Mon 1 January 0001 - Mon 2 December 2019 , 1.05pm - 1.55pm
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall), Leeds Town Hall
University of Salford Brass Band
Richard Harvey - conductor
Thomas Leech - organ
Dan Price - Andromeda
William Rimmer - March: The Cossack
Carol sung by all: While Shepherds watched
E Sutton - The Paragon
Featuring cornet soloist Kyle Lawson
Eric Ball - The Kingdom Triumphant
Carol sung by all: Once in Royal David’s City
Organ Solo: Garth Edmundson - Toccata on Vom Himmel Hoch
G A Casanova/Corsin Tuor - Steila da Nadal
Leroy Anderson/Ernest Tomlinson - Sleigh Ride
Trad/Gordon Langford - A Christmas Fantasy
After its magnificent first appearance in our series last December, Salford University returns for another programme of virtuoso band music and Christmas favourites, joined of course by the Town Hall organ.
The University of Salford Brass Band was formed in the early 1970s by Dr Roy Newsome, founder of first British course in band musicianship, at what was then Salford College of Technology. He saw the course develop from diploma level to its BA honour status – the first of its kind in Europe. At around the same time Salford University and the College of Technology merged and thus the Band Musicianship course came under the wing of the university.
Eventually, when Dr Roy Newsome retired from full time education, the position of conductor was handed over to Professor David King, who over the many years masterfully steered the ensemble in many exciting and diverse directions, maintaining its remarkable high standard. Since his retirement the role has been filled by Dr Howard Evans, Dr Bob Childs, Dr Brett Baker, Tom Davoren and currently Richard Harvey. He continues to build on the traditions of the past as well as finding new directions for the future.
In the 35 years of the course its students have gone to all corners of Britain, as well as into many overseas countries – notably Norway, Australia and Japan, as teachers, performers, composers and conductors. From humble beginnings, the University of Salford Brass Band has become a major force in the academic world and has performed in most European countries, as well as in Russia and Brazil. The band covers all aspects of band music from early styles through to modern and avant-garde music and has given world premieres of many specially commissioned works.
Free admission, no ticket required.