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Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band

Since it's formation in the 1930's the Yorkshire Imperial Band has featured consistently as one of the finest bands in the movement. The band was originally formed as The Yorkshire Copper Works Band at Stourton near Leeds where the factory was based and when an industrial merger created Yorkshire Imperial Metals in 1958 necessitating the bands name change, they became affectionately known as The Yorkshire Imps.

Amongst their many notable achievements The Imps have been British Open Champions on 3 occasions with 13 places and a runner up position to add to their proud heritage. They can also count North Region Champions, North East Area Region Champions, Southern Open Champions, Yorkshire Open Champions, BBC Band of the Year, Edinburgh International Music Festival winners, and Brass in Concert Champions to their list of victories.

They have not stood still on the Concert platform either, with regular TV and Radio exposure over the years.  They have appearanced at The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and the World Music Festival in Kerkrade and have shared concert platforms with Diana Ross, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow and Shirley Bassey.

The band regularly performs throughout the UK and Europe playing an extensive repertoire from traditional brass music through arrangements of popular and classical favourites, blockbuster film scores and modern originals including many new works commissioned by the band itself.  The Imps love to thrill and entertain irrespective of context, venue or medium.  Their music can be found on numerous recordings and they are regularly featured on BBC Radio 2's "Listen to the Band".

Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band

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  • “The Imps were absolutely brilliant and went down a treat with our large audience; we'll have to find a larger venue for their next visit! The programme was wonderful and the playing superb.”
    North Westmorland Arts - January 2010
  • “A decidedly cool evening weather-wise was warmed considerably by the brilliant and enthusiastic playing from this great band. They gave us a night to remember, with a truly entertaining programme, finishing with a rousing 1812 overture, complete with”
    Alan Melbourne - Artistic Director Winchfield Festival
  • Beyond the Stars Vol.1
    Beyond the Stars Vol.1
    Sixteen Fantastic Film Themes - Conductor: Simon Godfrey Wood [101 CAM CD]
  • Beyond the Stars Vol.2
    Beyond the Stars Vol.2
    Fifteen Fantastic Film Themes - Musical Director: Roy Curran [119 CAM CD]
  • Blue Rondo à la Turk
    Blue Rondo à la Turk
    Conductor: Ray Farr [KRCD 1014]
  • Cabaret
    Cabaret
    Musical Director: Simon Godfrey Wood [BELB002]