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Principal Cornet Appointment at Imps

The Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band are delighted to announce that Leisa Mallalieu-Ingman has been appointed as the band’s new Principal Cornet Player.

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Leisa follows in the footsteps of great cornet players such as Graham Walker, Alan Exley, Phillip Denton and more recently Alan Fowler. Alan is excited to work with Leisa, supporting her as her new Assistant-Principal.

Leisa joins from Old Silkstone Brass Band and has been a part of their recent success and regeneration and is delighted to be working with the Yorkshire Imps:

 ‘I’m really excited about this opportunity, imps are a terrific sounding band and I’m looking forward to preparations for Butlin’s Mineworkers Contest and beyond that working with Russell Gray for the areas.’

We would also like to welcome Fraser Hill to the cornet section, who has joined from the York Railway Institute Band. Fraser brings a wealth of experience and will strengthen the band even further.

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Fraser (left)

Leisa and Fraser’s first appearance with the band will be at our Christmas Concert on the 3rd December at Christ Church in Ossett.

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Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Parish centre or on the door.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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.

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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.

Confirm your attendance here

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