Aspiring brass players invited to masterclass at Dobcross

YOUNG musicians of the future can play alongside the best in brass at Dobcross Youth Band’s masterclass on Saturday, November 18.

Aspiring brass players aged 13 or under are invited to an afternoon of music workshops with some of the country’s top brass players and teachers.

Training section members, Amelie Popplewell and Ruby Ball

They will enjoy expert coaching in their instruments as well as practising a piece of music to perform in a concert for parents and supporters later in the day.

Among the star brass players sharing their skills is James Garlick, a top class trombonist who has played with the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata as well as many of the UK’s leading brass bands.

He is currently conductor of Boarshurst Silver Band.

There will also be Seth Livingstone, a former Dobcross Youth Band euphonium player now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and playing with Rainford Band and the award-winning Brass Compass Quartet.

Joining them is Kathleen Gaspoz, Brighouse and Rastrick’s first female principal cornet. She recently won the best instrumentalist title at the National Championships of Great Britain, with Brighouse and Rastrick crowned champions.

Other players from championship bands will also be playing at the event and sharing their skills.

Melanie Garlick, Associate Musical Director, said: “We hope lots of local children will join us and be inspired by playing alongside some very talented players.

“This is very much a community event – it is not just for our own players and we would welcome players from other bands and those who aren’t with a band too.

“It’s rare for younger players to be given this sort of opportunity and it should be a fantastic day.”

Places must be reserved in advance by ringing Jenny Wood on: 07828 099296.

The day starts at 1pm at Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Dobcross. The children will have a light meal of pizza before the short concert for parents and friends at Dobcross Band Club, Platt Lane at 6pm.

Parents are asked to contribute £3 per child towards the cost of the day and can stay with their child during the day if they wish.

Meanwhile, the Youth Band, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, is also looking forward to playing for the Remembrance Day Service at Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross, on Sunday, November 12.

It has beginners and intermediate sections as well as the youth band and new players aged seven-18 are always welcome.

Anyone interested should email:


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