Jonathan Beatty will join Garry Cutt to form the new musical team at Fairey.

Musical Director – Jonathan Beatty

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.”

New Sop signing as Martin Irwin moves across the Pennines

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.  

Leeds Best of Brass, Morley Town Hall

Once again, the band are looking forward to performing in Morley Town Hall on Saturday 9th March, as part of the Leeds Best of Brass concert series.

This year guest conductor Jonathan Beatty, who brings a twist of Yorkshire humour to the proceedings, will be guiding the band and audience through an entertaining programme. Featuring no less than eight of the band’s fine soloists, there is a mix of old and new favourites with something for everyone to enjoy!

Programme:

•  The Champions (William Rimmer)
•  Festive Overture – Shostakovich, arr. P. Kitson
•  My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose (Trad. Arr. Gordon Langford)
    Cornet soloist: Stephanie Wilkins
•  12th Street Rag (Euday Bowman)
    Featuring: Brian Taylor, Owain Llestyn and Jimmy Leggat
•  Mood Indigo (Ellington, Mills and Bigard, arr. Philip Harper)
•  Rhapsody for Trombone (Gordon Langford)
   Trombone Soloist: Rebecca Lundberg
•  Fire in the Blood (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)

                    – Interval –

•  Saints Fantasy (Leigh Baker)
•  Mack and Mabel (J. Herman, arr. Keith Wilkinson)
•  Piper ‘O’ Dundee (Kenneth Downie)
   Featuring: Rachel Neil (Horn)
•  Ashokan Farewell (Trad, arr. Alan Fernie)
   Featuring: Lucy Cutt (Flugel)
•  Benedictus from the Armed Man (Karl Jenkins)
   Euphonium Soloist: Adam Bokaris
•  Don’t Stop Me Now (arr. Phillip Harper)
•  Procession to the Minster (Wagner, arr. Howard Snell)

For tickets, please see

https://www.leedsconcertseason.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/fairey-band/4278

Remembrance Concert

Remembrance Concert

Fairey Band and Stockport School’s Brass Band
Remembrance Concert

We are delighted to be hosting a joint concert of Remembrance with the Stockport School’s Brass Band on Friday 9th November, 7:30pm at St Elisabeth’s Church, Reddish, Stockport. To enquire about tickets please use the contact section of the website or come along and pay on the door on the evening.

2018 European Brass Band Championships – Utrecht

The Fairey Band are extremely proud to be representing England at the 2018 European Brass Band Championships in Utrecht in May.

We have been hard at work getting the pieces up to scratch! The video below features some of the preparations the band have been making before their performances of ‘Time for Outrage!’ and our own choice test piece that has been commissioned especially for the occasion.

The contest will be broadcast live on the internet so be sure to tune in to www.brasspass.tv on 4th & 5th of May.

Free Concert

Reminder: The band will be putting on a FREE concert on Sunday 29th April at Glossop Band Club featuring both of the test pieces.

 

Aciiiid Wedding!

The summer always brings an Acid Brass outing; this time for private wedding (use the contact page if you have an enquiry!). See the video we’ve put together below for highlights of the special day at Victoria Warehouse in Salford.

 

See www.acidbrass.com for more information.

Upcoming Joint Concert with Nidaros Brass Band

We are delighted to welcome the Nidaros Brass Band all the way from Norway to share the stage with us at a local concert on Saturday the 3rd of June, taking place in St. Thomas’ Church in Stockport*. The Fairey Band’s portion of the concert will feature some works of renowned composer and arranger Gordon Langford, who has recently passed away.

For further details from the Prof, see the video below!

*NB: There are a few different St. Thomas’ Churches in Stockport, so be careful to get the right one:

St. Thomas’ Church
Buckingham Road,
Heaton Chapel,
Stockport.
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Fairey’s Renew Partnership With SSBB

Saturday 25/3/17 will see members of the Fairey Band tutoring players from Stockport Schools’ Senior and Intermediate bands (SSBB), as they prepare for their appearance at the upcoming National Youth Championships.

The training day, to take place at Stockport Music Service, will mark a revival of a previous relationship between Faireys and the youth band organisation from Stockport, and is hoped to be the first of ongoing future events between the two.

ssbbFairey flugel player, and former SSBB member, Lucy Cutt commented “Faireys are absolutely delighted to be involved in this event, and to be able to give something back in this way. We very much look forward to future collaborations with the band, supporting the musical development of young players in our ‘home’ area of Stockport”.

With generous support from Yamaha, the agenda for the day will see full band rehearsals, conducted by course leader Mike Fowles, and sectional rehearsals led by the Fairey tutors. Alice Bell, SSBB administrator said “our players are looking forward to the day and the opportunities it will give them to work with both the tutors from The Fairey Band and Mike Fowles. We are very proud to represent Stockport and to renew our links with our local Championship Band”. A short concert for parents, performed by both bands, will round-off what is hoped to be a musically productive and enjoyable event for all.

Christmas Message

Merry Christmas everybody! See below for our video Christmas message from Tom, Garry & the band, along with series of clips from one of our Christmas concerts this year given at Uppermill Civic Hall.

See you in the new year for the festival of brass!

Christmas Schedule 2016

Come one, come all (and all ye faithful)! Feeling in that Christmassy mood yet? Well why not kick-start this festive season with the Fairey Band!

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Fairey Band & COAL

coal_emailer_autumntour_contactA selection of the Fairey Band will be taking part in the upcoming COAL tour by the Gary Clarke Company, at the Contact Theatre, Manchester. For tickets and more info click here.

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miners’ strike, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a powerful and emotional dance theatre show about life at the coal face.

It brings together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by 7 professional dancers, a local cast of women and a live brass band, in a story about community, solidarity and survival.

www.coaltour.co.uk

Show/Workshop Package

Gary Clarke Company offer schools, colleges and universities the chance to take part in individually tailored workshops led by members of the company, watch a live performance of COAL and be invited to give a critical response to choreographer Gary Clarke as part of a unique post-show discussion.

To find out about booking a workshop and subsidised £9 show tickets for participants, please contact engagementcoal@gmail.com prior to making a booking direct with Contact.

About COAL

Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

It is based on years of personal research by Gary Clarke, including interviews with Anne Scargill, former wife of NUM president Arthur Scargill, and Betty Cook, the founders of Women Against Pit Closures.

“The COAL Autumn tour is dedicated to the survival and resilience of a man that understands what’s it’s like to fight for his life like many others. This man is my Dad” – Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke also spent time with Chris Skidmore of the National Union of MineworkersBruce Wilson, author of Yorkshire’s Flying Pickets, Barnsley historian and author Brian Elliott and Paul Winter of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

COAL is a direct response to my upbringing in the working class mining village of Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire. It’s about trying to capture a time in British history that is too easily forgotten. It is an attempt at keeping the memories of the mining industry alive, an industry that I believe shaped the fabric of our society and how we live our lives today. These communities are at the heart of COAL.”Gary Clarke 2015.

Providing the distinctive voice of Margaret Thatcher is actor Steve Nallon, still best known for his many performances as the controversial Prime Minister in long-running cult TV satirical comedy hit Spitting Image.

Performers are pushed to physical and emotional extremes, with an evocative score of live brass classics organised by Musical Director Steven Roberts and a thunderous soundscape by Noise Artist Daniel Thomas.

Whit Friday 2016

The Fairey Band had another successful outing at the Whit Friday March competition this year, coming second overall for the Saddleworth area. Check out our winning performance at Scouthead this year below:

 

Fairey to Light Up Christmas Delights on Sky Arts

Hot on the heels of their Acid Brass music being heard on the British Pottery Throwdown programme, Fairey Band will now be both seen and heard on another high profile television appearance – this time on the Sky Arts Channel in the lead up to Christmas.

Wonderland

RW_tweetThe band recently recorded ‘A Brass Band Wonderland’ programme in the depths of the gloriously named ‘Devil’s Arse’ – the famous series of caves which make up the Peak Cavern in Castleton in Derbyshire.

The show will broadcast on SkyArts on 16th and 23rd December 2015

The band was joined by Hackney Colliery Band as well as celebrity presenters and performers including singer Russell Watson, singer/songwriter Andreya Triana, boy band Collabro and comedian Jason Manford, who not only hosted the show but also sang a couple of festive numbers.

Favourites

‘White Christmas’, ‘Christmas Song’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’ are amongst the favourites you will be able to hear on the Sky Arts Channel in December – appropriate numbers as the temperatures in the depths of the earth were a little chilly to say the least according to Fairey Band Manager Nigel Beasley.

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Amazed

“It was another really interesting day for the band. It was cold though – although our efforts were really appreciated both by the other performers and the producers. They were amazed we could keep playing for four hours without the instruments freezing to the lips!”

Nigel added: “Playing alongside these household names is not only good for the band but good for the brass band movement as a whole. I think people are now realising that bands such as Fairey can provide high class music making in any genre they want.

It was also great to be able to do a couple of pieces with Hackney as, for some time, we have been thinking of doing a collaborative concert together.”

Fairey provide Acid drops to Potters

acidlogoThe BBC’s latest ‘do it yourself’ artisan skills programme, ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’ has already hit our television screens before the ovens from the tent of ‘Bake Off’ have had time to cool down.

Jugs, bowls and pots

And although the programme has received mixed reviews from the television critics – as would be Picassos and Morendis try their hand (literally) in making jugs, bowls and pots that will impress judges Keith Brymer Jones and Kate Malone – the music used has been a huge hit, with the BBC already being asked by viewers about its identity and who performed it.

They have found out that the answer is the Fairey Band – with excepts from of all things their ground breaking Acid Brass recordings and the follow up ‘In Yer Face’ release – although neither the music or the band were credited at the end of the first show.

Musical interest

It’s certainly added a bit of musical interest to a programme that you wouldn’t quite expect would work with a touch of Acid dipped into the clay mix as Fairey Band Manager Nigel Beasley told 4BR.

“It’s great that the BBC have used our Acid Brass tracks to help the programme, although it is a bit disappointing that it doesn’t get a mention in the credits. Lots of people have already contacted the band to ask if we recorded it specially for the series.”

Pottery fans

He added: “It does show though that brass bands can do the most unexpected musical things – so it looks like we have made plenty of new pottery fans.”

Keen Acid House potters heard tracks such as ‘Can U Dance’ ‘I sit on Acid’ and ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’ featured during the first episode.

Not quite the Righteous Brothers serenading Demi Moore in ‘Ghost’ is it now….but it does only go out on BBC2 on a Tuesday evening at 9.00pm.

Nostalgia

In the lead up to this year’s British Open Championship at the Birmingham Symphony Hall we’re getting all nostalgic and looking back through some of the band’s winning performances over the years from this and other contests (see here for a full account).

We have managed to dredge up some old recordings from the archives, and with the help of a cassette to mp3 converter (cheers Gaz!) you can listen and/or download them for yourself below.


National Championships of Great Britain 1986 – The Royal Albert Hall, London
Piece: Diversions for Brass Band Derek Bourgeois
Conductor: Roy Newsome
Winners (full results here)

Diversions for Brass Band (1st)
Number of Downloads: 69, File Size: 16.6 MB, Date Published: 29.Oct.2018


The British Open Championships 1993 – Free Trade Hall, Manchester
Piece: Masquerade Philip Wilby
Conductor: Major Peter Parkes
Winners (full results here)

The performance begins at 02:52.

Masquerade (1st)
Number of Downloads: 67, File Size: 21.5 MB, Date Published: 29.Oct.2018

Apologies for strange noise at 11:59!

2015 North West Area Champions!

It’s that time of year again when the band jet off to sunny Blackpool to compete for a chance to make it to the National Finals in October. This year’s foray at the Winter Gardens resulted in the band successfully defending its title with a rousing rendition of Peter Graham’s fantastic homage to Eric Ball, ‘The Torchbearer’. Many thanks to all the players and those behind the scenes that made the performance as special as it was (especially to musical director Garry Cutt who now builds his number of wins at the north west regional competition to eight). A recording of the performance can be heard on our contest playlist.

2015 North West Area Champions

2015 North West Area Champions

A special mention must be made to our top percussion team Graham Proctor, Dave Wycherley, Dan Baldwin & Chan Tung (Brian) for also picking up the percussion prize! The band will join Foden’s to compete at the National Finals on the 10th of October at the Royal Albert Hall, playing Thomas Doss’ ‘Spiriti’.

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Winning Percussion Team – Dan Baldwin, Graham Proctor, Chan Tung (Brian) & Dave Wycherley (Left to Right).

Full Results

Adjudicators: David Hirst & Alan Morrison

1. Fairey (Garry Cutt)*
2. Foden’s (Allan Withington)*
3. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
4. Ashton-Under-Lyne (Phil Chalk)
5. Morecambe (Andrew Warriner)
6. Leyland (Michael Bach)
7. Blackburn & Darwen (Huw Thomas)
8. Oldham (Lees) (John Collins)
9. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
10.Co-operative Funeralcare North West (Jef Sparkes)
11. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Stig Maersk)
12. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
13. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Neil Samuel)

Percussion Prize: Fairey

*Top two bands qualify for National Final at Royal Albert Hall