Rolling out top brass for exclusive concert

The Black Dyke Band
The Black Dyke Band

The world-famous Black Dyke Band will delight fans of brass band music with an exclusive concert performance at New Mills Art Theatre later this month.

The performance will take place at the Jodrell Street venue on Saturday April 26, at 7.30pm, with proceeds helping to support local community groups and events.

Formed in 1855, the Black Dyke Band is the most recorded band in the world and also the most successful, winning the European Championships 12 times, the British Open no fewer than 29 times and the national championships 22 times. It has also been crowned Champion Band at the English National Championships in four of the last five years.

The band enjoys a rich heritage, having formerly been the band of Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury, West Yorkshire, a company owned by John Foster. A French horn player, Foster joined with others in a small brass and reed band in Queensbury in 1816.

After this, and its replacement the Queenshead Band, both faltered, Foster and a group of musicians established the New Mill band in 1855, outfitting it with uniforms made from the mill’s own cloth.

Most of the musicians in the band also worked at the mill, and a close bond was fostered with the local community. The band has remained active ever since, and still rehearses in its original rooms.

Tickets for the April 26 performance, priced £15, are available in advance on 01663 742951, or on the door on the night of the performance.