The Bradford Concert Band (BCB) is a continuation and development of the former Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band (BMCB) which was formed in April 1975 following on from it’s original name ‘The Bradford Metropolitan Military Band’.
Our founders, the late Ken Hall, Ken Dinsdale and Harry Coleman, all had wide experience in civilian and Army bands. They felt that the time was right to introduce a concert band or military band incorporating woodwind and brass instruments as an alternative to the brass bands for which the North of England is world famous.
An advertisement for musicians was duly placed in the Telegraph & Argus and the first rehearsal, which took place at The Fairweather Green Working Men’s Club on 6th April 1975, was attended by nearly 40 musicians.
The band’s first concert was at the same club, only 3 months later in July 1975. A year later the band gave the first broadcast and in the same year made it’s first appearance at the National Festival of Concert Bands held in Solihull, gaining a merit award. In 1979 the band won 1st place for deportment and 2nd place in the music programme competition at the National Festival.
Around that time the band changed it’s name to the Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band (BMCB). The new name was felt more suited to a civilian band and helped in explaining to audiences that we did not have direct military connections.
A well documented part of the band’s history is the devastating effect of the Bradford riots in 2001. We lost our entire music library, uniforms, instruments and equipment when our rehearsal rooms at Girlington Conservative Club were fire-bombed. Thankfully we recovered from the tragedy and managed to replace most of the lost items. We now rehearse at the beautiful and historic Baildon Hall on the outskirts of Bradford.
We are entirely self funding band with no links to, or direct support from Bradford Metropolitan District Council. We do receive regular bookings from the council to play concerts at bandstands throughout Bradford and the surrounding area.
The band celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary in 2015 with social and former members attending.
In 2017 the band rebranded and became Bradford Concert Band.
The traditions of the band – a friendly sociable band who enjoy playing music together – continue through to today. Currently around 30 players strong, we play regularly throughout Bradford and the surrounding areas and occasionally further afield. We also perform with local choirs and other musical organisations.