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September 2017

The name is Love, Geoff Love

 On the first weekend of September Todmorden pays a special tribute to a hidden treasure, Geoff Love. If you have not heard of this gentleman you are sure to have heard of his work.

Born in Todmorden on 4th September 1917, Love went on to become a musical director, arranger and composer, involved in creating instrumentals of some of the most recognised TV and films tunes in history, including music from James Bond. Love’s prolific career garnered an astonishing collection of platinum, fifteen gold and thirteen silver discs, and a special trophy for selling in excess of 2½ million records.

Geoff Love Star Wars Geoff Love Movie ThemesGeoff Love Bond Movie

Some of Geoff Love’s work includes;

  • Writing for several recording labels including Philips, Polydor and Polygram before finally settling at EMI.
  • He arranged Laurie London’s gospel song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”.
  • Love provided the accompaniment and arrangements on record, and in concert, for many popular artists such as Judy Garland, Frankie Vaughan, Shirley Bassey, Des O’Connor and Ken Dodd to name but a few.
  • Big Bond Movie Themes (1975) has since become one of Love’s most sought after MFP albums.
  • In the early 1980s, Love was the co-founder (with Bill Starling) of the Young Person’s Concert Foundation.


What’s On?

Saturday 2nd September


Take a 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.


An exhibition about Geoff Love, his music, his famous friends and his contribution to local, national and international music, in Todmorden Town Hall.


Reception and “Geoff Love, A Love Affair with Music” Book Launch in Todmorden Town Hall, accompanied by music from Calderdale Youth Orchestra, a great chance to chat with 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.


Calderdale Big Band performing Geoff Love’s music in Todmorden Town Hall.

Sunday 3rd September


Take a 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.


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.

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Looking for accommodation in Todmorden?

What better way to get fully submerged in the Geoff Love experience than to stay with us at ShoeBroad Barn?

Tucked away in the heart of the Pennines, but within a mile of Todmorden, you can be on the doorstep of this unique event while at the same time enjoying our breath-taking views.

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