The regional profile of brass bands in the UK suffered a major blow this week with the news that the popular 'Yorkshire Brass' radio programme hosted by David Hoyle is to end.
Yorkshire Brass has long been a regular feature on BBC local Radio Leeds, Sheffield and York, but having being temporarily taken off air after the Coronavirus pandemic made it impractical for David to produce it at the studios, it has now been confirmed that there are no immediate plans for it to return to the airwaves
Speaking about the decision David said: "I'm proud to have brought brass band music to you on the BBC since 2008 and this decision makes me feel very sad. There may be a review of this timescale, but not until autumn.
I'm not angry — the management have had to make tough decisions. I would like to point out that the regional management are supportive of Yorkshire Brass and are seemingly stuck between a rock and a hard place on this and on similar issues with other shows.
The decisions regarding schedules are blanket and made at a national level. I've broadcast over 650 shows for the BBC and for it all to end now would be very a very hard pill to swallow."
I've broadcast over 650 shows for the BBC and for it all to end now would be very a very hard pill to swallowDavid Hoyle
David revealed that he is not alone in facing the end of his broadcast with a number of other freelance content producers seeing their contracts ending during the pandemic. However as the usual procedure to review programmes and renew contracts could not be held, the situation has arisen.
David has however been heartened by the support he has received and that the decision may well be favourably reviewed.
"I'm naturally pleased to be making short weekly appearances on BBC Radio Leeds each Sunday and this does give me hope that there is a future for Yorkshire Brass.
I appreciate all the kind words about what the show means to people and would like to thank them for the offers of a new home for the show.
To be honest though, I want to be back on local radio."