Slaithwaite Brass Band Archive

Scope and Content

Scores used by Slaithwaite Brass Band and scores donated to Slaithwaite Brass Band by St. Hilda's Band which may have been used during competitions, performances or during 78 rpm recordings by St Hilda's Band.

Administrative / Biographical History

Slaithwaite Brass band originally formed in the 1800's but existed in it's present form as a Brass and Reed Band from 1892. In 1905 the band won first prize at Crystal Palace winning 'The Grand Shield' which they won again in 1933, the only band to win twice. Hayden Wood composed a peice for the Band Called Merridale.

St. Hilda's Band. originally named Dennisons Family Band. St Hilda's Colliery Band comprised workers from St Hilda's Colliery. They went on to win the National Championship of Great Britain several times, a Royal Command performance at Buckingham Palace, made numerous 78 rpm recordings. They were regarded as professionals after the closure of the colliery in 1926 and were not eligible to compete, however, they continued to perform for ten years.

Access Information

Original available for consultation by appointment

Archivist's Note

On 18 Nov 2015 RC contacted the PRS to check whether anyone is receving royalties for the piece 'Merridale' by Haydn Wood which is in this collection. The PRS replied to say 'no shares/royalties have been allocated to anymore'. This email can be seen in the SBB paperwork folder.