Imps Fight Back for the Heroes

The Yorkshire Imps attended a rather unfruitful contest in Perth, at the Scottish Open Championships this year. They performed Andrew Duncan’s Cantata’ and was placed a disappointing 11th place out of 16 bands. The full result can be seen at

Despite the unsuccessful contest, the Imps went on to provide a brilliant and thought provoking joint concert with the Military Wives’ Choir York. The concert was a massive success and we were able to make a donation to Help for Heroes.

The Yorkshire Imps are now looking forward to the upcoming Preston Contest in February and the great Yorkshire Area in March.

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We wish everybody love and happiness over the festivities, and thank you for all of your support this year.

Yorkshire Imps Help the Heroes

The Yorkshire Imps are joining forces with the Military Wives Choir to present a fabulous Christmas Concert Weekend. Our first performance will be on the 5th December at Morley Town Hall; our second will be the following day on the 6th December at Castleford Civic Centre.   Both concerts start at 7.30pm and due to be a sell out event!

Military wives choir picband

All profits from the concert will be donated to the charity Help for Heroes to support their inspiring work with those who have made sacrifices in the service of their country.   Band Chairman Mark Tweedle commented, “No-one who has seen the remarkable work of the specialist rehabilitation centres, such as Headley Court, can be in any doubt that this is a most worthwhile cause”.

The Band is honoured to be sharing a platform with the Military Wives Choir (York).  The choir, which is composed entirely of wives of serving military personnel is part of a Military Wives Choir network, which now spans the world.  Founded in September 2013, following the success of the first Military Wives’ Choir under their inspirational conductor Gareth Malone, the York Choir helps women share the enjoyment and pride that comes from singing together.  Although not a “professional choir” the members aspire to the highest musical standards whilst learning new skills, helping each other through the bad times and celebrating the good times.  Choir Secretary Allison West comments “We have become a crucial part of the military network for many women, and we hope to be able to continue for many, many years to come”.

The programme, which is designed to appeal to all musical tastes, will include the choir singing the chart topping hit “Wherever you are” and performances from some of the band’s outstanding soloists in addition to festive items which should prove the perfect start to the Christmas season.





Yorkshire Imps put on a show at Thornhill


After some successful contests under Stig, this was his first concert with the band. The band performed some challenging pieces, amongst which was the world famous Riverdance by B. Whelan.

Stig brought a flavour of Denmark with him to this concert with Carl Nielson’s, Prelude, Saul and David.

The band are looking forward to our Christmas concerts, joining forces with the Military Wives. The concert is in aid of Help for Heroes.

For further details, seek our engagements section.


Champions again…..

Yorkshire Imps attended both Morley March Contest and Hebden Bridge March Contest this year. New Musical Director Stig Maersk, changed the bands traditional contest march from “Mephistopheles” to “The Wizard”. “Deep Harmony” was the band’s chosen hymn, working tirelessly on the chord functions and intonation.

The band drew number 12 at Morley the band put on a sterling performance, so much so that both adjudicators Mr Alan Morrison & Mr Alan Holdsworth gave the band 1st place for both performances, thus giving the band out right Champions of Morley March Contest 2014.

4Barsrest, the brass band movements favourite website said:


There was something of an upset too, as Yorkshire Imperial DUT claimed the £500 first prize ahead of contest march specialists Marsden Silver, with reigning champion Skelmanthorpe completing the Yorkshire podium finishers in third.

A resurgent Imps certainly impressed the judges, Alan Morrison and Alan Holdsworth to boost the coffers by also taking the £60 prizes for ‘best’ hymn tune and ‘best’ march performances to head back home £620 better off.”

Overall results were as follows:

March/Hymn* = Total
*Takes precedent

1. Yorkshire Imperial DUT: 94/92 = 186
2. Marsden Silver: 93/91 = 184
3. Skelmanthorpe: 87/90* = 177
4. Drighlington: 88/89* = 177
5. Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass: 90/87 = 177
6. Kippax: 91/85 = 176
7. Knottingley Silver: 89/86 = 175
8. Hade Edge: 86/88 = 174
9. Tewit Youth Intermediate: 81/80* = 161
10. Hade Edge Academy Youth: 82/79 = 161
11. Elmfield Brass (Stockport): 80/78 = 158
12. Tingley Brass: 79/77 = 156

New MD, Mr Stig Mærsk said:


“I was pleased to hear that the band won best hymn tune, best march and best band overall.
When i decided to change the march from Mephistopheles to The Wizard, the band took the challenge and trusted my decision.
The band have worked with great commitment and positive attitude ever since i arrived, and we have got every oportunity to take the band forward from here.
I would like to thank everyone associated with the band and offer my biggest congratulations to the players on a fantastic win.”

Stig Mærsk

Both pieces of music can be heard here on youtube:

Deep Harmony 

The Wizard

One listener has already took the time to comment on our performance on Sunday:


David Preston – Had the pleasure of being in Morley on sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon … Didn’t stay for the results but was not surprised to see you won on the website … Not a trained musician by any standard but I thought you were a class above ..
Well Done”


Thank you David, it’s just the start……..

Imps announce their new Musical Director

The Yorkshire Imperial David Urquhart Travel Band are pleased to announce the appointment of the Danish cornet virtuoso Stig Maersk to succeed David Nesbitt as their new Musical Director.

Stig Maersk

Stig was Principal Cornet with the Danish National Champions, Concord Brass. Since graduating he has played professionally with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Band of the Danish Royal Guards. He has worked as Musical Director of The Aarhus Band and The Concord Band. Stig and his wife moved to Yorkshire in 2012 where he teaches brass at The University of York St John. In 2013 he was appointed as Musical Director of the National Youth Band of Denmark, a position he still holds.

Band Chairman Mark Tweedle commented, “Stig quickly established an excellent rapport with the band when he guided our preparations for the Yorkshire Area contest. All of our players are looking forward to working with him on a permanent basis. I know he is excited to have the opportunity to work with a band with a great history and is very much looking forward to further extending our musical boundaries.”