A Christmas Carol

The band have been hard at work over the last few weeks recording individual videos for our exciting new project A Christmas Carol which is due for it’s premiere on the 18th of December at 6pm.

Eight brand new pieces of music from Jonathan Bates Music capture the feeling of the story bringing it to life with special guest narrators Frank Renton, Philip Harper, Simone Rebello and David Hoyle.

The fifth and final member of the narration team will be announced on Monday 14th via our social media channels.

This is the most ambitious project the band has under taken while in lockdown which has so far seen the band take part in the virtual Whit Friday event, the online Brass Factor contest and The Cory Band Online Brass Band Championships, in which the band was placed fifth in the Championship Section against a very strong field of bands from around the world.

I will live in the past, the present & the future…


Our penultimate narrator is BBC Radio Leeds’ very own David Hoyle.
David is the latest star name to join our narration team for ‘A Christmas Carol’, premiering at 6pm on Friday 18th December.
David hosted the incredibly popular Yorkshire Brass programme on BBC Radio Leeds and still hosts a regular feature showcasing the music of brass bands across the network. We’re delighted David will join Frank Renton, Philip Harper and Simone Rebello for this extra special Christmas event!

Come in and know me better…


Following the announcements of Frank Renton and Philip Harper, we’re delighted to now announce that Simone Rebello will also join our narration team in December!
Simone has been one of the world’s leading lights of the percussion world for many years, both as a soloist and within ensembles. Whilst being hugely in demand as a teacher, she is also the voice of both the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall and the popular RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival.

When Scrooge awoke…


We’re extremely excited to announce that Philip Harper will be joining Frank Renton as part of our team of special guest narrators for our musical director Jonathan Bates Music’s brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December!
Philip’s sheer volume of competition successes as conductor of The Cory Band – the world’s number 1 ranked brass band – have been unparalleled, leading the band to several British Open, European, National and Brass in Concert titles whilst also driving the innovation and excellence of the band through a range of new compositions, arrangements and concepts.

Marley was dead….


The music is almost ready and the band have started remotely filming their videos, so now is the time to start announcing the narrators for this magical project.

The first narrator is Frank Renton.
A man who needs no introduction to the brass band world. Frank was the long-running host of the popular ‘Listen To The Band’ programme on BBC Radio 2, whilst also being the charismatic master of ceremonies for competitions such as Brass in Concert, the European Brass Band Championships and Butlins Mineworkers Championships.
Truly one of the iconic voices of our movement!

New Signings Set Strata Up For Regional Assault

Strata Brass are pleased to announce several new signings ahead of their appearance in the Yorkshire Championship Area Contest in March.

Kelvin Tsang who is over in the UK to study takes up the Principal Euphonium seat while Joe Bradford takes up the position of Assistant Principal Cornet, having impressed the band over the last few weeks with his Repiano Playing.

David Edwards fills the vacant Repiano chair and Oliver Bartlett takes up the 2nd trombone position, transferring from the City of Cardiff Mellingriffith Band. The band is happy to see Josh Allen return to the band on Eb Bass following a period away. Josh was part of the winning First Section Regional Yorkshire Championships in 2018.

Band manager, Rob Hardy said ‘The band are looking forward to challenges of competing in the championship section in Huddersfield and also their first ever appearance in the Spring Festival in May. The band has continued its recent policy under MD Jonathan Bates to encourage young players to meet the challenges ahead and the band is benefitting from their contribution.’

Brass at the Guild Result

Absolutely delighted to announce a strong 3rd place for the band at the Preston Guild Hall in preparation for the Yorkshire Area. This secures an invitation for the band to the Spring Festival in May.

Congratulations to City of Bradford (1st) and Thorsby (2nd) for their places respectively

Christmas Concert and Annual Awards

Strata Brass held their annual Christmas concert and awards on Wednesday 12th   December 2018.

Strata played mixture of traditional Christmas songs, new arrangements and  audience carols.

The annual awards were presented and were awarded to: 
Players Player of the year – Lucy Healey (Principal Cornet) 
Bandsman of the year – Rob Hardy (Principal Percussion) 
Band Supporter of the Year – Richard Hardy 

The band also presented an award of appreciation to Musical Director Johnathan  Bates for all his hard work, which has result in the band being awarded 10 prizes in 7 contests this year.