Bands will join forces at Sunderland Minster

Leyland Band
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A Wearside music group packed with talented youngsters will host one of the world’s leading brass bands at a special concert and a workshop tomorrow.

Houghton Area Youth Band will be working alongside Leyland Band as part of a workshop during the day and a joint concert in the evening at Sunderland Minster.

One of the Leyland performers, principle euphonium James McLeod, started his playing career with the Houghton group and he is now regarded as one of the best players for his instrument.

One of the most sought after brass ensembles on the concert platform, Leyland Band, founded in 1946 in Lancashire, regularly perform in all parts of the UK, with frequent international appearances.

Audiences in the Royal Albert Hall, London, to The Waterfront Hall, Belfast have warmed to the band’s sound.

The workshop is open to all brass players in the area, and it will be led by five players from Leyland Band.

Brian Adams, of Houghton Area Youth Band, said: “We are using this to celebrate the children’s achievements this year: third at the national youth entertainment championships of Great Britain, (this included 5th for music, 2nd for entertainment and best entertainment piece), Durham festival youth winners, DLI youth winners, Stanley entertainment youth winners and best entertainment band of the day against all bands who entered.”

Houghton Area Youth Band was formed in September 1973 for children aged between six and 18 years old.

The workshop is being held at Hetton Lyons Primary School, in Hetton, from 9am to 2.30pm on Saturday.

The concert at the Minster begins at 7pm, with tickets costing £7 per person.

Tickets are available by calling 385 9151 or by emailing A small number of tickets are available to buy direct from Sunderland Minster as well.