Geoff Love Centenary Weekend
Todmorden: 2 – 3 September 2017
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 II 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 Geoff Love considered himself a Yorkshireman who owed his success 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.
Todmorden Information Centre Trust will be organising a weekend of events during 2-3 September 2017 to celebrate Geoff Love and to mark the launch of a new biography Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music. The weekend will include:
* A free civic reception offering locals and visitors alike the 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
* Two concerts: Calderdale Big Band Concert in Todmorden Town Hall, and Todmorden Community Brass Band concert in the Todmorden Hippodrome showing Geoff Love’s appearance on This is Your Life.
Geoff Love Weekend Itinerary
Saturday 2 September 2017
• 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.
• 12pm onwards, Free exhibition about
Geoff Love, his music, his famous friends
and his contribution to local, national
and international music, in Todmorden
• 2pm, Free Civic Reception and “Geoff
Love, A Love Affair with Music” Book
Launch in Todmorden Town Hall,
accompanied with music from Calderdale
Youth Orchestra, a great chance to chat
to the local author, William Birch, and
reminisce with friends, old and new, on
the fascinating subject of a glamorous
era of music, dance and film.
• 7.30pm, Calderdale Big Band performing
Geoff Love’s music in Todmorden Town
Sunday 3 September 2017
• 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 performing more Geoff
Love arrangements in Todmorden
Hippodrome Theatre, punctuated with
two short films; “This is Your Life” from
1975 featuring Todmorden Brass Band
and “Brass Beats” 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.
For more information, please contact Todmorden Tourist Information Centre