Masterclass thrills young brass players at Dobcross

YOUNG musicians of the future played alongside the best in brass at Dobcross Youth Band’s masterclass.

Masterclasses led by Rebecca Doyle

An afternoon of workshops with some of the region’s top musicians was attended by 35 youngsters, aged from six to 12 years old.

After the expert coaching, they joined together with their tutors for a short concert at Dobcross Band Club, treating the audience to a selection of festive tunes.

Trombonist James Garlick was musical director for the day.

He is a former musical director of the Youth Band, has played with the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata as well as many leading brass bands, and is currently conductor of Boarshurst Silver Band, the 2nd section National Champions,

Another tutor was Seth Livingstone, a former Dobcross Youth Band euphonium player now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and playing solo euphonium with Rainford Band as well as performing with the award-winning Brass Compass Quartet.

There was also Rebecca Doyle, a former player with both Delph and Dobcross Youth Bands and now principal horn with Leyland Band, and Dave Karran, who is principal cornet with City of Bradford Brass Band.

Masterclasses led by Seth Livingstone

They were joined by Tom Haslam, who is musical director of Greenfield Band and popular with local children through his role with Oldham Music Service, and also Eleanor Chester, a percussionist who has played with several top bands as well as studying music at the University of Salford.

Youth band member Ben Hill-Wilson, aged 15, also gave up his time to help the younger players out.

Sue Crook, Band chairman, said: “It was a wonderful day at Brass Stars and the children who attended have taken away such a fantastic experience.

“The music performance was fantastic – in fact it was so good that we have asked the children to do it again at our annual Christmas concert on Friday 22 December.”

Dobcross Band Club, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, has beginners and intermediate sections as well as the youth band and new players aged seven-18 years old are always welcome. 

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