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Welcome to the Diggle Band of Saddleworth!

The official website of the Diggle Band.

Diggle Band is a traditional amateur English Pennine village brass band consisting of 25 players, 2 percussionists and a conductor. Diggle Band's revival has been remarkable.  From reforming in 1996, the band has risen from a first place in the 4th section in their first ever appearance at the NW championship in 2000, up through the 3rd, 2nd and 1st section - qualifying a total of three times for the National finals, crowned National champions once (3rd section) - to gaining promotion to the Championship section in 2015. The band regularly performs music from a wide repertoire in concerts both locally and nationally and also takes part in a number of brass band competitions each year.For booking details please email the event secretary This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Upcoming events

Please ring 07906228827 for tickets and information: Events at Diggle Band Club start at 7:30pm (unless otherwise stated)

Sunday 23rd April, St Georges Day Concert at Diggle Bandclub

Friday 9th June, Whit Friday

Friday 23rd June, Concert at Woodley Methodist Church

Sunday 25th June, Concert at Boarshurst Bandclub

Sunday 2nd July, Brighouse March Contest

Sunday 9th July, Brassfest at Diggle Band Club, 2pm, Joint wth B Band

Sunday 12th November, Remembrance Concert at Diggle Bandclub

tbc Sunday 5th/19th/ 26th, Concert at Boarshurst Bandclub

Saturday 2nd December, Diggle Diamonds at Kilngreen

Saturday 2nd December, Concert at Padiham

Saturday 9th December, Concert at Rosemount Church Hyde

Sunday 17th December, Concert at Mottram Cricket Club

Tuesday 19th December, Christmas Concert at Diggle Bandclub,

2018

Sunday 1st January, New Year's Day Service at Hanging Gate

Sunday 25th March, NorthWest Area Championship, Blackpool


 


 
Steven Walsh (Musical Director)

Steven Walsh

Steven was born in Huddersfield and began to play the Euphonium at the age of 10 in the Linthwaite Band.

In 1994 Steven began lessons at Huddersfield Music College with the Euphonium legend Geoffrey Whitham and very soon Steven’s talents were recognised when he became the principal Euphonium of the Hepworth band at the age of 16.

During the same period he made regular appearances with the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. At age of 18 Steven was asked to join the famous Leyland band  under the charismatic direction of Richard Evans.

Steven has been principal Euphonium in some of England’s top brass bands, but regards his years with the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band under his mentor Professor David King as his most successful, recording numerous award- winning CDs, winning the All England Masters, the British Open and representing England in the European Championships on 3 occasions, winning twice. He  also performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the YBS ‘Kings of Europe’ Tour in 2005.

In 2006 Steven completed his Masters in musical performance at Salford University.

In 2007 Steven was awarded the Best Euphonium and overall brass winner of the European solo championships held in Birmingham, beating musicians from all over Europe.
In 2009 Steven joined the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on Principal Euphonium and was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ prize at the 2009 British Open Championships. He then went on to win the Yorkshire Area in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded with the ‘Best Instrumentalist’. The highlight of his tenure with the band was winning the National Brass Band Championships in 2010 & 2011

Steven leads master classes throughout Europe and the UK as a Yamaha artist.

 
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Review: Diggle Band at Boarshurst Band Club 6th November '16

Full article available at:https://mancunian1001.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/diggle-band-sunday-brass-at-the-boarshurst-band-club-winter-2016/

Another top drawer performance from Saddleworth’s Championship section band

Nearly five months ago, last night’s band darkened the doorstep of Boarshurst Band Club on a soggy Sunday night. Saddleworth’s Championship band gave us a fantastic concert. Though considerably lighter, that Sunday night was drizzly.

Five months later, more of the same weather though considerably darker. The most illuminating aspect of the damp November night was Diggle Band’s performance. Though we thought their June concert was superb, they excelled themselves. With Matthew Brown as guest conductor, we were treated to a traditional yet pulsating programme.

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Diggle Band CDs

CDs are available from Diggle Band Club, Diggle Post Office and by ringing 01457873937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Diggle with a strong result at the All International English Masters 2016

The band is very happy to announce the results of the All International English Masters finishing 5th, and the recent North West Areas finishing ninth in the Championship Section.

http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=24070&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook#.V2GHu9LhDIU <--- Article about the recent Masters.

 
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