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Where to find us

York Railway Institute, Queen Street, York, YO24 1AD (close to York Station) map

Rehearsal times

Mondays and Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm

Contact details

Please telephone our Secretary, Martyn Williams, on 07921 568826 or e-mail



All photographs are by members and friends of the Band, unless otherwise stated.

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Yorkshire Post Article

Kate Lock from York RI Golden Rail Band travelled with us to the National Finals and has written this article which was published in the Yorkshire Post on 29th September:
Bands show that where there's brass there's young talent hitting a top note

National Finals 2010

The Band is proud to have come a very commendable 5th place in the National Finals on Sunday 26th September out of a field of 17. The eventual winners were Delph and we offer our sincere congratulations to Phil Goodwin and his team.

Gordon Eddison conducting YRIB at the National Finals 2010

Photo by Steve Jack

Gordon has been quick to point out that we were the highest placed band from the North of England region over the whole weekend. He has also managed to decipher most of the adjudicators' remarks and these can be read here.

The weekend was a huge success in other ways. On Saturday after the afternoon rehearsal the Band, family members and supporters enjoyed a wonderful night at Millstones Restaurant. The food was wonderful, as was the company, and we were royally entertained by Chris Eddison with a quiz, very creative balloon modelling! and some great music to dance the night away.

Our thanks go to our MD Gordon Eddison and all members of the Band who worked so hard over many months to earn this success. We also thank everyone who sent us good luck messages and who were in the hall on the day, screaming and cheering bang on cue as the final chord sounded. comments:-
"Just a few clips to the opening starters but there is nice stuff being played especially by a young tuba mandarin.
The lovers flee quicker than Bruce Lee on a Suzuki 750cc - Wow!
Great stuff and followed by a love scene that just had odd misplaced fumble and the odd dropped match by the pyromanic mandarin.
Great old fashioned upbeat close.
Overall: A cracking effort from a young band. The odd moments but one to really enjoy.
Star Player: Matt Hoyle on Eb Bass - Fu Manchu eat your heart out!"

Press Coverage

This article was published in the York Press on Thursday 23 September:
York Railway Institute Band's bid to win National Brass Band Championships
Here's hoping for a good result on Sunday!

YRIB in the hangar at the Yorkshire Air Museum Allied Forces Commemoration Day

We were proud to play again at the Yorkshire Air Museum for the Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary and Allied Forces Commemoration Service held on Sunday 5 September. It was the largest event of its type in the North, attended by members of many regional Royal Air Force Associations, Royal British Legion Branches, Royal Observer Corps Association and other forces associations. Serving personnel from 609 West Riding Squadron RAuxAF from RAF Leeming also took part.

Playing for the Sunset Ceremony The Band entertained an appreciative crowd in the main hangar, before providing the music for the presentation of Standards and the Commemoration Service, including a tremendous performance of the Last Post and Reveille from Sam. The Parade, led by the Massed Bands of the Northern Region Air Training Corps and many other Cadets, was followed by the March Past and Salute taken by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton. The Band played for the Sunset Ceremony, with lowering of flag and Standards.

The event ended with a flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

James and Karen Silk on their wedding day Congratulations James & Karen

The Band was honoured to play at the wedding of bass trombone player James Silk and his beautiful bride Karen (nee Bulleyment) on Sunday 25th July. The Band played music during and after the service held at Aldwark Manor near York. The Band wishes James and Karen all the very best for a wonderful life together.

Brighouse March & Hymn Contest

The Band competed for the first time at this prestigious contest on Sunday 4th July. In a field of 20, the Band came a very commendable joint 9th, beating a number of well known 1st and 2nd Section bands. We played True & Trusty as our road march, Sawston as our hymn and the incredibly challenging The Wizard as our contest march. Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest 2010 It was a great social occasion with the Band receiving many favourable comments from the knowledgeable audience on our general deportment and the quality of our playing. The Band hopes to compete again at Brighouse in 2011. We are now working hard towards our appearance at the National Brass Band Championships at Harrogate in September.

New Players

The Band is pleased to welcome the return of Malcolm Watson, former Principal Cornet player, to help strengthen our front row. Malcolm has many years of playing experience with his musical roots in the Salvation Army. The Band also welcomes into its ranks Nick Eastwood on Solo Trombone. Nick is a fine young player. He is a former member of Shepherd Group Band and was until recently the Musical Director of the Yorkshire Traction Honley Band.

Photo Gallery

The Band has launched a new Photo Gallery page but is keen to show more of its history. If anyone has any old photos of the Band they would like us to feature on our website, please email them to

Brassed On! on Radio York

If you didn't hear the highlights programme broadcast on Radio York on Bank Holiday Monday it's available on BBC iPlayer until Monday 7 June 2010. Listen now.

Brassed On! The Movie

Preparations for Brassed On! York 2010 are really gathering pace now with the release on YouTube of 'Brassed On! The Movie'. Members of YRIB and other bands from the York area were involved in the filming and some even had acting roles! YRIB provided the soundtrack - a rousing performance of March of the Cobblers. Check out the finished result on YouTube now Brassed On! The Movie and visit the Brassed On! website for more details.

Prizewinners again!

Another Runners-Up prize this week, the third in a row, this time at the Tameside Open Brass Band Championship at Dukinfield Town Hall. We came away with a lovely glass trophy, some very complimentary remarks (from both adjudicator Thomas Wyss and the audience) and enough prize money to cover our costs for the day.

Ian Bruce holding the 
          North of England 3rd Section Runners-Up trophy*** NATIONAL FINALISTS 2010 ***

Nigel and Francesca 
          with the trophy for Best PercussionNorth of England Runners-Up
Oh, and we also took the prize for best percussion!

Adjudicator Kevin Wadsworth awarded us the Runners-Up prize behind Ferryhill Town, which means we have qualified for the National Finals for the first time since 2001.

We're already making plans for a great weekend in Harrogate on 25th and 26th September (the Third Section is on Sunday 26th). comments:-
"York back on track - York Railway Institute led by Gordon Eddison was the penultimate band to play and produced a performance full of style and lyricism. The band's percussion section were rewarded for their efforts and having come down from the Second Section, qualification for Harrogate was a commendable achievement for a performance that sounded vibrant and full of promise."

British Bandsman magazine:-
"York Railway Institute Band will be delighted with second place after a performance that impressed many listeners around the hall."

Brassed On! York's New Brass Music Festival

The Band is taking part in this new festival in May. Please visit the Brassed On! website for all the details.

Jack Capstaff Congratulations Jack!

Jack Capstaff has been selected as one of four teenagers to sit on the Youth Adjudication Panel for the Fourth Section contest at the Yorkshire Regional Championships in March.

The Yorkshire Regional Committee work in partnership with and the British Bandsman magazine to enable four aspiring judges the opportunity to test their adjudicating skills at the contest. Jack Capstaff will test his adjudication skills on Philip Sparke's 'Saint-Saens Variations'.

The quartet will meet up with Philip and fellow adjudicator Steve Pritchard-Jones before the contest. Both judges will talk about the piece and what they will be looking out for from the 12 competing bands on the Sunday as well as offering invaluable insights and advice to help them on the day.

This a great honour for Jack and no doubt will be a huge learning experience.

For more information follow this link.

New players Jack Capstaff, Mollie Renshaw and Rob WebbNew Year 2010

A big welcome to Jack Capstaff and Rob Webb (Front Row Cornets) and Mollie Renshaw (1st Horn) who have recently signed for York R I - all fine young players who are a great asset to the band. We also welcome the hugely experienced bass player Stuart Creighton (BBb Bass) who will be helping us out through to the Area Contest. We now have a full team and are working hard towards the big day in Darlington on Sunday 21st March.

Musical Director January 2010 to September 2013
Gordon Eddison, B Ed(Hons) L Mus LSM NABBC

Musical Director Gordon EddisonWe are pleased to announce that Gordon Eddison has been appointed to the position of Musical Director.

Gordon Eddison started his musical career at the age of 11 playing Bass when he was encouraged to join the Hammonds Sauce Works Junior Band by his brass teacher Geoff Whitham. In this band over the next three years he appeared in the National Brass Band Championships three times and met his future wife – Sheila. After a two year stay with Haworth Band – including a National Championship win, he was invited to play with the famous Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band under the leadership of Trevor Walmsley DFC. This band was, at the time, perhaps the foremost Band in Yorkshire and helped him achieve an early ambition – to play in the Royal Albert Hall by the age of 18 years. Recordings, European tours and successes in both the British Open and National Championships followed over the next few years.

A career in the Police Service intervened and he spent a few years playing with The Hawley Band alongside his wife Sheila as they gained promotion from the Fourth Section right up to the Championship. During this time his interest in conducting was sparked when he took The Queensbury Band to the Yorkshire Area (gaining 4th place) and started the second of the Hammonds Junior Bands – which developed into a 4th section contesting band.

Whilst working as the West Yorkshire Police Drugs Education Officer Gordon was awarded a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree.

Over the years he has been privileged to play with Hammonds Sauce Works Band conducted by Richard Evans and latterly by Geoff Whitham, Black Dyke conducted by James Watson, Yorkshire Building Society conducted by David King and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band under William Rushworth.

Numerous foreign tours, recordings and competitions have developed Gordon's strong belief that Banding should be enjoyable and exciting. Gordon has had contesting success conducting Elland Band at Pontins and the Yorkshire Area.

His most influential musician is most definitely Geoffrey Whitham - a master musician as a player, conductor and adjudicator. Gordon is particularly proud that Geoff taught him and then his son Dan who now plays trombone with the current Yorkshire Champions – Rothwell Temperance Band. Gordon's other son Chris is a talented singer and amateur sound engineer.

Gordon took up full-time brass teaching on his retirement from the Police seven years ago and currently teaches, as does his wife, for Education Leeds Music Service – Artforms.

Gordon also conducts Otley Band. Although a non-registered band, they have, together, won the Hardraw Brass Festival lower section 2 years running and this year were in the prizes in the Open section.

Gordon has a feeling of anticipation and excitement at the new challenge of conducting York Railway Institute Band; he is very aware of the long traditions of musical excellence and intends to make a very strong challenge at the forthcoming Northern Area Championships in March 2010.

Sam receiving the trophy 
          from Councillor Jane FordMalton Brass '09

Well, we've gone one better than last year and come away with SECOND PRIZE in Class "A" at the Malton Brass '09 Contest, just beaten by Championship Section Kirkbymoorside Town. Well done to all the players and conductor David Lancaster.

We included in our programme the newly-commissioned piece 'East Coast Tracks' written by David and being given only its second public performance.

Announcement - Musical Director

York Railway Institute Band would like to thank Derek Warley for his work as Musical Director over many years and wish him all the best for the future. We are pleased to announce that David Lancaster will conduct the Band at the Malton Entertainment Contest on Sunday 1 November 2009.

Flag of Yorkshire Yorkshire Day - 1st August 2009

Well Yorkshire Day came and went and unfortunately not a note was played by the Band in Parliament Street...rain stopped play. Let's hope for better luck next year.

Image of the Flag of Yorkshire from Wikipedia.

New Music

The band has secured funding from the City of York Council to commission a piece of music from the highly regarded composer Mr David Lancaster. The music will be premiered later in the year at a prestigious concert at York Theatre Royal and will celebrate the history and heritage of the railways in York.

Sam and Katy with the Otley Trophies Otley 'Mayor's Challenge' Brass Band Festival

We received an invitation to the very first 'Mayor's Challenge', held in Otley Civic Centre on Sunday 26th April 2009. The format of this new festival is an entertainment contest, with each band playing a 30 minute programme. We had drawn to play first (and wondered if this was a jinx after the Area Contest), followed by the other competing bands Garforth Band and Otley Brass Band. The adjudicator was Mr David Horsfield and we were delighted to be placed first, winning the Mayor's Challenge Trophy. Our principal solo cornet player, Sam Lovatt, was awarded the Chris Bailey Trophy for Outstanding Instrumentalist. The whole event was very well organised and we look forward to being invited back in future years.

NYBB 2009

Congratulations to our Principal Solo Cornet player, Sam Lovatt, who is a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for 2009. Well done, Sam!

Nigel playing at his sister's wedding Wedding, Friday 27th March 2009

David Bancroft (baritone) asked if a small band could play for the wedding of his daughter, Louise, in Copmanthorpe Church. Louise's brother Nigel managed to get away from his usher's duties for a few minutes to make a guest appearance on the drums!

Regionals, 22nd March 2009

Not the result we'd hoped for from the number one draw. On the day, we thought we gave a creditable performance of New World Sketches by Dan Price, but adjudicator Richard Evans could only place us sixth.

Derek Warley accepting a cheque from Philip Taylor York Theatre Royal, 25th October 2008

On stage at York Theatre RoyalWe gave a concert at York Theatre Royal, arranged during York Opera's production of Yeomen of the Guard. During the concert, we were presented with a donation by Philip Taylor from York Co-operative Funeralcare. This enabled us to purchase a set of timpani, which were already being put to good use during the concert.

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