On Sunday 26th May over 60 musicians from the Elland Silver Band organisation, consisting of all ages and abilities joined together in a side-by-side workshop.

The aim was to introduce the younger and less experienced musicians from across the organisations six brass bands to new repertoire, sit alongside more experienced players, and gain insight into how to improve their playing.

The workshop was led by the senior bands Musical Director, Dr Brett Baker, with Sam Harrison, Musical Director for the Youth & Community Band and Thomas Cobham, Brass Tutor & Musical Director of the Starter Band also directing pieces.

Kerrie Baldwin, representing the ABRSM also gave a short presentation on the ABRSM syllabus reportoire and and benefits of exams and UCAS points.

The workshop was really well received and the organisation are planning for future events in the autumn.

“My daughter and her friends were buzzing after. Being part of that big sound was brilliant for them and really inspiring.”

“Truly enjoyed today, definitely challenging, but in a good way.”

Elland Silver Band is one of the largest brass band organisations in the North of England, with exciting aspirations to build on it it’s ethos of nurturing players of all ages and abilities and putting music at the heart of the community. The organisation are bidding for funds from the Community Ownership Fund to support the acquisition of bigger premises, which will provide the facilities to offer more workshops, summer schools and performances.