Queensbury [James Kaye]

The Corsair [Hector Berlioz arr. Brand]

Miss Blue Bonnet [Herman Bellstedt arr Smith]

Cornet Soloist: Richard Marshall

Deep Haemony [Handel Parker]

Be My Love [Nicholas Brodsky arr. Farr]

Baritone Soloist: Katrina Marzella

Stabat Mater Suite [Karl Jenkins arr. Wainwright]

ⅱ Cantus Lacrimosus
ⅲ Paradisi Gloria

Symphony of Scarlet and Gold [Peter Graham]

Enter the Galaxies [Paul Lovatt-Cooper]

------------ Soloists Showcase ------------
Variations on Tyrolean [Arban arr Bates]
Tenor Horn Soloist: Jonathan Bates

Fling [Andrea Price]
Xylophone Soloist: Andrea Price

Carnival of Venice [Vizutti arr Bates]

Euphonium Soloist: Gary Curtin

------------ Black Dyke Big Band Suite ------------
Song of the Volga Boatmen [arr. Sandy Smith]

What a Wonderful World [arr. Alan Fernie]

Sing Sing Sing [arr. Dan Price]

Fire in the Blood [Paul Lovatt-Cooper]

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Nikolas Childs, Music Director & Chief Conductor
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. Robert Childs, who together have literally toured the world as The Childs Brothers, performing in many of the world’s most famous concert halls with the most prestigious bands and orchestras. Taking up the baton as a brass band conductor, Nicholas has had phenomenal success with many brass bands, including highly acclaimed regional and national championships. His current tenure as Principal Conductor and Music Director of the famous Black Dyke Band has been marked with significant contest success, as well as a series of innovative concerts, world premieres, and recordings of major works for brass band with a variety of soloists and musical combinations. He continues his advocacy of new music within the outstanding catalogue of brass and wind band recordings he has recorded and produced in his award-winning firm, Doyen Recordings. Not content with these activities, Professor Childs is in great demand as a teacher, clinician, and consultant throughout the academic community.

In the brass band contest scene he has reached the pinnacle of success with six National Championships of Great Britain: 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2014 with Black Dyke Band and 1999 with Fodens Courtois. With Black Dyke he has also won the coveted British Open in 2005, 2006 and 2014, and the European Championship in 2005, 2012 and 2015. He won his first English National Championship with Black Dyke in June 2009, and won again in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Further conducting success in the contest field has come with National Championship wins in Sweden, France, Scotland (4 times), Wales (3 times), and Norway (5). Further honours have come with his appointment as Artistic Director of the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band. In 2006 Professor Childs received an honorary doctorate and in 2008 he accepted a Professorship from Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2007 Nicholas Childs received the Iles Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in recognition to his outstanding contribution for the brass band movement. A year later (2008) he was awarded the Freeman of the City of London. Most recently Nicholas was awarded a Professorship at the Royal Northern College of Music. College principal, Professor Linda Merrick, revealed that “We are very proud to be able to honour Nicholas Childs’ outstanding contribution to the music profession with a professorial title and I look forward to working with him as we enhance our brass band offer at the Royal Northern College of Music under the aegis of the new Philip Jones Centre of Brass.”

In recent years Professor Childs has premiered with Black Dyke Band many new works by leading British composers. A representative, selective list since 2001 includes: Michael Ball--Cambrian Suite; Arthur Butterworth?Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel; Martin Ellerby--Concerto for Trombone and Brass Band; Peter Graham?Journey to the Centre of the Earth; Edward Gregson?An Age of Kings;; Peter Meechan?Pulse Fiction; Rodney Newton?Lancashire Fantasia; Ian Wilson?Seascapes; Philip Wilby--Concerto 1945 for Cornet and Brass Band. In June 2000 he directed Fodens Courtois Band in the premiere of Edward Gregson’s significant work, Trumpets of the Angels. He followed this with the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band’s first presentation of Danceries by Kenneth Hesketh.

The Sunday Times reported at the July 2006 world premiere of Elgar Howarth's Boddington Variations that “Nicholas Childs’ direction proved scintillating.” With Philip Wilby as Musical Associate of Black Dyke Band and Paul Lovatt-Cooper as Composer in Residence of this famed ensemble, Nicholas has presented innovative concert programs with new and appealing music. Representative of these achievements was Peter Graham’s Call of the Cossacks performed at the 2002 Gala Concert of the European Brass Band Championships. With Black Dyke Band Professor Childs has featured in some of the most recognized festivals, including the Harrogate International Festival, Chichester, Newbury, Cheltenham, Kings Lynn, City of London, and Gala Concerts at the National Brass Band Championships in London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 2007 he made his conducting debut at the BBC Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Nicholas Childs has pursued a series of pace-setting recordings of much of this new music, including Doyen releases showcasing the music of Michael Ball, Arthur Butterworth, Peter Graham, and Edward Gregson. With the International Staff Band, he and Black Dyke released the award winning Heaton Collection, now in three volumes. In the Autumn of 2003 he released a dynamic new recording celebrating the centenary of the dean of 20th-century brass band composers, Eric Ball (1903?1989). Along with the band’s multiple-CD celebration of their 150th year (2005), Jewels in the Crown, the Butterworth, Eric Ball, Gregson, and Heaton discs were declared CD of the year in the period 2001?2005 in the British brass band press, and Professor Childs was awarded Conductor of the Year in 2005. Two recent discs have received further critical acclaim., including the Black Dyke Elgar recording in which Nicholas Childs shared the baton with Sir Colin Davis, and Symphonic Brass on the Naxos label, a recording that remained in the Classical top 20 for 18 weeks.

With Black Dyke Band Nicholas Childs has been able to promote the widest range of literature, several concerts of which have also led to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. One representative program included the January 2002 concert featuring Philip Wilby’s Atlantic, Michael Ball’s Cambrian Suite, and Kenneth Hesketh’s Alchymist’s Journal, the concert later broadcast in June, 2002. Professor Childs combines this interest in premiering new works with outstanding recordings, one example being the 2005 release, A Golden Year, the program containing five premiere recordings of major works for brass band by Peter Graham (Journey to the Centre of the Earth), Johan de Meij (Extreme Makeover), Philip Wilby (Northern Lights), Bramwell Tovey (The Night to Sing), and John Pickard (Eden). Other recent recording premieres have featured the widest range of new, quality brass repertoire: Concertino (Kenneth Downie); Cats Tales (Peter Graham); Rococo Variations (Edward Gregson); Immortal (Paul Lovatt-Cooper); Music for Battle Creek, Dances and Alleluias, and Saga of Haakon the Good (Philip Sparke); A Breathless Alleluia, and Cyrano (Philip Wilby).

As one of the world’s most recognized masters of the euphonium and brass specialist, Nicholas has performed and taught throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Africa, the Far East, Canada, and the United States. He has appeared with such groups as the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, United States Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), the London Symphony Brass, and the Canadian Brass. In addition, he has been featured with nearly every major brass band throughout the world and many wind bands, especially in university settings with the United States, where he has been equally acclaimed for his teaching and clinic work.

With his roots in the British brass band tradition, having first been trained in the Tredegar (Wales) Youth Band, Professor Childs continues to give important emphasis to the development of the brass band movement. This comes via his commitment of the training of outstanding young musicians both at the collegiate level and within the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. He has taken his teaching and conducting skills to a variety of outstanding brass bands outside the UK. Nicholas Childs is the current Artistic Director and founder of the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band and Music Director for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain. He has served as the director of The National Youth Brass Band of Denmark and Associate Conductor of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and has gained national championships in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Sweden and Norway.
Black Dyke Band
In 1816 Peter Wharton founded a brass and reed band in the Yorkshire village of Queenshead ? later to become Queensbury. John Foster, apart from being the founder of Black Dyke Mills, played French Horn in this band. It has been said on many occasions that Black Dyke was formed from it; however this is not strictly true, as “Peter Whartons band went out of existence through loss of members”. In 1833 a new band was formed named ‘Queenshead Band’, which may well have contained players from the former band. It is reported that this Band reached its Zenith from 1838 to 1843, at which time it consisted of 18 musicians”.

On the 15th. September 2005 the band were proud to celebrate their 150th anniversary, two of the many highlights were the publication of “150 Golden Years”, a book by Dr. Roy Newsome, in word and photograph, describing the history and the progress of Black Dyke Band from 1855 to 2005. Also a unique ‘triple CD’ covering the recorded musical history of the band from the early days of 1903 to the presentday.

Black Dyke Band is the most recorded band in the world with over 350 recordings and growing every year. It is also the most successful contesting band in the world having won the European Championships thirteen times, most recently in 2015, the British Open no fewer than 30 times (most recently 2014) and the National Championships of Great Britain 23 times (most recently 2014). In 2009, and again in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the band became Champion Band at the English National Championships and were named English National Champions in 2014 by virtue of having won the National Brass Band Championships in October 2014.

In August 2007 the Band were invited to take part in the BBC Promenade Concerts, at the Royal Albert Hall, London

In 2006 as part of its initiative to sponsor the work of young people, Black Dyke Band, under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Childs assisted by qualified members, formed the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band . The purpose is to inspire and motivate young people aged 11 to 21 years to achieve their full potential as musicians, composers and citizens.

The band logo of the stags head and Latin quotation are taken from the armorial bearings granted in 1857 to John Foster, founder of the band. The quotation translates to;“ A C T J U S T L Y A N D F E A R N O T H I N G ”


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