Weekly adults brass band sessions

Todmorden Community Brass has secured funding from the Community Foundation For Calderdale’s Staying Well project for weekly adults only brass band sessions on Tuesdays 1pm to 3pm. Designed for beginners or players with limited experience, this is your opportunity to finally learn that musical instrument! We offer free taster sessions, with a reduced cost of just £10/quarter if you decide you want to continue. Instruments are available from the band at no additional cost. So what’s stopping you? Email enquiries@tcbb.org.uk

Staying Well Group


Here is the happy group at the first session

Maurice Greenwood

Todmorden Community Brass Band are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Maurice Greenwood in Waterside Residential Home where he has been receiving palliative care over the last few weeks.

Maurice had played with Old Town Band for many years and was a founder member of Todmorden Community Brass Band in April 2001, where he played 2nd trombone and was also on the committee and the chairman for several years.

From the founding of the Community Band, he worked tirelessly to get the assets of the Todmorden Old Band returned to the town and he finally achieved this goal in 2004. With the band room in need of serious repairs, Maurice was then instrumental in organising fund-raising of £10,000 as well as taking charge of the building project and spending most weekends working in the building.

The refurbished band room was officially re-opened by Maurice in November 2005; a true servant to our community band.

A big thank you!

Todmorden Community Brass Band would like to acknowledge the support of Todmorden Town Council and Calderdale Council. Through their funds we have been able to purchase a number of training band instruments – specifically for younger players.  This means we can continue to grow our beginner bands and provide many more opportunities for local people to play brass with us.

Concert at Mercer Park

Todmorden Community Brass band members at Mercer House concert

Todmorden Community Brass band members at Mercer House concert

Mercer House 1842 Ltd arranged for Todmorden Community Brass Band to return to Mercer Park again this summer to entertain the crowds. Playing a varied repertoire from Gladiator and Spartacus to Matchstick Men and Delilah and led by Conductor and Musical Director Pam Smith, the band’s performance was enjoyed by young and old.

Angie Watson of Clayton le Moors wants to see this become an annual event; “this is the second year that Todmorden Community Brass Band have played in Mercer Park, the sun shines every time and people tell me how much they enjoy hearing and seeing the Park being used for events like this.”

Jack Highley

Todmorden Community Brass Band are saddened to hear of the death of long standing member, Jack Highley. Our sincere condolences to Jack’s family and friends.

Come and join us at Stoodley Pike for the Bicentenary Celebration



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Pigeons, puppeteers, a samba band and even a brass band are to perform high up at the summit of Stoodley Pike at 2pm on Saturday 3rd May and the Calder Civic Trust is inviting people to join the French people visiting from Todmorden’s twin town of Roncq  to celebrate the significant Anglo-French anniversary of the Treaty of Paris in May 1814. France and Britain had negotiated a peace settlement that appeared at that time to sort out the differences between the two countries. People in the Upper Calder Valley were  relieved about what appeared to be the end of a long war. The Napoleonic Wars lasted for a quarter of a century. So, in 1814 they laid the foundation stone for a magnificent monument, sponsored by many local people. They may well have been oblivious to its international significance at the time. People rarely built towers dedicated to Peace. Even its 1854 successor is listed on the internet as one of the first such monuments to be built in the world.

Trust member Jill Smith Moorhouse says that those people who make the effort to reach the tower will be treated to performances by fitter members of the Todmorden Community Brass Band, who agreed to perform on condition that the organisers arranged that their equipment is taken up for them!

The climax of the day will be when 200 homing pigeons will be released from the balcony of the monument to fly back to their owners. This will be followed by a performance of puppeteering, courtesy of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, accompanied by music from their own samba band.

Civic Trust event organiser Nick Wilding, who has researched the monument’s history, says that countless books have incorrectly linked the monument to either the Battle of Waterloo or the peace that followed it in 1815. He wants the event to make people aware of the real inspiration that led to its construction. Up to now, he says, its importance as a peace monument has never been appreciated. There is on the internet a site which records all peace memorials http://peace.maripo.com/

Together with the Angel on the top of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, it is certainly one of the earliest peace towers in the world.  Of course, Napoleon later escaped from the Isle of Elbe and fighting renewed at the Battle of Waterloo. However, Nick says that he feels that this should not diminish the importance of the Anglo-French peace settlement or the sheer joy felt by the people of the Calder Valley in building such an interesting memorial.

The tower became even more related to peace and war, when the original monument was struck by lightning on February 11th 1854. It collapsed on the very day when the Russian ambassador was expelled from Britain at the start of the Crimean War. For many years, it is said, local people believed that if Stoodley Pike was struck by lightning there would be another war . Its replacement, the monument you see today, was built later in Victorian times, through public subscription.

Because of the unique situation of the Tour de France coming through Yorkshire, this year may be a perfect symbolic moment to celebrate the 200 years of Peace that France and Britain have enjoyed since the end of the Napoleonic Wars, which finally did end, a year later, with the Battle of Waterloo.

Anybody interested in joining others for the walk to the summit of Stoodley Pike for this event by the monument at 2pm on Saturday 3rd May are invited by the organisers to meet between 12.10pm and 12.20pm in the top car park of the Top Brink Public House at Lumbutts near Mankinholes. Country roads leading up to this location meet the main road at Walsden, south of Todmorden and at the A646 junction just to the west of the recently re-opened waste disposal station at Eastwood  between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

Contact:   nickwilding40@hotmail.com      Tel: 01422 843871                                 or  mobile: 07833901492  for further information.

Banding Together To Celebrate

Todmorden Community Brass are getting the polish out and preparing for their Annual Anniversary Concert on the 20th April, 7.15pm at Central Methodists.  This free concert is to celebrate the band achievements and to thank the people of Todmorden for their support all through the year.  All three bands will be playing, the Senior Band, Training Band and 5 Note Band, providing important performance opportunities for those who are just starting out on their banding careers.

In our 12th year the Senior Band Conductor David White decided to step down as Senior Band conductor – (so he could show us all how brass instruments should really be played!) but is still actively involved in the Five Note and Training Bands. We welcome our new conductor Pam Smith.  Pam has previously deputised for David and the entire band agreed she was the right choice to move forward with as we continue to provide a brass band & music learning opportunities for the local community.

The band has a recently relaunched their website www.todmordencommunitybrass.co.uk and encourage local readers to find out more about the band here.  “With membership at just £1.25 per week for adults and just 75p per week for Under 18s, we continue to provide affordable musical learning opportunities for all.  The cost includes instrument hire too,” says Band Chairperson Liz Hinchliffe, “it’s a fantastic way to get into music; we pride ourselves in providing fun, enjoyable learning opportunities.”

So it will be business as usual on the 20th April – we look forward to welcoming everybody to the Central Methodists.  There will be home made cakes and refreshments in the interval and band members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.  The concert is free but a ticket must be obtained from either the Tourist Information Centre of band members.

Good Friday

Churches Together open air service at the Peace Garden, Todmorden, after the walk of witness, with Todmorden Community Brass Band.GoodFriday_2013