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Fiona Bishop – New Musical Director

Fiona Bishop is announced as ERYB’s new MD –
Starting on flugel horn at the age of eight with the Barnard Castle Band, a life long journey playing, arranging, leading and teaching music was inspired by the frequent visits of Banding names such as Goff Richards, Robert and Nicholas Childs, Gordon Higginbottom, Roy Newsome and James Shepherd.

Her professional career began at the highly regarded Barnard Casle School as a Brass teacher and then as a graduate of Band musicianship at Salford specialising in conducting and arranging under Roy Newsome, David King and Darrol Barry. Fiona played tenor horn with the Championship section British Telecom Band performing at many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

On moving to West Yorkshire to undertake her teaching qualification, an opportunity arose to conduct the Yeadon Old Brass Band. Contest and concert success followed and established Fiona’s reputation in this very traditional Brass Band county. A teaching career at a renowned performing arts college in Leeds led to greater responsibility within regional schools.

Fiona took up the baton at Haworth Brass Band providing unique opportunities to perform in this historic area.
Since moving east to North Lincolnshire, Fiona has focused her substantial energies on her professional teaching career and owning a smallholding.

A recent change of career direction has allowed Fiona to rekindle her passion for Brass Banding. Her appointment as Musical Director of the East Riding of Yorkshire Band marks the start of an exciting new journey for both Fiona and the Band.
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Auditioning for new musical director

The band would like to announce the departure of Musical Director Mr Frank Hoyland who has led the band since June 2019, taking over from Garry Hallas.
We have enjoyed contest success at Pogson Bray in October 2019 and at the North of England regional championships in March 2020 with Second place in the 3rd section. and a successful programme of concerts in the second half of 2019 and our first 3 concerts after the pandemic break in activities in August amd September 2021.
It has been a difficult 18 months for the band due to pandemic and the lockdown but we are pleased to be back at rehearsals, making music together again and working with our local community.
We wish Frank well in his future musical ventures.
Please see the advert below if you would be interested in applying to be our musical director.
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Movement for Good Award

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in gaining a £1000 grant from Ecclesiastical as part of their Movement for Good Award Scheme. Thank you to all our members, friends, family and supporters who took the time to nominate the Band!

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2nd prize at the North of England Brass Band Championships

Over the weekend of the 15th March the Band gathered in Durham to contest at the North of England Brass Band Championships. We played in the third section with our rendition of Andrew Baker’s Endurance. The band are thrilled that the two adjudicators awarded us 2nd place, which means we also get an invite to compete in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain to be held in Cheltenham in September.

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East Riding of Yorkshire Band Victorious at Pogson Bray Contest 2019

On October 13th the Band travelled to Elland near Halifax to take part in the Pogson-Bray entertainment contest. Our 20 minute set included Blackbird Special complete with choreographed walk-on. Londonderry Air, a Cornet Solo expertly played by James Kerridge. Wellington March, an arrangement of Coldplay’s Yellow and finally finishing with James Curnows Psalm of Praise. 

Although not playing an outright solo the adjudicator picked out our Percussionist Tomas Remblence as having made outstanding solo contributions to every piece and awarded him the soloist prize. 

The Band were delighted to be announced as the overall winners.

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East Riding of Yorkshire Band Gains Charity Status

We are delighted to announce that the Band has now gained Charity Status and has been entered onto the Charity Commission’s Register of Charities (Registered Charity Number 1184756). 

Click HERE to see the Band on the Charity Commission’s website.

So what will change?  Well, probably not a lot, to start with anyway!

Led by Frank Hoyland, the musical side of what we do will continue unchanged (well, continue to grow in the way it has for the last few years).  On the financial side, the band will now be able to benefit from Gift Aid on certain donations, and will also be able to apply for grants from organisations who only accept applications from Registered Charities. This is likely to make a real difference to our finances, enabling us to buy more music, more instruments, and to be even more active in the community.

The Trustees, led by David Vivian (Chairman), will have overall responsibility for the Band’s activities as a Charity and will meet regularly as its Management Team to ensure we meet our obligations to Band members, to the local community and to the wider public.

Marching Onwards and upwards!

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Frank Hoyland announced as new Musical Director

The East Riding of Yorkshire band are delighted to announce the appointment of Frank Hoyland as Musical Director to take the band into the concert and contesting season.

After a few years away from conducting due to the pressures of work, Frank is very much excited and looking forward to working with us and was thrilled to accept the challenge of achieving greater things as Musical Director of the band. An accomplished Euphonium player, Frank has conducted and played with many Championship Section bands including Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, and British Steel Stainless Dodworth, performing at the highest level and under many distinguished conductors.

Now in a position to resume a Musical Director role Frank is eager to use all his enormous passion and enthusiasm and pass on the wealth of experience and knowledge of over 40 years of banding for the good of the East Riding of Yorkshire Band.

The band is looking forward to building on its success in the community of Hessle following its move to our own bandroom in 2018, with an exciting programme of Autumn concerts in 2019 in partnership with other musical ensembles.

David Vivian Chairman

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Departure of Musical Director Garry Hallas – May 2019

The band would like to announce the departure of Musical Director Garry Hallas who has led the band with distinction since 2016, taking over from Ian Scott. We have enjoyed contest success at Pogson Bray in 2017 and a very successful programme of concerts with Garry’s programming and compering skills building a strong audience with sell out concerts at our new bandroom, the Memorial Hall Hessle. Garry has been far more than a musical director and has been an active and supportive member of the management team with fundraising and the move to the new bandroom.
We wish Garry well in his next musical venture and every success in the future.

David Vivian Chairman

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Autumn Nineteen Concert Series

Book your tickets for the Autumn Nineteen Concert Series at Hessle Memorial Hall. East Riding of Yorkshire Band will be playing on the 6th October and 1st December at 2pm and 6pm.

We have also invited some amazing bands with concerts from the Hull & East Yorkshire Concert Band, and the Hull Big Band. And finally Humber Harmony Chorus are a male voice chorus who sing a capella music and are not to be missed.

You can even book a season pass for a 10% discount.

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Auditions for new MD

The East Riding of Yorkshire Band would like to welcome expressions of interest to fill the vacancy of Musical Director. Please email with your details if you are interested in applying.

Our ideal candidate will have some experience of conducting, be able to work alongside the band and their management team and have experience of artistic direction to be able to offer constructive and positive rehearsals.

We rehearse every Sunday and Thursday 19.45-21.45 at our own Bandroom situated in Hessle and we are open to negotiations on an expenses package.

In return the band can offer stable organisation, a full team of players and a well balanced schedule of concerts and contests and a band who are receptive to new programme and concert ideas.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 7th May 2019. Candidates will be invited to meet the band and take a rehearsal.

If you are interested please email your details of experience to