Published Dec 10th, 2023
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Black Dyke Band partner with Bradford Cathedral Choir to present timeless Christmas classics

Last evening the Black Dyke Band ‘came home for Christmas’ and in partnership with the Bradford Cathedral Choir presented a magical musical experience for the capacity audience. The venue itself added so much to the grandeur of the evening, with Bradford Cathedral boasting over 1300 years of history within the city. This historic setting provided the perfect backdrop for the concert, creating a wonderful atmosphere of reverence and awe.

Music Director of the Black Dyke Band Professor Nicholas Childs commented “This was a very special evening for the band, made all the more significant because Bradford is the band’s home city, and has been since 1855. The Black Dyke Band was granted the Freedom of the City back in the 1970’s and had that honour reaffirmed in 2008. It was also a total pleasure to work with the cathedral choir, under the direction of their newly appointed Director of Music, Graham Thorpe, expertly assisted by Anthony Grey on the spectacular pipe organ”.

Together the band and choir and created a truly enchanting musical experience. A particular highlight for many was when the band, choir and organ collaborated to present Darius Battiwalla’s classic “O Holy Night”. Such powerful and moving moments and what a glorious sound presented in the most perfect acoustic.

The concert also featured some outstanding solo performances, including Richard Marshall’s rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the well-crafted arrangement by Philip Littlemore. Adam Reed also delighted the audience with his fun-filled interpretation of “Frosty the Snowman.”

The band’s exceptional musicianship, combined with the rich and harmonious singing of the choir and congregation, together with the stunning setting of the cathedral, created a truly remarkable experience for all in attendance. An occasion that will live on in memory for many years to come. To see the full programme that was presented, please scan the QR code below.

The band now continues with its busy schedule of Christmas engagements. Next Sunday (17th December) it will appear at Huddersfield Town Hall which without any doubt will prove to be another spectacular night to remember!