On Saturday 9th March the Band played for the “Shirley Levitt Memorial Concert” at Cottingham Methodist Church. This was a well supported event and raised almost £500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Concert celebrated the life of Shirley who sadly passed away last year. She had played in Brass Bands in the area for about 50 years and was playing with the East Riding of Yorkshire Band up until a few weeks before her death.
This was followed by success at the North of England Regional Championships in Darlington on Sunday 17th March where the Band gained three prizes and an invitation to the National Finals in September.
The test piece was “Hollywood!” by Goff Richards which was performed by the 8 competing bands in the third section. After the performances the tension began to rise as the audience waited for the results to be announced following the adjudication by David Read MBE. The first result is announced; “Best cornet goes to the band that played number 6 – East Riding of Yorkshire Band” – very well done to our James Kerridge.
Then to the next announcement; “Best percussion section goes to the band that played number 6 – East Riding of Yorkshire Band” – congratulations to Garry Hallas, Sue Shepherd, Richard Mackinder and Gareth Greetham”.
Then to the results for best bands with ERYB qualifying in 2nd place for the National Finals in September. The trophy was received by Band Secretary, Michael Kerridge. Undoubtedly a day to remember for the ERYB under their Musical Director, Ian Scott.
The next performances by the ERYB will be at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 27th and then at Clowes Methodist Church (1st Avenue, Hull) on May 11th at 7.00pm.
Saturday March 9th, 7.30pm at Cottingham Methodist Church, Hallgate, Cottingham
The Memorial Concert celebrates the life of Shirley Levitt who sadly passed away last year. She had played in Brass Bands in the Humberside area for about 50 years and was playing with the East Riding of Yorkshire Band up until a few weeks before her death. Shirley was married to Charles Levitt, a former news reader with Radio Humberside.
Many of the pieces being played were among her favourites including “Strike up the band”, “Hey Jude”, “You’ll never walk alone” and the hymn “Crimond”. There will also be a wide range of brass classics from “Suite Gothique” to “Hollywood!”.
The concert will be a fund raising event for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Cottingham Methodist Church and the East Riding of Yorkshire Band. Tickets are £6.00 and are available from Barkers (159 Hallgate, Cottingham) or Mike Kerridge (ERYB Secretary) on 01482 854042.
John Butt – ERYB Publicity Officer