Hepworth Band Match It! appeal

Hepworth launches campaign to revamp band room

For decades, our much-loved Bandroom has been a community home to fantastic brass band music making. The bandroom is now the last remaining building at Dobroyd Mills and despite some recent improvements is showing her considerable age and cannot currently be used safely for rehearsals.

With your generous help we can hopefully make essential repairs to keep out the rain, install heating, and change the layout and ventilation to help make us Covid-19 compliant.

We are aiming to raise a total of £5,000, and until February One Community's “Match It!” Fund will double the donations we receive. As an example, a £20 donation from you, together with Government Gift Aid, will provide a total of £50 to the appeal.

It really is a one-off chance to Save the Bandroom and to help ensure many more years of brass band music in Hepworth.

Hepworth Band thanks you for your generous donation.

Band secures funding for innovative new works

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Hepworth Band is delighted to have secured grant funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England to deliver an ambitious programme that aims to develop new performance opportunities.

The grants—£3,000 from Garfield Weston and £15,000 from the Arts Council—will help the band to find new ways to engage with existing and potential new audiences, and support the band as it adjusts to and recovers from the impact of Covid-19.

The grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation will enable the band to deliver an initial series of online community concerts, while the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant will facilitate development of a new responsive website, refreshed social media platforms, a programme of social media support and the development of a new business plan for the band.

It will also enable the band to deliver a further series of online performances and concerts.

“Sculpture & Brass” is the centrepiece of the programme and is an exciting, innovative collaboration between The Hepworth Wakefield and the Hepworth Band.

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The Arts Council funding will alllow the Band to commission a suite of music from leading young composer Dr. Liz Lane that will explore Barbara Hepworth’s wider interests and influences to provide a unique and original soundtrack to her most celebrated works.

The Hepworth’s gallery spaces and outdoor sculpture garden will provide the setting to experience live performances by the Hepworth Band set among these most inspirational of works.

Looking forward to a village Christmas like no other

December is normally a busy month for the band.

Not only are we booked in to play at seasonal concerts across West Yorkshire while organising our own traditional concert in New Mill, we are also sending out small groups of volunteers to play carols and collect at pubs and restaurants in the Holme Valley and beyond.

All this would normally culminate in the communal sing outside the Butcher's Arms on Christmas Eve, and carolling round the village on Christmas Day.

Covid-19 means that none of these concerts will be taking place this year, and pubs and restaurants will remain shut. We are hoping, however to have some sort of presence in the village on Christmas Day

The band has not been able to rehearse together, apart from a couple of sessions in Holmfirth Civic Hall, and even now, as we move back into Tier 3, we can only practise outside, socially isolated, which is far from ideal.

In spite of these difficulties, we are determined to put on some sort of show for Christmas.

We have already produced a number of videos to mark those important dates in our calendar when we would normally be celebrating Hepworth Feast, or providing the music for other important days.

You can see the results on YouTube, where there are a number of videos to enjoy.

Now we are turning our minds to Christmas, and planning more videos to be released over the next few weeks. Details will be announced as the films are pubished, so watch this space!

A village band proud to be ranked among the best

The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.

It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.

The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.

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