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Geoff Love Centenary Weekend


2nd & 3rd September 2017

"Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music" is available to pre-order CLICK HERE.

Tickets for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts are available CLICK HERE.

Geoff Love Illustration Geoff Love, a Todmorden musician, was born in Todmorden in September 1917, to a Todmordian mother and a father of African American and Native American descent. He was educated at Roomfield School in Todmorden along with his older sister who also received music tuition. He learnt the violin second hand from her and had free trombone lessons from his friend’s father, local doctor and Orchestra President, John de Ville Mather. His talent was obvious and he gave up his apprenticeship at 17 to play the trombone professionally, while still performing locally with the Todmorden Brass Band and the Todmorden Orchestra. After World War 2 he formed his own orchestra and went on to become a world renowned musical director.

From Todmorden Town Hall to Northgate Leisure Centre and onto the Royal Albert Hall and Las Vegas, Geoff worked frequently with the likes of Dame Shirley Bassey, Dame Vera Lynn, Des O’Connor and Max Bygraves. Despite his international fame his considered himself a Yorkshireman who owed it all to his upbringing in Todmorden; he used to return frequently to conduct Todmorden Brass Band in sold-out concerts. He was one of Todmorden’s first Honorary Citizens, donating one of his gold discs to the town. As a role model for young people across all cultures, he donated his trombone to Todmorden Orchestra so that other disadvantaged children could learn a musical instrument.

The Information Centre Trust will also be holding a weekend of events, 2nd and 3rd September, to celebrate Geoff Love and the launch of a new biography “Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music”. The weekend will include a free book launch offering locals and visitors alike a chance to see a priceless exhibition of Geoff Love, his friends and his music; two free tours, a guided walk of Geoff Love’s Todmorden and a Todmorden Town Hall tour with the gold disc on display; and two concerts, a Calderdale Big Band Concert in Todmorden Town Hall and a Todmorden Community Brass Band concert in the Todmorden Hippodrome showing Geoff Love’s appearance on This is Your Life and on Brass Beat.

The Weekend Itinerary:

Saturday 2nd September -

  • 11am, Free guided tour around Geoff Love’s Todmorden, a chance to learn all about Todmorden in the 1920’s-50’s as well as the magnificent buildings that played a part in Geoff’s life.
  • 2pm onwards, “Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music” Book Launch in Todmorden Town Hall, accompanied with music from Calderdale Youth Jazz Orchestra, a great chance to chat to the local author, Bill Birch, and reminisce with friends, old and new, on the fascinating subject of a glamorous era of music, dance and film. 
  • Free exhibition about Geoff Love, his music, his famous friends and his contribution to local, national and international music, in Todmorden Town Hall.
  • 8pm, Calderdale Big Band performing Geoff Love’s music in Todmorden Town Hall. Tickets £10 available from Todmorden Info. Centre, in person or by calling 01706 818181 they can also be purchased online, with a booking fee, here.

Sunday 3rd September -

  • 11am, Free guided tour around Todmorden Town Hall, providing a wonderful opportunity to look around the Grade 1 listed building which many people have not had access to as it is normally only open once a month.
  • 2.30pm, Todmorden Community Brass Band Concert in Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre, punctuated with two short films; “This is Your Life” from 1975 featuring Todmorden Brass Band and “Brass Beat” a film showing Geoff Love conducting Todmorden Brass Band in rehearsal and live in concert at Todmorden Town Hall presented by Roy Castle, first shown in June 1982. Tickets £5 available from Todmorden Information Centre in person or by calling 01706 818181, they can also be purchased online, with a booking fee, here.

 

 

 

"Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music" is available to pre-order CLICK HERE.

Tickets for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts are available CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

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The name Todmorden first appears in 1641 and is generally accepted to mean Totta’s boundary-valley, probably a reference to the valley running northwest from the town, although the name “marshy valley of the fox” has also been proposed. The earliest written record of the area is in the Domesday Book (1086), at which time most people were living in scattered farms or in isolated hilltop agricultural settlements. Packhorse trails were marked by ancient stones of which many still survive.


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