We are pleased to announce the signings of 2 new players to the band to help take us into our concert Season and to bolster the band for our first ever National Finals contest in September.
Rob Jones has joined the band on 2nd Cornet after helping us out in our first 3 contests. Rob started playing in Booker Avenue school and was taught by Bob Dean and Julie Baker. Rob played for the NCWO in his youth and has gone on to play with a number of local ensembles.
Izzy Cross has also joined the band on 2nd Baritone. Izzy is from Dudley and started playing Cornet at 10 before moving on to Euphonium. Before moving to Liverpool to study Music and Maths at the University of Liverpool, she played for Dudley Performing Arts Brass Band.
I am sure you will welcome our new signings who now complete our line-up and arrive just in time for our 24-hour Blowathon tomorrow night!
After the bands success in the recent Contest in Blackpool, the North West Area Championships; we were delighted that our 2nd place has sent us to the National Finals! The contest is in September and also in Cheltenham, which means we will need to travel a fair way to take part.
We have a number of extra events organised to try and Fundraise for the contest, one which includes a 24-hour Blowathon, where the band will be playing continuously for 24 hours From Friday 28th April to Saturday 29th April.
We also have a Just Giving page to help us try and raise the money necessary to be able to go to the Finals, so please donate generously!
Mike A. Jackson
Yesterday, on Sunday 26th February 2017, the band took part in it’s first ever major Brass Band contest, the North West Area. Off draw 13, the band went on to play a superb performance of St. Andrew’s Variations by Alan Fernie and we are very pleased to announce that we came 2nd out of 17 bands in the Fourth Section!
We were very happy with our performance, and this was backed up not only by the adjudicators comments, but those who listened on which also included great write ups from websites such as 4barsrest, all4Brass and the British Bandsman’s Magazine; as well as other bandsmen who were listening on the day.
We are now putting plans together to enter the National Finals in Cheltenham later in the year, whilst our next outing will be our Rock of Ages concert at the Capstone Theatre on 13th May.
Please see our Events section to find out more information on how to get tickets whilst you still can!
The band are delighted to finally confirm the signing of our new Musical Director, Adam Taylor. Adam stepped into the band in January to take us to Brass at the Guild Contest in Preston and the North West Area Contest, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Adam has worked very hard in the past 2 months, leading our contest preparations, and we are all very excited and looking forward to continuing our musical journey together.
Adam studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating in 2012.
As a trombonist, Adam has performed with a variety of ensembles on the stage, in recording, for live radio broadcast and for television. Adams orchestral experience includes multiple appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet, English National Opera and the Southbank Sinfonia. Adam was a member of Kensington Brass, a professional brass dectet based in London. A committed bander, Adam has vast experience playing throughout all sections with bands the country over. Adam is the current principal trombone of the world famous Wingates Band.
As a composer and arranger, Adams music has been heard across the globe in band rooms, on concert and contest stages, on CD, and on TV and radio broadcast. In 2012, Adam won the prestigious ‘Best New Composition’ award at the Brass in Concert competition at the Sage in Gateshead. In 2016 Adam arranged a program of Music for the brass section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and In March 2017, the Wingates band (where Adam is Composer in Residence) will release a CD of Adam’s music.
In recent times Adam has taken up the baton sharing his love and energy for music with others. Adam has conducted and led rehearsals for the Symphonic Brass of the RCM, Wingates Band, Uppermill Band and the brass band at the Junior RNCM. Adam is excited at taking up his full time position with the Allerton Brass family, a group of wonderful individuals in a city very close to Adams heart.
We are pleased to announce the signing of James Elliott on Tuned Percussion. James hails from Mansfield and comes from an Orchestral background, playing Violin. After being enticed onto Bass Drum for the Whit Friday Marches in 2016 by wife Nicola on Horn, James has come in to play Timpani for the band in the contest Season of 2017 and has done a sterling job.
We would also like to announce the internal promotions of Cherith Willshire from 2nd Cornet to Repiano, and Francesca Jackson from 1st Horn to Solo Horn. It is with great pleasure that Rachel Wharton has also come back to the band after a short break and has joined the Baritone section in time for the New Season Contests.