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MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Christine Lippeatt BA (Hons) Music, L.T.C.L
Christine was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire and after learning to play the recorder at 4 yrs old started to play the Tenor Horn after hearing the local village band (Shirebrook MW Band). This is where she played for the next 10 years before going to college.

 

In 1981 Christine went to the Huddersfield Polytechnic to study for a music degree, and whilst there studied composition and conducting along with performing studies. After completing her degree in 1984 she joined Shirland MW Band on Solo Horn and her next move was to the same position for the Thoresby Colliery Band in 1996. At both bands Christine held the position of bandmaster for several years. From 2004 Christine spent time back with Shirland, then Drighlington and Kippax before returning to Thoresby at the beginning of 2008. Currently Christine plays with the Hatfield Band.

 

Whilst still playing with the Thoresby Colliery Band and having an interest in conducting Christine took up the challenge in July 2000 to start a youth band. The Thoresby Colliery Youth Band is now a registered 4th section band, and after one year competing at this level they were crowned 4th section Butlin’s Mineworkers’ Champions 2006. This was followed up by another win in 2007 at the same contest. At the Midland Area in 2008 the Youth Band qualified for the National Finals in Harrogate. After the 2009 Midland Area contest the band were sitting top of the 4th section league table and are therefore promoted to the 3rd section from January 2010.

 

Over the years been she has been on various overseas tours with several bands, visiting France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and U.S.A. and has appeared in concert performances with guest soloists Peter Skellern, Don Lusher, John Wallace and Huddersfield Choral Society and on the television programmes Barrymore, Look North and Calendar. She also played in Thoresby Colliery Band’s winning performance at the 2000 1st Section finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, held at the Royal Albert Hall and in their French Open Championship win in 2003.