Spring Festival Preview Concert 2016

Following on from the previous success of these events, The Imps will be holding another preview concert at the University of Huddersfield on the 8th May.11034443_779759122101119_6329648652205933797_o

The Yorkshire Imps will be joined on the night by: Wingates who will be performing Of Distant Memories by Gregson, and The Oldham and Lees Brass Band, who will also be performing their test piece, James Cook Circumnavigator by Vinter.

After the interval, there will be a short concert put on by the Imps.

Preview concert Spring Festival 2016

Doors open at 19:00, and the concert begins at 19:30.

Entry is free.

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A Tribute to Alan Exley: MD and Principal Cornet

Members of the Yorkshire Imperial Band will be paying tribute to their former Principal Cornet and Musical Director Alan Exley, at his funeral on Friday 8th April at 2.00pm, at Silkstone Church, High Street, Silkstone (S75 4JN). The cremation will take place at 3:30pm, at Grenoside Crematorium, 5, Skew Hill Lane, (S35 8RZ). A post funeral reception will take place at the Rose and Crown Pub, Barnsley Road, Hoylandswaine, (S36 7JA)

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Alan and the Yorkshire Imperial Band

Alan died in hospital following a bravely fought battle with cancer, on Wednesday 23rd March.  Aged 63, he enjoyed a highly successful playing career culminating in his appointment as principal cornet at Imps in 1983.  A decade later he relinquished his solo cornet role to take up the position of Musical Director, a post he held until 1997.

Alan loved his music and brought discipline and dedication to the role.  His work with the band was characterised by meticulous attention to detail whilst retaining the “soul” of the music. He was a great advocate of the “smooth rounded and controlled sound”.  During his four year conducting tenure the band secured 11 top 3 placings in national contests including wins in the 1993 Yorkshire Area and 1995 Brass in Concert.

Those who wish to be reminded of his wonderful playing can click on the link to hear his performance of  “Mexican Evening”  recorded with the Yorkshire Imperial Band in 1984.

Alan Remembered

“Alan was an Imps legend as a cornet player when I joined the band. My first rehearsal was Tuesday after the masters 1993 and he worked the band flat out for a Thursday night concert. My first thoughts were how efficient he was and what a work rate.

The concert on the Thursday was amazing I hadn’t seen a conductor have the audience in the palm of his hand all concert before. It was like Alan had cast an entertainment spell on them and the band just added the final topping to the Exley show. People could come to imps concerts Alan would do his thing and the audience would go home thinking the band were amazing even if the band hadn’t played a note.

There are two high points which stand out to me: October 1995, marching onto the Wembley turf, Alan leading us at the rugby world cup to a crowd of 80000 people and TV audience of 35 million worldwide, not once but twice.

The second was in November 1995,  winning Brass in Concert at Spennymoor even after time penalty points.

Alan Exley a true Imps legend”.

Jason Nowell

Alan’s playing career started at Clayton West Band on third cornet.  His musical talent clearly stood since he was recruited to Brighouse and Rastrick at the of 12 and was a member of the band that won the World Championship title in 1968 under the direction of Walter Hargreaves.  Alan’s tremendous range, formidable technique, beautiful sound and lyrical playing marked him out as one of the outstanding players of his generation and were factors in his winning the coveted titles of Champion Soloist of Great Britain and the Granada Champion Soloist.   Prior to joining Imps he played with many of the top bands in the country, including Black Dyke Mills and Grimethorpe and he was principal cornet for Hammonds Sauce Works, Carlton Main Colliery and Stanshawe Bands.

Throughout his career Alan gave generously of his time to helping and encouraging bands and players. He conducted Ecclesfield Band in 1977, leading them to the Fourth Section National Championship of Great Britain and Senior Trophy titles in 1978. He also enjoyed success with Askern Colliery, Dinnington Colliery and Old Silkstone Bands.

A versatile and hard-working musician, he was committed to making music a pleasurable and memorable experience for the listener and performer alike.  He will be sadly missed.

“Alan Exley, a true Imps legend”

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Imps Announce Spring Festival MD….

Since the recent departure of the bands MD Stig Mærsk, the band have received several applications to fill the position of Musical Director. 

After several IMPressive rehearsals, the band have appointed Steve Walsh to take the band to the Spring Festival and to Whit Friday. We are looking forward to working with Steve. 

Auditions will resume after both contests.

Keep posted for information on the Spring Festival Preview Concert that is due to take place on the 8th May.

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Imps celebrate Queens 90th Birthday

Yorkshire Imps and Trinity Church have been building on a working relationship, putting on concerts for the local community in Ossett and Wakefield.


This summer, we will be celebrating the Queens 90th birthday with a Best of British themed concert featuring music from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales which pays tribute to Great Britons such as William Shakespeare, James Bond and The Royal Family.


The concert will be held at Trinity Church, Ossett on Saturday 11th June and will begin at 19.30

VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310WThe Trinity Church is a beautiful Grade II* listed building, built from Yorkshire Stone and is home to fabulous stained glass work that will be on show on the evening. Trinity Church is one of only three churches in the UK who can ring a peal of 14 bells – IMPressive.

The concert will be fun, patriotic and highly enjoyable. Not to be missed.

Buy Your Tickets

Tickets are reasonable priced at £10 for Adults and £8 for concessions. You can buy tickets online here and we will announce when tickets will go on sale from the church and another venue.


We are offering a special discount if people are wishing to buy a group ticket for £28. For two Adult tickets and Two Concession tickets, we are offering more than 20% discount and can be bought only online.

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Imps and Mærsk part ways

It is with great sadness to announce that Stig Mærsk’s time with the Yorkshire Imps has come to an end.

Stig finished his last contest with the Yorkshire Imps this Sunday at the Yorkshire Areas.
Stig added: “I would like to send a massive thank you to the Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band for a very good two years together. I have made a lot of good friends there, and their commitment and kindness is extraordinary.

I wish them the very best for the future, and I hope they can achieve the goals we set out together.”

We would like to thank Stig for all of his hard work in taking the band over the past two years and wish him luck in the future.

You can follow the link below to hear some of the bands performances under Stig, and more recently, of Cambridge Variations.

We are accepting applications for a new Conductor/Musical Director. You can contact us through the contact submission form on the contact us page.

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The website for the world famous Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Band