16 Apr
Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
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Youth Band in Concert

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Youth Band in concert at Huddersfield Town Hall under the direction of Guest Conductor Irene Anda with Guest Trombone Soloist Grethe Tonheim.

Guest Conductor Irene Anda

Guest Soloist Grethe Tonheim (Trombone)


1. Denis Wright: Fanfare (2:00)

2. Maurice Hamers: Die Alpen (14:00)

3. William Grant Still: In Memoriam (7:15)

4. Ray Steadman-Allen: The Eternal Quest (Soloist: Grethe Tonheim) (10:30)

5. Gilbert Vinter: Spectrum (11:30)
- Interval 20 minutes –

6. Paul Saggers: In Many Lands: The Adventures of Mrs. Seacole (12:00)

7. Louisa Trewartha: Flight (3:30)

8. Anne-Grete Preus: Icicles (Soloist: Grethe Tonheim)* (3:12)

9. Philip Wilby: White Knuckle Ride (Soloist: G. Tonheim) (6:00)

10. Peter Graham: Dynasty (15:00)

The theme throughout the 2022 Concert Season is ‘Celebration’, marking the 70th Anniversary of this illustrious National Youth Music Organisation, the oldest youth brass band in the World!However, as well as celebrating its major platinum jubilee the Band will also celebrate and pay tribute other important issues throughout the year.

The 2022 Easter Course will take place in Repton School, near Derby in the heart of England. The talented young musicians will celebrate gender, ethnicity and traditions in the brass band movement but specifically focuses on women in bands, female composers, conductors, and soloists.

Irene Anda, a talented female conductor from the Netherlands is the guest conductor for the week.She has formulated a fabulous programme of music celebrating the Band’s main themes. She opens her programme with a tribute to The National Youth Brass Band’s founder Dr Denis Wright by choosing one of his compositions, a short fanfare for cornets, trombones, and percussion. Next, Irene thanks Maurice Hamers, her teacher and mentor, who gave her the opportunity to learn conducting. She has programmed his wonderful, descriptive work Die Alpen.

Ethnicity is an important and topical issue to celebrate in the twenty-first century and The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain is very aware of this. William Grant Still (often referred to as the Dean of black American composers) wrote an emotive work called In Memoriam and Artistic Director. Dr Robert Childs has arranged this piece especially for Irene and the Band to perform in their Easter concert.

The Guest Soloist in Easter 2022 is Grethe Tonheim, a female trombonist from Norway. Grethe has played principal trombone with the famous Eikanger-Bjørsvik band for more than twenty years and is a legendary teacher at Manger Folkehogskule and a free-lance professional musician, performing with both the Bergen Philharmonic and the Oslo Symphony Orchestra. She will perform several solos with the band, one of which is called Icicles and is composed by Anne-Grete Preus a significant
female composer in Norway.

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain has commissioned Paul Saggers to compose a work which celebrates The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole. Mary Seacole was a nurse (born in Jamaica) who famously converted a hotel into a hospital during the Crimean war in the 1850s.

Another female celebration featured on the Easter Course is that of Maude Bonney, better known asLores Bonney who single-handedly piloted here biplane (without wireless) from Brisbane Australia to Croydon, England in 1933. Australian composer Louisa Trewartha has set her story to music and
called it Flight.

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain also recognises and celebrates the importance of tradition, and to this end celebrates composers Ray Steadman-Allen, Gilbert Vinter and Peter Graham.