Carol Concert

  • Venue:
    Halifax Minster
  • Start:
    December 17, 2022 7:00 pm
  • End:
    December 17, 2022 9:30 pm


At the Minster Organ: ALAN HORSEY


PHILLIP McCANN, cornet soloist

A wonderful evening of thrilling traditional music for all to sing, enhanced by exciting works from our famous GUEST BAND, HAMMONDS with celebrity virtuoso cornet player PHILLIP McCANN as well as special Carols by the Choir – a number of which involve audience participation too. Something for all the family. Early booking and arrival is advised for this perennially popular concert – one of the real highlights of the Calderdale Christmas Calendar.

Put the date in YOUR diary now – Saturday 17th December 2022.

We extend our thanks to the Bearder Charity for their generous support of our Annual Carol Concert in 2022.


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Hammonds Band has an impressive pedigree, with an unbroken sequence of 73 years under various names, and roots going back 150 years to when, in 1855, a brass band was formed as one of the amenities for the people of Saltaire. This was one of the famous ‘model villages’ built during the first half of the 19th century by wealthy industrialists and was the brainchild of Sir Titus Salt, a philanthropic mill-owner and one-time Mayor of Bradford.

In recent years the band has contested throughout Europe, recorded numerous CDs and performed at some of the best concert venues in the world as the Yorkshire Building Society Band. Prior to that the band (as Hammonds Sauce Works) enjoyed contest and concert success under the baton of Geoffrey Whitham for nearly 30 years.

Hammonds Band have enjoyed great success on the contest platform. As the Yorkshire Building Society band we were European Champions 8 times in 9 years (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004) and have won the British Open and All England Masters on several occasions. Being a Yorkshire band they were proud to be crowned Yorkshire Champions in 1994,
1999 & 2004. In March 2011 we were delighted to yet again be crowned Champions of Yorkshire for the fourth time in their history and the first time with their then name, Hammonds Saltaire.

Under the guidance of our musical director Morgan Griffiths the band are looking forward to a successful future which builds upon the rich heritage of their past. This has recently seen us form a partnership with the multiinstrumentalist Shri Sriram to fuse brass band and traditional Indian music together. As a direct result of this partnership the band has had the chance to
perform at the 2015 London Jazz Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as an integral part of Shri’s piece, entitled ‘Just a Vibration’. As a result of recording this work with Shri we have also featured on Cerys Matthews’ BBC Radio 6 music show, as well as on the BBC Asian Network. British Airways have also included the CD in their in-flight entertainment
system for six months as well as including an article (written by Cerys Matthews) about the project in their in-flight magazine.

On the contest stage 2014 saw the band return to the British Open Championships, gaining a highly credible sixth place. This success has proven to be a building block for the band as 2016 saw us achieve one of our long-term contesting goals of a top six finish in the Yorkshire Area contest. This success has continued in recent years. After two years in lockdown, like all of the bands in the country, Hammonds Band went to the Yorkshire Area after a period of rebuilding the band. After a two year break from contesting and performing we were delighted to come second at the contest, securing a place for us to represent Yorkshire at the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2022. The
band is also looking forward to returning to the recording studio this year to record a number of our most popular concert tracks. This will be released for purchase on CD and online download later in 2022.