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.
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!
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!
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
Gary Clarke also spent time with Chris Skidmore of the National Union of Mineworkers, Bruce 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.
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:
The band are proud to announce the release of their latest CD Quintessence. The CD features the music of Robert Redhead under the direction of John Ward and Robert himself, also featuring guest Tenor Horn soloist Owen Farr. Available now via the band’s shop. See below for full track listing.
Forward by Clarence Adoo
This recording is devoted to the music of Robert Redhead, arguably one of the most important figures in the history of Salvation Army music making. Whether you are just discovering Robert’s works or this is familiar repertoire to you, I do hope you enjoy this recording, brought to you by the talented players of the Fairey Band under the direction of John Ward, and Robert directing a very special performance of I Will Follow Thee.
A new work here is Tenore: Theme and Variations. I would like to thank Robert Redhead for composing this for Owen Farr to perform on this recording. The intention is that this fine new work will enjoy performances beyond this recording, and Robert and Owen are working together to produce a version for wider use.
Proceeds from the sale of this recording go to the Clarence Adoo Trust and my sincere thanks go to everybody who has worked so hard to produce this very special recording.
Dr. Clarence Adoo MBE
For more information see www.clarence.org.
- A Fanfare of Praise
- Isaiah 40
- I Will Follow Thee*
- Tenore: Theme and Variations (Owen Farr, Tenor Horn)
- Picton Citadel
- How Charming is Thy Name
- Corpus Christi
All music recorded in the presence of the composer, * indicating where he directed the band.