The Fairey Band took part in the inaugural Brass Pass Band of the Year Contest on Saturday 22nd of June at Stoller Hall, Manchester.
The band played a diverse programme full of great music from the likes of Berlioz, Peter Graham, Howard Snell, and one of the most iconic works ever written for the brass band movement, Eric Ball’s masterpiece, Resurgam. The Fairey Band were placed 4th on the day, against the very best bands in the UK. You can see our performance, and all the other bands here ……. https://brasspass.tv/
The Fairey Band are pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Beatty as their new Musical Director.
The experienced musician has been a professional musician for over 25 years, playing with some of the country’s leading ensembles, including the Orchestra of Opera North, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He also enjoyed a 15 year period with Grimethorpe as principal trombone.
Jonathan is a lecturer in performance at the University of Huddersfield and directs both its brass band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, playing a key role in the continued development of brass musicianship at the university.
More recently he enjoyed considerable conducting success with the likes of Dinnington Colliery, Hade Edge and the University of Huddersfield Band, with the appointment reigniting a long-standing musical relationship with Fairey professional conductor Garry Cutt, which started when they worked together at Grimethorpe in the 1990s.
Jonathan said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the country’s most successful bands and especially with Garry Cutt.
To be able to have an input into their future musical development is a huge privilege. They have a fantastic work ethic and a team of excellent players.”
In response Garry added: “This is a great appointment for the band. I have the highest regard for Jonathan as a musician and he has so much to offer Fairey.”
The band are pleased to announce that Soprano Cornet star Martin Irwin has joined the band from Black Dyke.
Martin is one of the most highly regarded cornet players in the business and brings with him a wealth of experience, having had significant success with the Brighouse and Rastrick band and more recently Black Dyke.
Speaking of the appointment, professional conductor Garry Cutt said: “We’ve been looking for some time for a top class player who could offer us the musical experience and quality required at the very highest level and it’s been well worth the wait. Martin is a bandsman who has always given 100% with whichever band he has played for — and his CV is testament to his class.”
The majority of Martin’s banding experience has been in Yorkshire, so signing for Stockport-based Fairey’s is the start of a new musical chapter.