Tom Hillary

Born and raised in Bolton, Lancashire; Tom began his musical journey at the young age of six. Being an active member of Bolton Music Service, he first started to learn drum kit under the direction of Richard Hughes. Grasping the basics of playing Percussion; Tom began to perform in ensembles such as Bolton Beginner Brass Band and Bolton Beginner Percussion Ensemble. At age eleven, Tom began studying at St Joseph’s R.C High School, Horwich; Studying Drum Kit for four years under the guidance of Sam Packwood, achieving Grade 8 in Drum kit at the age of fifteen.

Professor Nicholas J. Childs DMA, MA, FLCM, ARCM (Hons)

Heralded as a leading figure in the worldwide brass community, Professor Nicholas Childs (DMA—Conducting, University of Salford) has rightfully achieved the highest international reputation as a performer, teacher-clinician, conductor, interpreter and advocate of new music, and producer of pacesetting recordings.  Initial success came as a euphonium soloist and partner with his talented brother, Dr.

Yorkshire Champions - Again!

Black Dyke retains its Regional title and leads the Yorkshire Pageant in Huddersfield as City of Bradford join them, Brighouse & Rastrick and Hammonds Saltaire in London. THe band are extremely pleased about the result and also congratulate Siobhan Bates (Solo Horn) and Daniel Thomas (Principlal Euphonioum) on their individual prizes for outstanding performance.

Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'Pageantry' — Herbert Howells

Adjudicators: Stephen Roberts and Sandy Smith

Yorkshire Area Contest - Open Rehearsal Morley Town Hall

Black Dyke Band will again present an open rehearsal at Morley Town Hall, this time for the Yorkshire Regional’s Test Piece ‘Pageantry’ by Herbert Howells.

The open rehearsal will commence at 7.45pm on Friday 3rd March and will feature performances of

‘Rhapsody in Brass’ (Dean Goffin) - Horbury Victoria Band (Duncan Beckley)

‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ (Philip Sparke) - Drighlington Band (Duncan Beckley)

Black Dyke Appoint Young Composer in Residence 2017

Black Dyke Band announce the appointment of their ‘Young Composer in Residence’ for 2017. The successful candidate is Matthew Eden who is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under Dr. Laura Bowler.

Born in Derby in 1997 to a musical family, he began to study the piano at the age of 6, and started to experiment with composing his own music shortly afterward.