Band News

Mark is taking a sabatical!
Our well respected, hardworking Musical Director, Mark Sherwood, is taking a back seat 
during August.
During the month, Mark will be on holiday from work and will travel to Sweden, Kilkenny, in Ireland, the Yorkshire Dales and Whitby for short breaks. Although Mark will be leaving both bands in the capable hands of his understudies, Andrew Anstice, Aisha Walker and Graham Wilkinson, true to form, Mark will be ever-present, on Monday evening, to take care of his fledgling musicians.
I am sure Mark will return, 'bright eyed and bushy tailed'.
Happy holiday, Mark, come back, safely to us, you will be SO missed! 😥

A COMMUNITY celebration is being held as part of the official reopening of a section of revamped canal towpath.


A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Silsden, near the Keighley Road bridge, on Saturday (Aug 18).

And a community event – with music from Hall Royd Brass Band, free bike checks, refreshments and information stalls – will run from 11am to 2pm.

Guests at the reopening will include Keighley MP John Grogan, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for waterways.

Improvements have been carried out to the towpath as part of a £2.9 million scheme of upgrades, to boost cycling and walking access, on four West Yorkshire canals.

The scheme is an element of West Yorkshire Combined Authority's £60m CityConnect programme, which works in partnership with local authorities and other organisations.


August 2018
Claire Khan. (Tutti cornet).

Our “Poster girl” for August is a member of the much-envied front row and very popular member of the band, cornetist Claire Khan, who has played for Hall Royd for six years.

As a little girl, Claire loved to sing and she also learned to play the recorder, but at the age of nine, she achieved her ambition to join her friend, who played a brass instrument. Claire must have had brass in her blood because her Grandfather played jazz trumpet, sometimes with the internationally acclaimed Geraldo’s Swing Band, during the Second World War.

Claire continued to study music at school, attaining her ‘A’ level and playing with Hammond’s Sauce Works Junior Band and also diversifying, with her “trumpety” sound to Phoenix Concert Band.  Now, besides playing with Hall Royd Band, she, together with her husband, Daniel, is also a member of Hot Aire, a Bradford based symphonic concert band and Sultans of Swing, a 28 piece big band. What dedication to her art!

During her precious spare time as a hard-working teacher, Claire enjoys playing the piano, flute and, unusually, the Celtic harp.

Finally, Claire has two musical ambitions, one, to complete concerts without fearing that her overworked top lip will let her down and two, to challenge herself by playing different types of music.