Cornet prize won by Joseph Hyde in 1861

SAM_1581(1)Nickie Preston has a silver cornet in her family, owned by Joseph Hyde, her great, great grandfather. This was won at a contest at Peterborough in 1861 for the “best soprano or solo cornet player” in the competing bands. A newspaper report of the contest is given below

Hyde was born in January 1847 at Hayfield, Derbyshire, and died between 1901 & 1911. He lived in Doncaster in 1861, and would have been 14 when the prize was won. He was a  “surgeon dentist” in the census of 1871. Before he became a dentist, he possibly worked on the railway like his brothers and father. His address is next to the railway station in 1871.


The Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Friday September 6, 1861

Brass Band Contest – The third annual band contest at Peterboro’ came off on Monday last, in a field adjoining  the Great Northern Railway Hotel, the entrance to which was In St. Leonard street. This ground was not by any means so well adapted for holding a fete of this sort as Touthill field, where the contest was held the Last two years, as it is touch smaller, and has not anything attractive about it, being surrounded on all sides by houses.  Notwithstanding this we believe there were quite as many people present as on the former years. The prizes offered were: first prize, £15; second, £8; third, £4; fourth, £2; and fifth, £1. In addition to these prizes a silver medal was presented to the conductor or leader of each of the winning bands ; and an electro silver plated cornet, value 15 guineas, to the best soprano or solo cornet player. For these prizes the following bands competed : Farnley Ironworks, 20th West Riding Yorkshire Volunteer (Doncaster), South Yorkshire Railway, Mexboro’, Nene-side Ironworks, Thrapstone, Whittlesea, Raunds, Kettering, and 6th Cambridgshire Volunteer Rifle Corps. The first five of these bands took the prizes in the order they are placed above. The only band which did not attend as announced was the Baildon. The prize cornet for the best soprano or solo cornet playing was awarded to Master J. Hyde, the leader of the Doncaster Volunteer Band. This caused a little dispute, Mr. Large (the leader and conductor of the Ely band) being without doubt the best player, but Mr. Large belongs to the Cambridge University Band, and was not the person announced as the conductor of the Ely band, and therefore the judges decided that Hyde was entitled to the prize. The decision of course gave great satisfaction to the members of the band to which the boy belonged, and he was carried triumphantly round the ground and loudly cheered immediately the decision was announced.

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