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Banding heavyweights join forces

Wednesday 6 April, 2022

Brass music fans were given a treat for the ears recently, as Brighouse and Rastrick Band joined forces with Black Dyke Band for a massed band concert in Huddersfield Town Hall. The event, on March 26, was finally able to take place following two years of COVID-enforced disruption.

Steven Mead looks back on the action.


Let me begin with a confession. I’ve never really been a fan of massed bands. I was involved with many during my years with Desford and I’ve heard many since. What is the problem? Not sufficient detail preparation, lack of transparency, overblowing, different intonation between bands and soloists, and lack of a variety of tonal colours.

I’m happy to report that Saturday’s concert has changed my mind. It was outstanding from beginning to end, ultimately sending a capacity audience at Huddersfield Town Hall into the night happy and rejuvenated.

It has been tough to attract audiences to live events for reasons we all understand but there was a certain area of triumph about this evening, as we witnessed two bands at the top of the game come together with serious intent to create something memorable.

Huddersfield Town Hall is a venue revered historically by bands and provided us all with a full resident acoustic, yet gave enough detail for us to enjoy the intricacies of each of the works selected. Professor Nicholas Childs directed the band through the whole programme and from the very beginning, showed great authority and attention to detail.

It’s not often you hear two bands so well prepared in what was actually quite an adventurous programme in terms of its demands on the musicians.

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