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2018 Grand Shield winner performs in Leeds posted 20 Dec 2018

2018 Grand Shield winner performs in Leeds

Leeds Best of Brass continues at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 19 January with a performance from the 2018 Grand Shield holder, the Hammonds Saltaire Band. 

Under the baton of Yorkshire-born maestro Morgan Griffiths, Hammonds Saltaire Band performs a mix of brass compositions and classical arrangements including a medley from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Lovatt-Cooper’s fiery piece - Tale of the Dragon, inspired by ancient Japanese legend. 

The Hammond Saltaire Band was founded in 1855 as the Saltaire Band by Sir Titus Salt: one of the amenities for the workers at his recently opened mill. Later the band had a long association with Hammonds Sauce Works under the baton of the legendary Geoffrey Whitham. Now with Morgan Griffiths as Musical Director, the band performs as Hammonds Saltaire; celebrating both important eras in its history. The band is the holder of the Grand Shield 2018, taking the title with a performance showing “an impressive mix of the essential contesting attributes of excellent preparation, intelligent conducting and confident execution”.

Morgan Griffiths was born in Batley, West Yorkshire into a strong brass banding family. He was taught the cornet in his formative years by his father Edward Griffiths, himself a very successful brass band conductor. After only a short period on cornet Morgan switched to euphonium and studied with the legendary Black Dyke euphonium player and conductor Geoffrey Whitham, who was to have a major influence on his playing style. Morgan has been Musical Director of Hammonds Saltaire Band since 2007. He has guided the band through a gradual rebuilding process which has seen the band claim prizes at all the country’s major competitions including the British Open Championships from 2014, qualifying for the National Finals in 2011 (First Section) and 2017 (Championship Section) as well as regular appearances at the Brass in Concert Championships in Gateshead. Under Morgan’s leadership the band now has many concerts, recordings and cross-cultural projects to its name, all establishing the bands reputation in the wider music world.

Tickets for the Hammonds Saltaire Band at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 19 January are priced at £12.50 (£10.50 concessions) and can be purchased from the Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online.

Book for Hammonds Saltaire Band at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 19 January.