Elland Silver Band's Samantha shortlisted for prestigious music award

A musical director for Elland Silver Band is in the running for a national music prize.

By sarah fitton
Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 11:31 am
Samantha Harrison
Samantha Harrison

Samantha Harrison, from Shelf, has been shortlisted in the Best Instrumental Music Director category of the 2021 Making Music Awards.

“I was really chuffed when I found out I’d been shortlisted,” said Samantha, who is Musical Director for Elland Silver Band’s training and youth bands.

“I was surprised because I didn’t have anything to do with the nomination - it was some of the parents that got together. I was made up.”

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Samantha, 45, started playing with Elland Silver Band when she was seven, beginning with the tenor horn, and moving onto the flugel horn and cornet.

Samantha has directed the youth band since it was formed in 1995. Her grandfather was Treasurer of the band and her mum Kathleen Harrison is Secretary.

“The band has been part of my family for a long time,” said Samantha.

The winner of the Making Music Awards will be announced during an online ceremony on Sunday.