Gray to Lead Area Contest Battle

The Yorkshire Imperial Urqhuart Travel Band is pleased to announce that Russell Gray will lead them to the 2017 Yorkshire Regional Contest. The set test piece is Herbert Howells, Pageantry. The band hopes this collaboration to be a successful one that will secure Imps’ status as a Championship Section band and one to build upon for the future.

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A former member of the Black Dyke Band, Russell Gray is currently Adjunct Professor at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Musical Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and has enjoyed working with many varied ensembles including Her Majesty’s Band of the Coldstream Guards, the Prince of Denmark’s Brass Ensemble, The Danish Royal Life Guards Band, Cambrian Philharmonic Orchestra, Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra, the Mueller International Chamber Orchestra, and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

Band Chairman Mark Tweedle told A4B: “Russell is one of the most successful and sought after conductors in banding. His considerable experience at the highest level, both as a performer and conductor, will be invaluable in preparing the band to deliver on the contest stage. This appointment is a clear indication of the band’s determination to  develop both musically and technically.”

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Vacancies

We have immediate vacancies for Principal Cornet, a Tutti Cornet and Percussion. Get in touch to register your interest, in confidence.

This is an exciting period for Yorkshire Imps under the new direction of David Hamilton and Russell Gray.

Imps secure signings after Bolsover Victory

After a busy summer auditioning new conductors and preparing for the next concert and contest season, Yorkshire Imps have welcomed some key signings which have lead the way to the band’s first British Entertainment contest win since 1995!

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Bolsover saw the band compete against 12 other championship section bands, picking up the Best Soloist Prize for Ginnette Baker’s rendition of Over the Rainbow, arranged by Ray Farr, with adjudicator Roger Webster remarking: “almost forgot to write, great playing from band and soloist.”

New Faces at Imps

We would like to welcome David Notley who has joined the band on Soprano Cornet. He has played with top flight bands such as the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Black Dyke Mills Band and more recently Wingates, whom he helped secure a place for the upcoming National Finals in London.

We would like to welcome back Henning Walker back to the cornet section. Henning was a valuable player and we are pleased he has returned to Huddersfield to carry on his studies and more IMPortantly, returning back to the band. We also welcome Peter Kench who has joined the cornet line from Barton Town Band.

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Welcoming Ben Scrivener to the Baritone section, we are sure he will learn a lot under the watchful eye of Bob. 10407953_315635901958626_1480659291738682528_n

We are sad to say goodbye to Matthew on 2nd trombone, but wish him all the best in his new career path. We are happy to announce that Lewis Blackmore will be replacing Matthew.

We would also like to welcome Charles Beresford to the Bass section who has recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield and the tuition of Shawn Crowther, and receiving the Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust Award and Armitage Brass Band award. Also joining our bass section, we have John Grayson joining us a very successful tenure with Stannington Brass, who have been in fine form and look forward to promotion to the 1st section.
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We are looking forward to the future and hope that all players have a successful career with the band.

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Vacancies

The band is still looking for a Principal Cornet, a tutti cornet a full time 3rd cornet, and a percussionist. If you are interested in joining the team then contact our player manager, Chris Newberry in confidence on 07930648825.

Hamilton Takes Pole Position at Yorkshire Imperial

The Yorkshire Imperial Urqhuart Travel Band is pleased to announce that David Hamilton has been appointed as their Musical Director.

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Moving to Manchester to study at the RNCM, David has since worked with the BBC Philharmonic and Orchestra of Opera North as well as having performed with most of the country’s top bands on the concert and contest platforms. A former winner of the NABBC Conductors Competition, David was previously resident conductor at Camborne Town Band and enjoys a close relationship with the Blackburn and Darwen Band and Annan Town Band in his home town and made his Championship Section adjudicating debut at the West Lothian Festival of Brass this year.

Band Chairman Mark Tweedle commented:

“The band is delighted to have secured the services of David, an outstanding young conductor who is quickly establishing a rapport with the band and extending our musical horizons.”

David will make his debut with the band at the Bolsover Festival of Brass.

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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!

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.
https://m.soundcloud.com/bob-morton/cambridge-variations-yorkshire-imperial-urquhart-travel-band

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