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Geoff Love

"Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music" is available to order 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 held 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 included 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.


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





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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