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Black Dyke launches 2019 Festival

The popular event — packed with masterclasses and workshops and topped by a huge afternoon gala concert at Leeds Town Hall has been launched by Black Dyke — so make sure you sign up.

Dyke Festival
  The Black Dyke Festival features plenty of attractions, great music and a wonderful massed band...

The 2019 Black Dyke Festival will take place at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 2nd June.

Firmly entrenched as one of the leading events of its kind, it attracts performers as well listeners from all over the UK and Europe to a magnificent venue for a day of workshops and masterclasses rounded off by an audience friendly afternoon Gala Concert.


Director of Music Prof Nicholas Childs told 4BR: "The event has become one of the highlights of the calendar for the band as it enables us to reach out with our education and community objectives as well as provide a fantastic showcase of entertainment with a relaxing afternoon concert.

Being joined by the Yorkshire Youth Band is always a treat, as is the strong bond we've made with the outstanding community bands that join us on the day."

The MD revealed that the day will start with registration at 9.15am for workshops to be given by Richard Marshall (cornets), Katrina Marzella, Zoe Lovatt-Cooper and Siobhan Bates (middle of the band), Brett Baker (trombones), and Gavin Saynor and Dan Thomas (low brass). The cost is just £10.00.

Each workshop will start explore different aspects of player practice and skill development as well as giving invaluable performance tips and ensemble playing.

Gala Concert

It will culminate in the afternoon concert (3.00pm) when Black Dyke will showcase easy listening repertoire that also includes a brand new 'Black Dyke at the Movies' set, whilst the Yorkshire Youth Band will give a world premiere by Peter Graham entitled, 'Heroes of the North'.

The rousing finale will see the Queensbury band joined by their friends from Armthorpe Elmfield, Friezland, Delph, Dobcross Youth, Lofthouse 2000, Royal Buckley and Murley Bands — with one particular highlight sure to be no less than 30 cornet players raising the roof with 'Bugler's Holiday' and the huge sounds of 'Suite Gothique' to close.

Being joined by the Yorkshire Youth Band is always a treat, as is the strong bond we've made with the outstanding community bands that join us on the dayProf Nicholas Childs


Tickets can be obtained from the Leeds Town Hall Box Office 0113 376 0318 and for further information on how to take part and sign up for the day, contact Alison Childs, Festival Administrator on:

Sign up

Those wishing to sign up for the workshops should contact:

Richard Marshall (cornets):
Zoe Lovatt-Cooper (middle band):
Brett Baker (trombones):
Gordon Eddison (low brass):

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