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Black Dyke Shirebrook Concert commemmorates WWI

Bolsover District Council commissioned one of the world leading brass band composers to write a piece of music to commemorate the centenary of World  War 1 which was written for brass band and narrator and is based on the Laurence Binyon poem "For The Fallen".
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Narrated by BBC Radio 2 presenter Frank Renton and performed by the Black Dyke Band (European Brass Band Champions)  - the premiere was on Saturday 7th November 2015 at Shirebrook Leisure Centre . The film was uploaded onto YouTube in early December and has already had over 700 viewings.

One link is to the film with premiere performance and the other link is an interview with the composer:

This is the link to the Philip Sparke interview:

Link to the film of the concert:

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Brass band lovers were treated to a unique concert and day of music-making in Shirebrook as European  Champions Black Dyke showed why they are one of the best in the business. 

During the day (Saturday 7 November) 43 young people attended workshops at Shirebrook Academy and were given expert tuition and coaching by Black Dyke principal players, led by Professor Nicholas Childs. Those who attended the senior band workshops then had the opportunity to perform two massed band items during the evening concert with Black Dyke.

A grandparent of one of the children who attended the workshops said, “Many thanks for the informative day for my grandchild. He learnt a lot from it. The concert was brilliant.”

Another parent said, “Thank you for arranging the junior band day on Saturday.  My daughter had a wonderful time.  She had become frustrated with the cornet and was on the verge of quitting her lessons before she came to the band day, but bounced out of the day freshly enthused, practiced for 20 minutes straight last night and says she is going to try to do her grade 2 at the next opportunity.”

After the workshops the current European Champions 2015, Black Dyke Band led by Music Director Professor Nicholas Childs performed the concert at Shirebrook Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 November 2015. 

The event was organised by Bolsover District Council in collaboration with Shirebrook Town Council and funded by Arts Council England’s “Grant for the Arts” funding through the Arts Council’s National Lottery programme, this unique concert featured a specially commissioned piece by Bolsover District Council to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 entitled “In Memoriam – To the Fallen”. 

The premiere performance was recorded live and a film was made from the premiere performance to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 which also focussed on those that lost their lives during World War 1 from Shirebrook with a roll of honour of those that made that ultimate sacrifice. The film received over 1500 viewings in it's first week on YouTube viewings and sharing of this film are still increasing.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “To learn from one of the best bands in the world is a unique experience and we have been overwhelmed with comments and compliments about the whole day. We have a strong and rich heritage of brass music in the District and that’s why we put on events such as this which shows how much people enjoy and want to take part.”

The piece, based on the Binyon poem "To the Fallen" used each year at cenotaphs around the world was narrated by BBC Radio 2’s presenter of the  "Listen to the Band" programme, Frank Renton to the music. The concert also included some popular Proms music and featured a soloist soprano singer Sarah Ogden who led on Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance no.1 (Land of Hope and Glory).

Also included in the evening’s repertoire was 633 Squadron by Ron Goodwin, March from the Pines of Romes by Respighi, Dam Busters March by Coates, Black Dyke Big Band Set. The band’s soloists were Richard Marshall (Cornet), Jonathan Bates (Tenor Horn), Gary Curtin (Euphonium), Chris Binns (Trombone) and Andrea Price (Xylophone).

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