facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us


Black Dyke

Conductor: Philip Goodwin
George Lawton Hall
Thursday 30th May

This time last year Black Dyke made a return to Mossley in Tameside after an absence of over half a century.  12 months on and they popped back with a display of familiar repertoire under conductor Philip Goodwin in support of the local Whit Friday contests.

Appropriate then that the iconic sounds of the march ‘Queensbury’ opened proceedings, with a ferociously paced ‘Force of Destiny’ overture to follow - one that evoked memories for some in the audience of the great CWS Manchester approach under Alex Mortimer. 


Richard Marshall was the first soloist on Herman Bellstedt’s quirky ‘The American Boy’ - a pot-pourri of snippets of turn of the century American tunes, before taking a back seat for his colleagues to deliver ‘Cornet Carillon’. The popular ‘Movies Set’ showcasing excerpts from ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘James Bond’ was delivered with comfortable slickness.

Zoe Lovatt-Cooper was the lyrical lead on ‘By Treverne Bay’ before the first half concluded with a bold rendition of Peter Graham’s ‘Shine as the Light’.

The generosity shown by the Queensbury outfit extended to St John’s Band (Mossley), who took to the stage to open the second half with proud delight.

The popular ‘Movies Set’ showcasing excerpts from ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘James Bond’ was delivered with comfortable slickness.


Former MD Stephen Corbett listened intently at their brief, well drilled set that included ‘Prismatic Light’, ‘Eventide’ and the Whit Friday favourite ‘Viva Birkinshaw’. It was also a memorable night for Robert Sykes (father of presenter and brass band fan Melanie Sykes) who was acknowledged for his 60 years of dedicated banding commitment earlier this year.

Black Dyke returned for the trio of ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, ‘Lil’Darlin’ (featuring the band’s new sop player Connor Lennon with Dave Smith), before ‘Ol’ Man River’ fizzed at a torrent. 

‘1812’ Overture and the obligatory encore ‘How Great Thou Art’ rounded off a relaxed, enjoyable evening.  

Malcolm Wood

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    

Black Dyke Band - Whitley Bay Playhouse

Sunday 16 June • Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ

Thundersley Brass Band - Music in the Park

Sunday 16 June • Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ND

Sherborne Town Band - Sherborne Youth Band

Sunday 16 June • Digby Road DT9 3NB

Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Concentus - sings

Saturday 22 June • St. Saviours Church, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT

Black Dyke Band - BrassPass.tv Band of Year Gala Concert, Manchester

Saturday 22 June • Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

Medway Band

June 16 • Resident MD required to work with our Professional MD Nigel Taken. Required to take rehearsals fortnightly and help prepare the band for contests and concerts. Looking for someone prepared to work to the criteria set by the Professional Conductor.

Shirley Band

June 15 • Shirley Band require a Tenor Trombone and Bass Trombone to join our friendly and hardworking 1st section band. We rehearse Wednesday and Friday evenings in Hockley Heath, 5 minutes from Junction 4 of the M42, with easy access from across the Midlands.

Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe

June 15 • Prospect Brass require a trombone (position negotiable) to join our team. We have a sensible yet exciting schedule of contests & concerts for the year ahead. We rehearse in our very own purpose built bandroom mon/fri 8-9.30pm

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer