Fairey Band and Stockport School’s Brass Band
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.
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.
Reminder: The band will be putting on a FREE concert on Sunday 29th April at Glossop Band Club featuring both of the test pieces.
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.
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
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.
Fairey 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.
A 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.
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 email@example.com prior to making a booking direct with Contact.
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
“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.
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:
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.
The 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.
‘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.
“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.”
The 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.
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.”
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.
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)
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
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’.
Winning Percussion Team – Dan Baldwin, Graham Proctor, Chan Tung (Brian) & Dave Wycherley (Left to Right).
It’s a brand new year and with it comes an invigorated band having just made their first appearance of the year at the annual Festival of Brass event. The festival was held in the newly renovated concert hall at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester and ran over the last weekend in Janurary. A full review of the band’s performance from 4barsrest can be found here.
Many thanks to Steve Probert for the above photo (the full gallery can be found here).
This years guest soloist was the internationally renowed performer and euphonium tutor Steven Mead. He had chosen to play the fiendishly difficult ‘Diamond Concerto’ (video here) written for him by Philip Sparke. Live recordings are available below:
Percy Fletcher – The Spirit of Pageantry
Edric Cundell – Blackfriars
Philip Sparke – Diamond Concerto for Euphonium and Band (Steven Mead)
Ernest Farrar (arr Richmond) – Heroic Elegy
Herbert Howells – Pageantry
Maurice Johnstone – Beaufighters
Last weekend the band grouped together with World of Sound to produce a new CD recording set for release in the near future! The session was split in two with Tom Davoren taking the first day and Garry Cutt the second. Below are some photos of the band taken during the two days!
Paul Hughes getting ready to record the beautiful ‘Dimitri’.
Jimmy being Jimmy!
Josh ‘Fruity’ Cirtina
What a section!
Mr Proctor proud of his team.
Comfort is everything
Phoenix – Peter Graham
I’ll Walk With God – Nicholas Brodszky, arr. Goff Richards
Nefarious – Jim Fieldhouse
Dimitri – Rodney Newton Cornet Soloist: Paul Hughes
Knight Templar – George Allan
For the Love of a Princess – James Horner, arr. Andrew Duncan
The Hall of the Mountain King – Edvard Grieg, arr. Bill Geldard Bass Trombone Soloist: Josh Cirtina
The Irish Blessing – Joyce Eilers Bacak, Stephen Bradnum
Baroque Concerto for Horn – Johann Quantz, arr. Mark Allen Tenor Horn Soloist: Paul Bennett
Dance Macabre – Camile Saint-Saens, arr. Ben Tubb
Solemn Entry of the Knights of St. John – Richard Strauss, arr. Mark Preece
Land of Make Believe – Chuck Mangione, arr. Jim Fieldhouse
It’s that time of year again when the band steps up to the stage in the Royal Albert Hall. The band delivered a very strong performance of ‘The Legend of King Arthur’ (Peter Meechan) with excellent execution by all soloists and received a very enthusiastic reception to finish a respectable 5th out of 20 bands. The full results are given below:
On Sunday Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the second time in three years by beating West Ham United on the final day of a dramatic season. Following their win the band were invited to play at the player’s private party on Sunday evening in Manchester Town Hall in the form our alter ego ACID BRASS. The team and VIPs were mightily impressed with the band’s unique acid house style, fuelling a party lasting until the early hours with Bollinger flowing by the bucket-load. Many thanks to the MCFC for an excellent night of entertainment!
The following day saw one or two casualties from a well lubricated evening, but there was no time to wallow in this since the band were due on stage for the public parade the next afternoon. After a quick sight read of the Yaya Toure song the band filled the stage and played to hundreds of supporters in Albert Square, and the thousands of people watching at home. The band were very excited to meet the City players (particularly 2nd trombone player Paul Coupe), but unfortunately the scheduled rehearsal that evening meant a swift departure from the square for all*.
Click here for a video of the band playing during the parade in Albert Square.
*rehearsal for a concert this weekend in St. Mary’s Church Rawtenstall conducted by Prof Garry Cutt. Program to include Spitfire Prelude (Walton), Cornet Solo Dimitri (Paul Hughes), The Irish Blessing (Eilers Bacak), Knight Templar (George Allen), Shine as the Light (Peter Graham), I’ll Walk with God (Brodsky), Labour & Love (Fletcher), Ave Verum (Mozart, Euph/Bari feature), Nimrod (Elgar), Crown Imperial (Walton).
This is will be the fourteenth time the band have taken home the regionals trophy, leading them on to play in the National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall later this year. It is a great step forward for the band to win the regionals again (the last time being 2001), and a streak that we will fully aim to continue! The full performance can be heard below.
The full results were:
Test Piece: ‘St Magnus’ – Kenneth Downie
Adjudicators: Jim Davies & Barry Thompson
“This has just enhanced a terrific work ethic and team spirit that I’ve not witnessed in banding for a long time”
Needless to say the band are delighted with the result. Sympathy goes out to our Solo Baritone player who was so overcome with paroxysms of joy that she managed to dislocate her foot upon exiting the band bus.
As part of Warp’s Late at Tate event on the 6th December 2013 the Fairey Band performed some of their uniquely styled acid house numbers to hundreds at the Tate Britain art gallery. The band were the featured artist at the evening of performances and installations from Warp Records and artist Jeremy Deller, all inspired by Deller’s work ‘The History of the World’. After the band performed they were met with a rapturous applause and demands for more! Here are a few photos from the event: