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80th Anniversary

The Yorkshire Imps are marking the 80th anniversary of the band on Saturday 22nd October with a special concert in Ossett Town Hall. Past and present members of the band will join forces to celebrate the Band’s remarkable musical history.

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The band was originally formed in 1936 as The Yorkshire Copper Works Band and was based in Stourton near Leeds where the Copper Works factory was based. When an industrial merger created Yorkshire Imperial Metals in 1958 the band’s name changed and they became affectionately known to the banding faternity as ‘ The Yorkshire Imps’.

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Following the ending of the sponsorship from Imperial Metal Industries in the 1990’s David Urquhart Travel stepped into the breach in order to keep the band and its proud Yorkshire name in existence. David Urquhart has generously sponsored the band for the last twenty years and the band are now known as the Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band.

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For much of the band’s 80 years it has featured consistently as one of the finest bands in Great Britain. Indeed, in Dr Roy Newsome’s ‘The Modern Brass Band’ (Ashgate, Aldershot 2006), they are listed as one of the top ten bands of the second half of the 20th century. The band has represented Yorkshire some twenty times at the National Finals been placed on no less than 15 occasions. Their success in the Yorkshire Area includes 24 top three places and 9 wins. Amongst some of their other notable achievements The Imps have been British Open Champions on 3 occasions with 13 places and a runner up position to add to their proud heritage.

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The celebration concert on the 22nd October provides an opportunity for supporters past and present and concert goers to join the band in an evening of musical favourites which will feature many of the band’s star soloists and chart key moments in the band’s history. The doors at Ossett Town Hall are open from 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30 start.

Buy Your Tickets

Tickets are FREE and you can get your ticket from several outlets:

  • Ossett Town Hall
  • Wakefield Events Team 01924 305 830
  • Band Members
  • Online here

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Update From Imps

It has been a while since we have posted on the website, and for good reason too! We (the Imps) have been hard at work preparing for several contests and concerts, as well as working with a new conductor – it has all been a bit hectic recently!

Spring Festival

The Imps didn’t have the best of weekends at this years spring festival, with Philip Sparkes Music for Battle Creek, however we did manage to give a performance worthy enough to stay in the Senior Cup. Now to some, this would be disappointing, however the band came off stage happy in the knowledge that we all performed together and enjoyed our time on stage with new conductor Steve Walsh.

Whit Friday

Fresh from the unfruitful weekend in Blackpool, the Imps were more determined than ever to pick themselves back up and restore some glory (and some funds into the coffers) at the Whit Friday Marches.

We competed in 10 Tameside contests and 1 in Saddleworth managing two first places on the Tameside circuit against strong opposition from bands such as Fodens, Leyland, Wingates and Rothwell.

Full results can be found here.

Conductor

After working with Steve Walsh for the past 2 months, Steve has won over the band, not only earning the trust and respect of the band but he has brought a vibrancy and energy to the band that really engaged all players and improved the band. We hope that Steve continues his great work with the band, especially after leading us to our two victories on Whit Friday.

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We would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the vacancy.

Players

The band have made a few changes to the players and would like to welcome several new members to the band.

Firstly, we would like to welcome Dawn McKone, who came out of retirement before the areas to help us out and just can’t get enough. Dawn has joined the band on Repiano, adding some great experience to the back row bench. Dawn is camera shy and very elusive!!

Secondly, we welcome Roy Taylor onto the back row bench too who joins us from Old Silkstone. Roy has tons of experience with top flight brass bands and his move is very much welcomed in the Imps cornet section.

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From the other side of the world, we welcome Ash Paradise. Ash moved from Australia to England some few months ago and has since moved to Yorkshire and joined Imps on the Solo Cornet line. Ash has been welcomed to the ladies cohort of the band with open arms, totting the number of ladies in the band to 3!

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Vacancies

The band are accepting applications for the following positions:

Soprano Cornet

3rd Cornet

Percussion

If you would like to be part of this forward thinking championship section Band please phone our player manager (Chris Newbery) on 07930648825 or email him at chris.newbery@hotmail.co.uk for a confidential discussion.

Upcoming Concerts

The band is looking forward to working with the Trinity Church in Ossett again for its Best of British Concert on the 11th June. To get more information on the event then click here.

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We are also looking forward to performing as art of Leeds Concert Series in Roundhay Park on the 14th August. More information can be found here.

Imps 80th Anniversary Celebrations

Later on in the year, we will be celebrating the anniversary of our 80th year of music making. We will be hosting a concert on the 22nd October in Ossett Town Hall and we are hoping to perform a joint program with the Imps Veterans.

If you are an Imp of past then get in touch – the more the merrier!

Stay posted for more updates!

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

*SPECIAL OFFER* 

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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Contest Preview in Centre of Huddersfield

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On the 28th February ’16 The Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band, Hade Edge, Frickley South Elmsall, Worsborough Brass and Tingley bands will be playing through the area test pieces in preparation for the Regional Area Contest in Bradford. The concert is being held in the Universities amazing concert venue, St. Paul’s Hall.

This will be the second year that this event has run and after the success of last year, we are holding the event again!

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

Entry is free.

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Contact us via the contact page if you would like more details.

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