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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

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