Black Dyke Brass Festival Gala Concert: Part One - 2009

University partners Black Dyke Band returned to Leeds Met for a weekend feast of music. Friday's inaugural lecture by Professor Nick Childs is now available to view online.

The Black Dyke Brass Festival gave students, staff and partners the opportunity to listen to music from the most famous brass band in the world.

Highlights of the weekend's events included a live broadcast from Saturday's gala concert at Gandhi Hall, Headingley Campus, which was streamed over the internet, and available to watch via the Leeds Met website.

The concert included Black Dyke Band performing live to the film of Paul Lovatt-Cooper's Immortal and Rubbing Shoulders With Champions, Philip Harper's Willow Pattern, Philip Wilby's Euphonium Concerto and Peter Graham's Harrison's Dream.

On Friday, visiting Professor Nick Childs delivered an illustrated inaugural lecture at Gandhi Hall, which featured brass music from 150 years ago, and is now available to view online.

Tomorrow, the festival will culminate in a gala performance from Black Dyke Band, featuring special guests the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band, and a recital of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

Conductor of the Black Dyke Band Professor Childs has achieved the highest international reputation as a performer, teacher/clinician, conductor, interpreter and advocate of new music, and producer of pace-setting recordings. Initial success came as a euphonium soloist and partner with his brother, Dr. Robert Childs.

Together they have toured worldwide as The Childs Brothers, performing in many of the world's most famous concert halls with prestigious bands and orchestras.

Taking up the baton as a conductor, Professor Childs has had phenomenal success with many bands, including national championship victories with both Foden's and Black Dyke Band.

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