New CD recalls the music of Halezfax

Halifax Concert Band
Halifax Concert Band

Halifax Concert Band, which will be giving three major concerts in Calderdale before Christmas, has released a new CD which has a strong local flavour.

The band, which was formed in 1979 by former musical students at Highlands School, Halifax, is the only community adult concert wind band in Calderdale.

Led by musical director Christopher Binns, the band will give concerts at St Paul’s Church, Sowerby Bridge, tonight, Friday, at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, on Saturday December 7 and at Stones Chapel, Ripponden, on Saturday, December 14.

In addition the band will play Christmas carols at Westgate Arcade, Halifax, on Saturday, December 21 at 11am. Band members will perform Christmas carols at the Shepherd’s Rest, Sowerby Bridge, on Thursday, December 19 at 8.30pm.

The band’s new CD, although recorded in March, has just been released in time for Christmas. Entitled ‘Halezfaz’, one of the old names for the town of Halifax, the CD features band soloists Sue Walker, Simon Wilkinson and Nick Wilkinson.

The music includes one of Christopher’s compositions, ‘Halezfax Concert March No 2’ as well as ‘The Wellesley’, the Regimental Quick March of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment which had a long association with the town.

There are also pieces by Vaughan Williams, Victor Silvester and Philip Sparke as well as additional compositions by Christopher including a recent arrangement of the ‘Skye Boat Song’.

The CD was recorded in a day by Mike Briggs at Brighouse Parish Church.

Christopher said: “We have a busy schedule of local concerts in the run-up to Christmas. The 40-piece band is entirely self-supporting.

“Our reputation is well- established in Calderdale, but we also perform concerts further afield. We have performed at the Piece Hall and People’s Park in Halifax,in Scarborough and in Grassington as well as in Ludenscheid, Germany in 2000.”

l More information about the band’s concerts and the CD are on halifaxconcertband.co.uk