Elland Silver Youth Band to kick off series of concerts featuring youth bands

In the last nine months, there has been a good variety of brass bands at the Boarshurst Band Club on most Sunday evenings. Throughout East of the M60 we have covered most concerts in great detail. With the continued success of its evening soirees, there will be another addition to the calendar.

From this Sunday, there will be a near-monthly programme of brass band concerts featuring local youth bands. With many concerts running till 10pm or slightly later, the Sunday Lunchtime Youth Brass will be held at a child and parent-friendly time. Doors will open at 12 midday for a 12.30pm start.

Sunday Lunchtime Youth Brass

This Sunday’s choice of youth band couldn’t be beaten. Coming to the Boarshurst Band Club on the 25 September will be Elland Silver Youth Band. With musical director Samantha Harrison, they are the greatest youth band in the United Kingdom. For the princely sum of £4.00 you will be seeing a youth band that can hold their own against brass bands in the third and fourth sections.

They are this year’s National Youth Band Champions and the second greatest youth band in Europe. In other words, The Real Madrid of the Youth Brass Banding Movement. At various contests alongside adult brass bands, their performances have been well received by adjudicators and audiences alike.

Samantha Harrison, the youth band’s musical director, is an accomplished principal cornet player herself for the senior band. Next year will see Elland Silver Band in the Championship section. Later this year, we shall be seeing the senior band in action at the Boarshurst Band Club.

At the Royal Albert Hall next month [08 October], she will be one of two musicians to be presented with an Iles and Mortimer Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The other recipient will be Russell Gray, who we have seen at Boarshurst with and without his spouse, Mareika Gray (now the MD for Ratby Cooperative Band).

Sunday Brass

Starting at the usual time of 8pm, The Mecca of Brass Banding (cheers, Mr. Smith), will play host to Silk Brass from Marton, near Macclesfield. The First Section brass band were sectional champions at the Lees and Springhead Whit Friday Brass Band Contest. The last week in July saw the band embark on a tour in the Tirol region of Austria. The band are a fairly recent addition to the scene, founded in 1997 with ten players. Gradually they have climbed up the sections to their present position.

Their Musical Director is Tony Wyatt. He started playing at the age of seven and joined the National Youth Brass Band at the age of eleven. Previous bands he has played for include Vernon Building Society Poynton and Fairey Band. He has also been MD for Whaley Bridge Band.

Whether you choose to watch the lunchtime concert or the evening concert, you can be sure of a good time. Elland Silver Youth Band will change your impression of youth banding forever. Why not watch the two concerts and make a real day of your trip to the Saddleworth area? In between concerts, why not have Sunday dinner at any of the villages’ public houses? Or take in the scenery and explore the Pennine foothills which frame Greenfield and Uppermill?

Admission for the Elland Silver Youth Band concert will be £4.00. The Silk Brass concert will also be £4.00 (or £3.00 for members).

Getting There


Alight at the stop outside the Greenfield Conservative Club.

  • 180: hourly service from Greenfield [The Clarence] to Oldham, Hollinwood and Manchester [Oldham Street] (First Greater Manchester).
  • 350: hourly service from Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley, Uppermill, Dobcross, Delph, Waterhead and Oldham for Greenfield (First Greater Manchester).
  • 354: buses every two hours departing Ashton-under-Lyne bus station at odd hours (0930, 1130, 1330, 1530, and 1730). Journeys from Greenfield at even hours (1011, 1211, 1411, 1611, and 1811). (MCT Travel).


Sunday service from Manchester Victoria and all stations including Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge and Mossley to Huddersfield for Greenfield. Please note that rail replacement buses may substitute trains for part of, or the whole of the day (check publicity at local stations or via the Northern Rail website for further details).

Twitter details and suggested hashtags: @boarshurstband#SundayBrass; #SundayBrassYouth; #SundayLunchtimeYouthBrass.

Website: www.boarshurstband.co.uk.

S.V., 21 March 2016.

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