Band News

Concert at Saltaire Methodist Church.

It was a great pleasure again to playing again at the wonderful Saltaire Methodist church, in aid of the ZEM project (Zimbabwe Education Mtapa) 

We raised £300 for the charity. 

A great performance from Claire with Sugar blues, and also brilliant playing from Heather and Mary P in the Shepherds song. A big thankyou to David for playing Memory.

Clifford addressed the audience with a poem of remembrance in with segued into a minutes silence and then into a powerful and emotional rendition of Hymn to the fallen.

I think though the performance of the night was Dame wait dame burley chassis (aka Pete) for his bravery of dressing up and playing hey big spender. 
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Remembrance service, Brookfield Memorial gardens, Calverley.                 
A big thank you to the magnificent eight who performed for this event. 

A massive thank you to David Harney for playing the last post and reveille twice.

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New band Pictures:

Can I have this opportunity to thank Helen Bowness and Charlie for taking all the new pictures of the band at the rehearsal for the Saltaire concert. See Below a selection.

Our next engagements:-                                                                                                                                  
7th. Friday. Lady Lane School at Bingley Parish Church. BD16 2RA. 7pm.

8th. Saturday. Wellington House Nursing Home. BD18 3LU. 2-3pm. 

8th. Saturday. Mill View Nursing Home, 
37 Bolton Lane, Bradford. BD2 4BN. 5pm RECENT ADDITION

9th. Sunday. Bolton Villas. BD2 1PZ 3pm.

13th. Thursday. Baildon Carols, Baildon . 
Meet 6.30pm in the Ian clough car park. RECENT ADDITION

                                 IN THE SPOTLIGHT

                                               Kit Heyam.

Kit, who has been with Hall Royd for eighteen months,started playing at the age of 10 years old, on his uncle's old trumpet. 

The local music service brought a set of instruments to primary school for the children to try out. (Kit actually wanted to play the flute, but couldn't get it to make a noise and admits it was probably a bad sign that he couldn't, and still can't, blow a note across the top of a milk bottle.) Thankfully he found a brass instrument was much easier. During this time, besides the school band, Kit joined The Bolton Intermediate Brass Band. 

When he went to secondary school, Kit was lent a cornet, so that he could play in the school brass band, and had free lessons from peripatetic teachers, employed by the Bolton Music Service. Kit will be forever grateful for that and thinks that it is a criminal shame that most young people, today, don't have the opportunity to have free musical tuition in school. 

At the age of 14, partly due to there already being a large number of cornet players in his school band, but mainly because his high notes on the cornet were becoming “squawky”, Kit changed to the Tenor Horn.

Hall Royd members might be interested to hear that the conductor of that school band was the renowned brass band conductor and arranger, of pieces like ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ and ‘Nobody does it better’, Chris Wormald. 
Kit admits that Chris was (an is still,) a brilliantly driven conductor, who made his comprehensive School Brass Band so much more than the sum of it’s parts and took the teenagers to compete in the third section of the annual World Music Contest in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, the French Open Contest and a tour of eight states of the U.S. Kit has never forgotten that the some of the host families asked the young people if their parents “worked in the factories”, were incredulous that they had never held a gun and informed them how much they admired Margaret Thatcher. (Kit adds, sadly, that these people must, obviously, not have seen the film, ‘Brassed Off’!)
Kit reflects that playing in the brass band was a fundamental part of his teenage years and, unhappily, the only good thing he remembers about his school. Kit appreciates that he learnt a lot about playing from Chris Wormald, but jokes that it has certainly “gone downhill since then!” Sitting next to Kit, in band, I feel I must dispute this.He is a confident and talented player, much admired by his fellow bandsmen, not only for his playing but for his friendly disposition and his contribution to the social side of the band.

Kit’s horn belonged to his school band, so when leaving school, to go to university, he realised that he would have to leave it behind. Luckily, upon reaching the age of seventeen, Kit’s grandparents had given him money to have driving lessons. He laughs that he still can’t drive,
but has had more more pleasure from the very nice tenor horn he bought!

Kit’s next band was the Cambridge University Brass Band, affectionately known as CUBB. It was a tight-knit group, with an incomprehensible collection of ‘in-jokes’ and a valuable opportunity for Cambridge students to embrace not being very good at something!
Kit still has many good friends from CUBB, not least among them, his husband, Alex.
Kit remembers, fondly, that he and Alex’ fellow band members noticed their budding relationship and attempted to ‘set them up’, by leaving them alone, to build a tower from beer cans, during a band trip to Todmordon. (Ah, the romance of it!) The plan didn’t work, partly because one of the bass players was too drunk to get the hint to leave them alone and became a third wheel…!
Fortunately Kit and Alex did, eventually get together and, five years ago, joined the long tradition of CUBB marriages. Kit remembers that “Spending that money on a new horn , instead of driving lessons was the best decision he ever made. Without it, he would never have met Alex and now Alex drives him around!”

After graduating, Kit and Alex moved toYork to study for their PhD’s and both joined The University of York Brass Band, Ebor Brass and Malton White Star Band. ( Not all at the same time!)

In the spring of 2017, Kit and Alex moved to Leeds and soon joined Hall Royd, where Kit plays joint solo tenor horn and Alex plays trombone.
Kit works, part-time, as a lecturer in Early Modern Literature at Newcastle University. Having to commute isn’t a problem as he manages to get lots of work done on the train. Whilst holding out for a full-time lecturing job Kit has written articles and books and also works at Go Higher West Yorkshire. (An organisation which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get into higher education.) He also runs an equalities training business.

As yet, Kit and Alex don’t have any children, but this month, they will be adopting two baby rats who will be named ‘Noesy and Cosy’ (Yes, that is the correct spelling of Noesy. If you want an explanation, you will have to ask Alex!)