Hebden Bridge March Contest
The band thoroughly enjoyed a day out to Hebden Bridge March Contest on Sunday 16th June. Following on from Adrian’s resignation (due to family commitments), the band was led by John Binns playing the hymn tune Lloyd and the contest march The Senator. The band performed well on the day and came 2nd in the 3rd Section.
North West Area Contest
On Sunday 24th February, Littleborough Band, along with many more bands from the North West descended upon the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the annual North West Area Contest. The band performed the area test piece for the 3rd Section (First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst) under the baton of Adrian Woodhead, their longstanding conductor, but sadly the results did not reflect the hard work and dedication put into rehearsals prior to the contest. Out of 18 bands, Littleborough were positioned 17th and will move into the 4th Section from January 2020, where they will not be hanging around!
Saturday 20th July saw the Band’s local park filled with visitors from far and wide. Many stalls were positioned around the park, including the Band’s teddy tombola which raised £175 on the day! The band took to the bandstand and played 60 minutes of varied and enticing music for all those who came to listen.
On Sunday 21st, the Band played in the square in Littleborough before meeting the rushcart at the Waterside Restaurant and escorting it into the square, along with local dancing groups and a group from Spain. The band played a selection of music from their current repertoire to supporters whilst they enjoyed the sunshine.
Hare Hill Park
Sunday 2nd June turned out to be a quite a nice day as Littleborough Brass Band took to the band stand in their local park. The band was conducted by John Binns and the music was greatly received by all those who came to listen.
St. Andrew’s Church, Dearnley
On Saturday 18th May, 2019, Littleborough Band collaborated with Just Voice choir and performed a wide range of music for a local audience at St. Andrew’s Church. The band members loved listening to the voices of the choir who they had worked with in the pervious year at a charity event raising money for Cancer Research UK.
They hope to be able to put on more collaborative concerts later on this year.
Christmas eve was Carols around the tree in the centre of Littleborough, Members of the band meet around the tree at 6:30pm and play for about half an hour, every year we get more and more people coming along for one last festive sing before Christmas Day. Merry Christmas everyone.
Sunday 23rd was the annual Christmas Concert at Littleborough Cricket Club, another full house with many people left standing at the back. It was fun and crazy as ever, but we would not want it any other way. Sadly, this concert is always the last official concert of the year and we all know we can now relax for Christmas.
On 22nd We had a new event this year which was for the Friends of Bamford, in Rochdale. This was another community Carol Concert, it is very pleasing to see new community groups formed to bring people together and enjoy a mince pie, a cup of mulled wine and sing a few Carols together. Well done Friends of Bamford!
Tuesday 18th the band played for the Terence O’ Grady Club which caters for young adults with learning difficulties. The people are just amazing at this Club and it is the band’s favourite concert of the year, everyone always goes home happy and smiling with a big sense of satisfaction.
Sunday 16th the band was in Hare Hill Park on the bandstand for the Friends of Hare Hill Park annual Carol Concert, another well attended event and a great afternoon enjoyed by everyone.
Friday 14th the band played a second concert at the Gordon Riggs Garden Centre in Rochdale, another full house and enjoyable night plus the band love playing these concerts at Gordon Riggs as we get fed pie at the interval.
Tuesday 11th December Littleborough Band joined the Holy Trinity School Choir at Littleborough Coach House for the annual community Carol concert.
On the 7th December the band preformed their 1st Christmas concert at Gordon Riggs Garden Centre in Rochdale. The band played some new Christmas music this year which included the theme from the film “The Polar Express”, “Silver and Gold” from the 1964 film “Rodolph the red nosed reindeer”, the song “It’s Beginning to look like Christmas” and Gavin Somerset’s arrangement of “Partridge in a Pear Tree” which is based on the “Twelve days of Christmas”.
Littleborough Band played Christmas Carols on 1st December to get the shoppers in a festive mood at Morrisons supermarket.
Our WW1 Concert on the 10th November 2018 was a sell out concert and a great success.
Remembrance Day was a wet one this year but there was hundreds of people out in Littleborough centre for the Act of Remembrance service.
The AGM for Littleborough Band will be held in the Band Room on Monday 9th September at 8.00pm. All are welcome to attend.
Sunday 6th October – The Band will be hosting their own concert at Littleborough Coach House. New repertoire will be on offer, along with the bands first outing under the baton of their new conductor Alan Seymour. Doors will open at 2.30pm and the concert will run from 3.00pm – 5.00pm. Tickets are available from Ann (07931 860211) or Elizabeth (01706 376660) at a cost of £5.00 each. .
Sunday 10th November, Remembrance Sunday – Littleborough Band will be representing the local community, leading the parade from Hare Hill Park to the Cenotaph in the village square.
Friday 6th and Friday 13th December – The Band return to Gordon Riggs Garden Centre in Rochdale to present their annual festive musical treat. This event is hosted by the garden centre and tickets can be bought directly from Gordon Riggs.
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 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.
In April 2019, Ady made the difficult decision to step down as the MD of the band that he had lead for more than 10 years. Being self employed and with a growing family Ady decided the time was right to take a break from conducting and enjoy what little free time he had. The band sought a new conductor with auditions taking place, and in July, Alan Seymour was appointed as the new Musical Director. Alan has over 25 years of conducting experience starting with a 10-piece pro brass group to his most recent position as MD with Goodshaw. Alan says he enjoys contesting but aims to put lots of time and effort into developing a repertoire which is enjoyable for the players as well as concert goers. He has attended the Ray Farr Conductores course in conjunction with Durham University and has led rehearsals and concerts for many bands in the North West as well as the North East.
The band look forward to developing as a team with Alan at the helm; their first concert will be held at Littleborough Coach House on Sunday 6th October. More details of this concert will be available nearer the time.