Conductors & VPs



Professional Conductor - Garry Cutt

Garry is one of the most respected and sought after conductors in the Brass Band movement.

From 1983 he had a unique 17 relationship with the village Band from Marple, which culminated with the Band being crowned British Open Champions in 1996!  For Garry, this was his second title,  having won the contest with Kennedy's Swinton in 1989, when he became the youngest conductor in he entire history of the competition to take the title and also the very first recipient of The Mortimer Maestro Award.

He was appointed Musical Director of The Grimethorpe Colliery Band in 1991, a position he relinquished after twelve glorious years. Following the success of the film Brassed Off, Garry conducted the band on sell out tours across the world, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA. Europe,  appearing in iconic concert halls such as Sydney Opera House and New York's Carnegie Hall! During his tenure, together they won six Brass in Concert titles culminating with a hat-trick.

In 2003 Garry was awarded the Isles Medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to brass bands.

Between 2000-2005 Garry worked closely with his dear friend and mentor, Elgar Howarth as Associate Conductor to the NYBBGB.

2004-2009 he was the Professional Conductor to The Fodens Band. During this period they became the inaugural winners at The English National and a further 10 titles including two British Open Championships, 2004 and 2008. The most successful period of the bands history since the 1950's when the Mortimer family were involved.

He has also been the Professional Conductor to The Windcorp Band in Sweden, guiding them to five successive National Titles.

Garry has adjudicated at many International Festivals,  including the Australian Nationaland several European Championships.

He is extremely proud to be the Professional Conductor of The Fairey Band from Stockport.


Musical Director - Jonathan Beatty

Jonathan Beatty is widely regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He came to international prominence upon joining the Grimethorpe Colliery Band as Principal trombone at the age of 21.   His progression to conducting and teaching sees him using his ability to connect music with emotion to its full potential. His character, both on and off the podium, creates a warmth of expression and a unique musical perspective to interpretation.

 Jonathan has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years. During this time, he has played with many of the country’s major orchestras including the Orchestra of Opera North, the London Concert Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the English Northern Philharmonic. Jonathan's 15-year association with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band included winning many major contests.  He has toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Japan and his solos are part of their extensive CD recordings.

 Jonathan has appeared both in film and on television on numerous occasions. These include the film Brassed Off, a live transmission of the Eurovision Song Contest with an audience of two-hundred million, BBC Proms in the Park, Songs of Praise and the Paul O’Grady Show. He has performed in the backing orchestras of many eminent musicians, including Julian Lloyd Webber, Evelyn Glennie, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Kennedy, Topol, Hayley Westenra, Willard White and Kate Rusby.

 As a soloist, Jonathan has performed in iconic venues around the world including Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He has given masterclasses in many places including the Cite de la Musique and the Paris Conservatoire, working many times in this role for the British Trombone Society. 

 Jonathan started his brass band conducting career in 2010 with the Dinnington Colliery Band (famous for the BBC TV show “A Band For Britain”), guiding them from the fourth section to the second, with great contest success, three national appearances and a UK top selling CD recording.  He went on to conduct the Hade Edge Band, receiving critical acclaim in concerts and success in contests. Jonathan is also a popular guest conductor to many of the major brass bands in England. 

Jonathan has a passion for education and as well as his role in working with and developing lower-section bands, he is also the director of both the Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Brass Band at the University of Huddersfield, which has a high reputation for brass playing. The University Brass Band, for the last three years, has been the highest placed university band in the UniBrass Contest and Jonathan has led the band to two wins in 2013 and 2014 in the short history of the contest. In addition to being a Lecturer in Performance at the university, Jonathan is also currently a tutor in lower brass at Sheffield’s prestigious Birkdale School.  Jonathan is proud to boast that many of his pupils are holding positions as professional musicians and in the highest echelons of the banding world.


Honorary Vice President - Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller was born in London and educated at Dulwich College and the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London); he achieved his MA in Art History at the University of Sussex under David Alan Mellor.

In 1995, Deller exhibited at EASTinternational, which was selected by Marian Goodman and Giuseppe Penone. He was invited to select EASTinternational in 2006 with Dirk Snauwaert.

In 1997, Deller embarked on Acid Brass, a musical collaboration with the Williams Fairey Brass Band from Stockport. The project was based on fusing the music of a traditional brass band with acid house and Detroit techno.

In 2004, for the opening of Manifesta 5, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary art, Deller organised a Social Parade through the streets of the city of Donostia-San Sebastian, drafting in cadres of local alternative societies and support groups to participate.

Deller was the winner of the Turner Prize in 2004. His show at Tate Britain included documentation on Battle of Orgreave and an installation Memory Bucket (2003), a documentary about Crawford, Texas – the hometown of George W. Bush – and the siege in nearby Waco.

In 2006, he was involved in a touring exhibit of contemporary British folk art, in collaboration with Alan Kane. In late 2006, he instigated The Bat House Project, an architectural competition open to the public for a bat house on the outskirts of London.

Much of Deller’s work is collaborative. His work has a strong political aspect, in the subjects dealt with and also the devaluation of artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. Folk Archive is a tour of “people’s art” and has been exhibited throughout the UK including at Barbican Centre and most recently (2013) at The Public, West Bromwich, outside of the contemporary art institution. Much of his work is ephemeral in nature and avoids commodification.

In 2007, Deller was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery.

The following year, ‘The Posters Came from the Walls’, a documentary co-directed with Nick Abrahams about Depeche Mode fans around the world was premiered at the London Film Festival, and followed by festival screenings around the world.

In 2009, Deller created Procession, a free and uniquely Mancunian parade through the centre of Manchester along Deansgate, a co-commission by Manchester International Festival and Cornerhouse. Procession worked with diverse groups of people drawn from the 10 boroughs of Manchester and took place on Sunday 5 July at 1400 hrs.

Commissioned in 2009 as part of The Three M Project (a group composed of the New Museum, New York; the Hammer Museum, LA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, to exhibit and commission new works of art), Deller created It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq. The project was designed to foster public discussion by having guest experts engage museum visitors in a free-form, unscripted dialogue about issues concerning Iraq.

Honorary Vice Presidents - Tony and Margaret Greenham

Tony and Margaret Greenham are residents of the small Dorset town of Beaminster. They have been associated with the Fairey Band since the first concert in the local Parish Church in 1979. Every year (sometimes more than once) the band return to a huge welcome from Tony, Margaret and many hosts from the town. Over the years the hospitality received from Tony and Margaret has been astounding and they have more than earned their honorary VP stripes! Here is their story:

“In 1977 the Fairey Band gave a concert in Crewkerne. We hosted 3 players and struck up a friendship with one of them, Cliff Colwell a bass player. He invited us to spend several holidays with his family near Stockport and consequently we went to several Fairey concerts in the area. Cliff wanted the band to come to Beaminster so at one of the conerts we asked the Musical Director Walter Hargreaves if he would do just that. He agreed there and then on condition we supplied him with some bottles of whiskey. The date was booked for September 22nd 1979. A milestone tomorrow. Sadly Cliff who arranged it all died of a heart attack on July 1st 1979. The band still came, their very first concert in Beaminster bringing with them the wonderful British Open championship shield they had just won at Belle Vue, Manchester and Walter had his whiskey. All the band had dinner at 18 Higher Green (steak and kidney pie and trifle as Cliff had requested). Since then the band has become a firm favourite in Beaminster making many friends even though the players change from time to time. Although one player in the band has been coming to every concert, Brian Taylor then the band’s principal cornet. At that very first concert he played “The Water Mill” a cornet solo. We have also been very lucky to have had many famous conductors/composers conduct the band, Major Peter Parkes, Walter Hargreaves, Dr Roy Newsome, Derek Broadbent, Howard Snell and the wonderful Eric Ball who on one occasion conducted his own composition “Journey to Freedom”. Many thanks must go to all the helpers, hosts and sponsors in Beaminster and the surrounding areas who over all the past years have helped make this all possible.”

Tony and Margaret Greenham