Concert at Gordon Rigg Rochdale – 13 April
North West Area Contest -26th February
Sunday 23rd April – Joint Concert with Training band at Littleborough coach house
Saturday 29th April – Ashworth Church
Sunday 14th May – Boarshurst Band club (8pm)
Friday 9th June – Whit Friday
(we are not entering this year)
Littleborough training band rehearse on Wednesdays evening. It’s a great place for players, young or old to come and improve their musical skills within a fun and exciting band environment. Many of the players in the senior band started their playing careers in our training band.
If you are interested in joining or just coming down to the band room to give it a try, please see the ‘Contact Us’ page.
The band recorded a CD in celebration of 150 years back in 2012 which is now at a reduced price of £5!
get in touch with us on our ‘contact us’ page to order yours now.
Track 01: Trailblaze, Goff Richards
Track 02: Dimitri, Rodney Newton – Soloist Beth Haworth (Flugel Horn)
Track 03: I’ll Walk With God, Nicholas Brodszky arr. Goff Richards
Track 04: Frolic For Trombones – Featuring Sumayah Refaat, Michelle Kowalski, Stephen Lord (Trombones)
Track 05: The Contestor, TJ Powell
Track 06: Share My Yoke, Joy Webb arr. Ivor Bosanko – Soloist Laura Whittaker (Cornet)
Track 07: Concerto De Aranjuez, Rodrigo arr. Bolton – Soloist Beth Haworth (Flugel Horn)
Track 08: Manhattan Spiritual, Blilly Maxed arr, Timothy Paton
Track 09: Let Me Try Again, arr. Simon Kerwin – Soloist Lucy Smith (Soprano Cornet)
Track 10: St. Clement, C.C. Scholefield
Track 11: Czardas, Vittorio Monti arr. Dai Bach – Soloist Nick Wallwork (Vibraphone and Xylophone)
Track 12: Lord Of The Dance, Ronan Hardiman arr. Frank Bernaerts
Musical Director: Adrian Woodhead
Band Manager: Ann Whittaker
Training Band Manager: Laura Whittaker
Training Band Musical Director:Victoria Seymour
The first recorded performance was on 20th December 1862 when a newly formed Littleborough Public Silver Band performed for the Littleborough Relief Fund (we believe this was in aid of the problems following the Gale floods if we are not mistaken). This performance was recorded in the Rochdale Observer.
The band was originally formed from three bands, one of which was Littleborough Temperance Band. The band re-enacted the War of the Roses with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on York Train Station platform. This was in 1876 and followed a contest where Littleborough beat Brighouse again!
Littleborough Band won the British Open Championships at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester in 1883. One of the first Whit Friday Quick Step Contests outside Saddleworth was held in Chadderton in the 1890’s and Littleborough travelled to compete, attaining second place.
In 2001, Matthew Bailey took over as the band’s conductor. Beginning with only a handful players, over the next few years Matthew was able to build up the band until we had a full compliment of players. During this time Matthew was able to bring stability to the band and helped us to grow in our musical ability and as a result the band was able to resume taking part in contests from Lancashire to Yorkshire which led to a 2nd place at Greenfield on the Whit Friday Marches.
At the end of 2007, Matthew decided he wanted to continue his playing career and therefore resigned as our
From 2008, Doug Clarkson was appointed as the band’s Musical Director. Due to unforeseeable health problems, Doug Clarkson announced his resignation from the band. Ady Woodhead was appointed temporary conductor during the summer months to lead us through one of the band’s busiest periods. Following a committee meeting in September 2008, it was decided to appoint Ady as the band’s full time Musical Director.
Since 2008, Ady has worked tirelessly to get the band up to full strength (a challenge now almost complete) and has progressed the band with fantastic performance and great results at contesting level. In 2012, the band were promoted to the third section and have been growing stronger ever since.
Over the years the band has had great success competing against other third section band, especially in 2014 where they won in the third section at Hebden Bridge march contest. Ady and the band look forward to continuing their hard work contesting in the third section and perfoming at various concerts and events in the future.