BRASS PLAYERS

AUTUMN 2019 TOUR

NORTHERN STAGE, NEWCASTLE
Fiona Taylor – Flugelhorn
Jamie Beeston – Euphonium
(from NASUWT Riverside Band)

THE PLACE, LONDON
Callum Robb – Flugelhorn
Paula Langford – Euphonium

GULBENKIAN, CANTERBURY
Anna Spedding – Flugelhorn
Toni Durrant – Euphonium
(from Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band)

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
Claire Taylor – Flugelhorn
Simon Willis – Euphonium
(from Grimethorpe Colliery Band)

GRAND THEATRE, BLACKPOOL
Anna Spedding – Flugelhorn
Toni Durrant
– Euphonium
(from Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band)

LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE, HUDDERSFIELD
Anna Spedding – Flugelhorn
Rebecca Lundberg
– Euphonium
(from The Fairey Band)

SPRING 2019 TOUR

CAST, DONCASTER
Anna Spedding – Flugelhorn
Toni Durrant – Euphonium
(from Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band)

THE CIVIC, BARNSLEY
Anna Spedding – Flugelhorn
Toni Durrant
– Euphonium
(from Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band)

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW
Caroline Farren
– Flugelhorn
Alan Douglas – Euphonium
(from Whitburn Band)

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

The South Elmsall Village Brass Band can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1884 and in 1905 was adopted by the local Frickley Colliery. During the Band’s long and successful history, it has both competed and triumphed at many of the most prestigious competitions in the world. The band’s most recent achievements include being crowned Yorkshire Champions in 2013 and 2015. This partnered with 3rd place at the prestigious British Open Brass Band Championships in 2011 and being crowned the Champion Band of England and Scotland at the National Championships of Great Britain in 2013. With regular appearances on the BBC’s flagship programme Songs of Praise, the band is currently experiencing one of the most successful periods in their history. This has led to Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band being firmly established as one of the top 10 ranked Brass Bands in the world.
www.carltonmain.co.uk

Whitburn Band

Whitburn Band

The current Scottish, Scottish Open and Grand Shield champion was formed in the heart of West Lothian in 1870 and originally served as an outlet for members of the mining community to perform at local parades. Its first major contesting impact came in 1954 when it became the first Scottish band to secure a National title by winning the 3rd section in London. Progression to the Championship section followed and in 1968 Whitburn won its first Scottish Championship. Following the appointment of Major Peter Parkes in 1978, Whitburn dominated the Scottish brass band scene and became a regular prizewinner in the major contests in England. It made regular broadcasts and performed in many of the finest concert halls in Europe, and – in 1990 – was runner-up at the European Championships. One of the greatest honours in Whitburn’s history was bestowed on the band in 2002 when it was invited to perform in London as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Whitburn Band has been the Champion Band of Scotland on 19 occasions. Today, the band continues to make a significant contribution to cultural life in Scotland, performing regularly at major events such as Scotland’s international rugby games to a television audience of millions.

www.whitburnband.com

NASUWT Riverside Band

NASUWT Riverside Band

The band was formed in 1877 and is based in the village of Pelton Fell near Chester-Le-Street. Over the years the band has had a number of names, however since 2008 has been sponsored by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT). As a result of this new sponsorship the Band is now proudly called the NASUWT Riverside Band. Over the last 4 years, the band has been a principal performer at the Durham International Brass Festival including playing a key role in the Miners Hymns performances in Durham Cathedral 2010 and again in 2014 in the Sage Gateshead and London Barbican. Also in 2014 the band were the first band to perform with British Sea Power – an Indie rock band based in Brighton – and performances were held in the Gala Theatre and the Sage Gateshead. The band has proudly played in the National Brass Band Championships at Royal Albert Hall 3 times in the last 6 years.

https://www.facebook.com/NASUWTRiversideBand/

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary. These include 16 Brass In Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champions, two English National Championship victories, four times British Open Champions and four times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain. Grimethorpe’s diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, together with a wealth of national and international television / radio appearances and professional recordings. The band has been the recipient of two gold discs, as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie “Brassed Off” for which Grimethorpe was the focal point. The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Barbican, Westminster Abbey, European Parliament, Sydney Opera House and more, have all played host to Grimethorpe. With tours to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and concerts & festival appearances throughout Europe, the band’s performance reputation remains unsurpassed. In addition to continuing to delight audiences across the globe, Grimethorpe also continues to invest in and support its local community in Grimethorpe, Barnsley and South Yorkshire, particularly through its youth music initiatives and community performances, both locally and on a national scale.

For further information on Grimethorpe Colliery Band, visit www.grimethorpeband.com

The Fairey Band

The Fairey Band

Founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport, the Band achieved many musical successes under the direction of the late, great Harry Mortimer, their Musical Director for over thirty years. Since those early days the Band can boast an unrivalled set of results at the British Open being crowned Champions 16 times, more than any other band during this period. In addition the Band has been National Champions of Great Britain on 9 occasions and had victories at the European Championships, the All England Masters and the English Nationals. Winners of the BBC ‘Best of Brass’ and Granada ‘Band of the Year’ titles add further touches of distinction to this famous Band. In recent years, the Band has enjoyed further recognition outside the confines of the Brass Band movement, with its involvement in the ‘Acid Brass’ project. Under this banner the Band has been able to display its flexibility in adapting to a totally different musical concept. With a group of talented and experienced soloists the Fairey Band is able to deliver an entertaining programme of contrasting musical genres to suit a wide ranging audience.

http://www.faireyband.com/