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New Solo Horn at Fairey

Momentum continues at the Fairey Band as it welcomes Emma Conway as its new solo horn player. Emma hails from an exceptionally musical brass family and the band is delighted to be able to make this announcement.  She joins the band after spending time in Norway studying at the Manger Folkehogskole.  Whilst in Norway Emma played with Manger Musikklag & Tertnes Brass Band.

Prior to spending time in Norway Emma developed her musical career as a member of the Wardle Band under the leadership of her uncle Lee Rigg and father Sean Conway and from September she will continue her studies at the RNCM with Owen Farr.

Speaking of the appointment, Owen said: ‘Emma is without doubt one of the most talented students I have had the pleasure of teaching and she is fast becoming a well established performer.  It’s a great move both for her and Fairey’.

Musical Director Adam Cooke also added: ‘Despite Emma’s relatively young age, she has a mature musical approach and style. Her appointment continues the band’s commitment to investing in the best young brass players, and I’m looking forward to introducing Emma to our audiences in the near future.

Commenting on her new role, Emma said: ‘I am extremely excited to be starting my next chapter as principal horn with the Fairey Band. I feel honoured to take up this position following in the footsteps of two of the greatest horn players Sandy Smith and Owen Farr. It looks to be a very exciting time for the band and I can’t wait to be part of it.’


The Fairey Band are delighted to announce the signing of Tom Smith as their new Principal Cornet player. This exciting, forward looking appointment demonstrates the band’s desire for further success.

A student at the RNCM, Tom joins the band after gaining experience with Grimethorpe Band and more recently as Principal Cornet with Pemberton Old. Tom has also been keeping busy over the last few months continuing to make music with his innovative social media and YouTube recordings.

Following in the footsteps of many great players that include Norman Ashcroft, Phillip McCann, Brian Taylor and Ian Porthouse, Tom will take up the position when current restrictions are lifted.

Speaking of his appointment, Tom said: “I am very excited to be starting my next chapter as a principal player with the Fairey band. With some other new appointments, it also looks to be a very exciting time for the band, which I am looking forward to being a part of once back in the band room.”

Musical Director Adam Cooke added: ‘I’m delighted that Tom will be joining Fairey’s and look forward to working with him once we can get back to rehearsing. His growing reputation as a top class soloist, as well as his forward-thinking approach to reaching new audiences online over the past few months, make him the ideal candidate to join us.’

Adam Cooke appointed as Musical Director of the Fairey Band

The Fairey Band has the pleasure to announce the appointment of Adam Cooke as its Musical Director. Adam will take up his position with the band as soon as current health restrictions permit.

Having spent 3 years as resident conductor with the Norwegian National Champions Stavanger Brass Band and following consistent success conducting GUS, Adam takes up his new role after relocating to Manchester.

The band is confident that this will be a rewarding and successful partnership as Adam comes with an impressive C V that will bring a new, fresh outlook in his approach.  Through this engagement, the Fairey Band demonstrates a strong desire to look to the future and bring much needed innovation to the band’s performance and to the wider brass band world.

Continued success on the contest stage is also the aim of this change in direction and Adam is considered to be the person to deliver improved results through an injection of energy and enthusiasm.

Adam commented, “I’m thrilled to be taking on this role and looking forward to building on the huge legacy of the Fairey Band both on the contest stage and by continuing the band’s reputation for breaking new musical ground.  We’ll be using the time away from the band room over the coming weeks to push towards these goals and I am eager to get to work once it is safe to do so”


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Sad Announcement

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and untimely passing of Paul Walton – Fairey Band member and father of the band’s percussionist, Alex.

Our announcement simply echoes the many tributes already made, which describe Paul as a loving family man, loyal friend, talented player and dedicated bandsman.

We are deeply shocked and saddened at this terrible loss to his family, and the banding world.

On behalf of all those associated with The Fairey Organisation, we thank people for the messages of sympathy received, and send our heartfelt condolences and love to Paul’s wife Nicky, and children Anna, Alex, James and Lucy.

Rest in peace Paul 💙


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