By Steve Hopwood

The Hepworth Band is excited to launch its new ‘Youth Music Partnership’ project.

With funding from Brass Bands England, Holme Valley Parish Council and Kirklees One Community Foundation, the band will host and facilitate a development workshop, performance masterclass and gala concert with the first of its youth music partners, HD9 Community Youth Brass.

Hepworth Band music director Ryan Watkins said: “We’re really excited to be launching our first youth music partnership with HD9 Community Youth Brass.

“Music can have such a positive impact on young people’s development. Being part of a brass band encourages confidence, self-esteem and teamwork and it’s great fun too!

“We’re grateful to Brass Bands England, Holme Valley Parish Council and One Community Foundation for their encouragement and support.”

HD9 Community Youth Brass is part of HD9 Community Music that offers music tuition and community music ensembles in the Holme Valley and wider Huddersfield area for pupils of all ages and abilities.

Director of music Paul Kirk said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to engage with the wider world of brass banding and see what is possible with this hobby of ours. We’d like to thank Hepworth Band and the funders for making this possible.

“We can’t wait to take part in what is going to be a brilliant event and we will aim to get as much from it as possible!”