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Black Dyke Band

Sat 13 Jan, 7:30pm

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This concert is part of Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24.

Professor Nicholas Childs – conductor

Eric Ball Star Lake Listen
Arthur Bliss Kenilworth Listen
Leonard Ballantine/Craig Woodland Don’t Doubt Him Now Listen
Featuring cornet soloist Richard Marshall
Karl Jenkins/Tony Small The Armed Man:
Benedictus Listen
Featuring flugel horn soloist Stephanie Binns and euphonium soloist Adam Bokaris
Better is Peace
Paul Lovatt-Cooper Upon Green Vales Listen
Featuring tenor horn soloist Siobhan Bates
Paul Lovatt-Cooper Above and Beyond


Paul Lovatt-Cooper Enter the Galaxies Listen
Soloist Showcase
Dorothy Gates Servant of Peace
Featuring trombone soloist Brett Baker
Lawrence Inns Robbin’ Harry Listen
Featuring xylophone soloist Gareth Hand
John Hartmann/Dan Price Rule Britannia Listen 
Featuring euphonium soloist Adam Bokaris
James Bond 007 Suite:
John Barry/Darrol Barry On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Martin Hamlisch/Robin Dewhurst Nobody Does it Better Listen
Featuring Stephanie Binns, Siobhan Bates, Alison Childs & Amy Paterson
Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney/Ray Farr Live and Let Die Listen
Featuring soprano soloist Connor Lennon
Antonín Dvořák Finale from The New World Symphony Listen

Formed in Queensbury, West Yorkshire in 1855, Black Dyke Band is the most successful contesting band in the world. With Musical Director Nicholas Childs at the helm and renowned musicians in its ranks including Principal Cornet player Richard Marshall, Black Dyke is the current National Champion. The band remains at the forefront of brass band activity with over 350 recordings to its name. In October 2020, Black Dyke’s recording of music by John Rutter became the first by a brass band to reach Number 1 in the classical music chart.

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The Series

This concert is the third of eight in the Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24 series.  View all eight concerts. View the brochure online.


About the Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24 series

The series features some of the UK’s best Championship brass bands including perhaps the most famous brass band in the world, Black Dyke Band, with Musical Director Nicholas Childs at the helm and renowned musicians in its ranks. The line-up also features Brighouse & Rastrick Band who have attracted a formidable reputation for notable triumphs in the highly competitive contesting field and its famous 1977 hit The Floral Dance which won silver and gold discs for massive record sales. Not to mention the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band who received two gold discs as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie Brassed Off. The versatile Fairey Band, Hammonds Band, Flowers Band, GUS Band, and Leeds’ very own Rothwell Temperance Band complete the series.

Leeds Best of Brass takes place at Morley Town Hall, a beautiful Grade I listed building with a traditional Victorian concert hall. Seating in this venue is unreserved. Found out all about Morley Town Hall.

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We caught up with John O’Brien, second cornet player of Black Dyke Band, ahead of his performance at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 13 January 2024 as part of Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24.

How long have you played with Black Dyke Band and what position do you currently hold?
I am now in my 25th year with the band and in all of that time I have had the pleasure of playing second cornet.

What’s the best thing about playing in a brass band?
Playing in a band is quite unique, as well as playing a very wide range of music you get to play alongside wonderful people and have opportunities to meet other similarly minded musicians all the time.

What’s your highlight so far with Black Dyke Band?
There have been so many, but I must say, my absolute personal favourite has been our tours of Japan in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

How did you get involved with playing a brass instrument?
At primary school we didn’t really have music lessons as such, so my first real experience came at secondary school. I took instantly to music and went to ask the music teacher if I could sign up for an instrument but they had all gone by the time I got to her. I pestered her so much that she agreed to give me lessons on the recorder for half an hour a week, until someone decided that playing an instrument just wasn’t for them, so I leaped at the opportunity, it just happened that it was a brass instrument and I have never looked back.

What was your earliest musical experience?
As a baby I was briefly exposed to some Black Sabbath, apparently I screamed the place down until it stopped. As a toddler though my father told me that I would wander around the house incessantly singing the chorus to Yellow River by Christie with the words “Lellow River”! As a participant though, my first real musical experience that I remember was performing in my high school choir in our first Christmas concert, my parents were extremely proud.

Who has been your biggest influence?
Even though she died when I was fifteen, I would have to say my mother, for her positive outlook and the kindness she always showed to everyone and anyone.

Do you enjoy practising or find it a chore?
As a burgeoning musician at school I used to love practicing, though our neighbours and my younger brothers used to have a different response to the amount I used to do. If it’s done properly, it’s never a chore, it can be hard work, but it is always ultimately rewarding.

Were your parents musical?
My father wasn’t no, my mother did have piano lessons as a girl though I never heard her play. My grandfather (on my mother’s side) was a very big fan of opera, the music of Verdi and Puccini in particular and at one time he had an extensive collection of 78rpm records.

What piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
Contest Music by Wilfred Heaton is my all-time favourite piece of music for brass band.

What’s the best and worst things about performing?
The best thing about performing is seeing the joy and pleasure that you give to audience members, being able to share wonderful musical experiences with them. The worst thing about performing for me is that I do suffer from cold sores, when one decides to erupt, they make it very difficult and sometimes almost impossible to be able to play, never mind play to the ability that you are normally able, it’s the frustration and powerlessness of effectively being prevented being able to perform to your normal standard.

What can the audience expect from a performance by Black Dyke Band?
Exceptionally high standard of musicality, a wide variety of music, thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. At the end of the night, they will be wishing that they could just hit a replay button and experience the concert all over again.


Standard: £16
Concession: £14 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged, and LeedsCard Extra holders)
Under 26s: £10
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