Born in Aldershot, the son of a regular soldier, Richard spent his first two years of his life in India. On return to England, the family moved to Preston, Lancashire. It was in nearby Leyland that he was introduced to the cornet with the British Legion Band. Within three years Richard was the founder member of the National Youth Brass Band, becoming principal cornet under the direction of the late, great Harry Mortimer, OBE, CBE. Leaving his first band, he moved to the Leyland Motors Band (the original forerunner of the JJB Sports Leyland Band). National Service took Richard to Berlin, and on return to civilian life, he spent two years with the Black Dyke Mills Band.
However, it was in the art of conducting that Richard was to carve a brilliant career. Upon graduation from the Royal Northern School of Music, he began full time teaching and worked as a freelance trumpet player with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Mozart Orchestra, Syd Lawrence, and many other famous ensembles. During this period his conducting skills were being perfected in a vast theatre of experience, including brass bands, choral societies, and the directions of opera.
The year 1975 was to provide the milestone in Richard's career that would take him to the very top of his profession. While conducting Wigan Cecilian Choral Society, he was asked to audition for the position of Musical Director with the Wingate’s Temperance Band. He accepted the position and within three months he had won the British Open Championships at his very first attempt! 1976 saw him moving to the Fairey Engineering Band, continuing to gain a reputation for flair and innovative musical direction to the highest standard.At the beginning of 1978, Richard was recruited to rebuild the Leyland Vehicles Band with the specific remit of achieving the Championship status within three years. The band made history with their meteoric rise through the brass band super league.
The Worshipful Company of Musicians of the City of London rewarded Richard's prowess as conductor, teacher, adjudicator and movement leader in 1986 when he was the recipient of the J.Henry Iles Medal. He has worked with Bands all over the world, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Denmark. He proudly holds the post of Musical Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.
Richard first conducted Camborne at the 2006 Spring Festival in Blackpool and has since lead the band at many concerts at the Hall for Cornwall. Most recently, he lead the band to an excellent 8th place at the 2009 National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall - the band's best result at the contest for 19 years!
Ian Porthouse was born in Cumbria in 1967 into a family of musicians. His father, a cornettist and mother a pianist/singer. At the age of 5 he began to take an interest in his dad's trumpet, before being banned from playing for a short while for losing his fathers best mouthpiece whilst playing outdoors!
Ian joined the Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band on 3rd cornet where his father was principal cornet, within 5 years he would take over on the end himself. Also around this time, Ian became a founder member of the Cumbria Youth Brass Band under Richard Evans, who was to have a big impact on his musical career.
At the age of 16, Ian became the leader of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and led the band for 3 years in total. Richard Evans invited Ian to join the Leyland Vehicles Band in 1984 and within 6 months he was the new principal cornet at the age of 17. He went on to play with the Desford Colliery Band under James Watson, becoming National Champions 3 years in succession. Ian has appeared as guest soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on a TV soundtrack- Yorkshire Glory, conducted by Vernon Handley.
After living in New Zealand for a year and winning the national title with the St Kilda Band, Ian returned to the UK and became principal cornet with the Black Dyke Mills Band, winning another National title in 1993 and appearing as a soloist with them in the world famous Carnegie Hall- New York. Ian has been principal cornet with the Yorkshire Building Society Band, winning 3 European Championships and the British Open in 1997, at this contest Ian was awarded the prize as most outstanding soloist.
In 1998 Ian became musical director of the newly formed Pennine Brass, taking them from the 2nd section to the championship in 2 years. Ian gained another 2 National Championship wins with the Williams Fairey Band in 2002 and 2003 under Alan Withington.
As well as working for Rochdale Music Service, Ian is Director of Brass Band Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, tutor to the National Youth Brass Band and for the Band Studies Course at Accrington and Rossendale College, again working with Richard Evans.
Recent conducting projects include several concerts with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, M.D. of the 2008 European Youth Brass Band, Musical Director with Tredegar Town Band and Musical Director with the Hepworth Cookson Homes Band. Ian will make his debut with Camborne Town Band at the 2010 West of England Area Championships in Torquay where the band will aim to beat the curse of the contest and retain their title.
Alan was born in Redruth in 1961 and began learning to play the cornet at the young age of five.
He joined Carharrack and St Day Band and then moved to St Austell Town Band, competing in the National Finals with them. Alan also played in numerous solo contests throughout Cornwall and the South West with major success and in 1974 he joined Camborne Town Band, remaining there until 1977 when he joined the Army. Alan spent two years training at the Band of the RAC Junior Leaders Regiment in Bovington, Dorset, and was posted to Germany in 1979 with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Band.
He later studied at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall under Professor Ian McKintosh and was awarded the prestigious Cousins Memorial Parchment for exceptional proficiency on the cornet. He was principal cornet for six years and was also Commanding Officers' Trumpeter. This gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the world and play at numerous prestigious occasions in front of the Royal Family and dignitaries.
In 1999, Alan was asked to take on the challenge of reforming Camborne Youth Band. He started with seven players and increased the membership to eighty within the first year through presentations at schools and subsequent lessons. With the advanced players of the Youth Band, Alan formed Camborne B Band in 2001 and the ever increasing numbers of new players saw the formation of a Junior Contest Band in November 2007.
Since 2003, Alan has been a tutor with the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. In 2004 he became a tutor at the Wessex Band Summer School and in the same year Alan was awarded the Cornish Gorseth Trevada Shield for the encouragement of music making by young people. Alan was also crowned 'Cornwall's Best Contributor to Music' in 2007 by St Austell Brewery and Pirate FM.
Alan received the prestigious Harry Mortimer Medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2008 ‘in recognition of his services for the teaching of young people in the brass band movement.' In April 2009, Alan and Camborne Youth Band won their sixth National title in six years: 2009 Premier National Youth Champions.
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CYB / Brass
King Edward III once said: "If you want to train a longbowman, start with his grandfather." This adage holds just as true for British euphonium soloist David Childs who was born in the Yorkshire village of Grimethorpe in 1981, to a family whose name had been synonymous with the euphonium for the last two generations. His grandfather, John was born in the Welsh valleys and was a well-respected euphonium player and conductor who inspired his sons, Robert & Nicholas to play euphonium. Robert began teaching his son David from an early age and in recent years David has emerged as one of the finest brass soloists of his generation.
In the year 2000 he broke new ground for the euphonium becoming the first euphonium soloist ever to win the brass final of the televised 'BBC Young Musician of the Year’ competition, and in the same year was awarded the coveted ‘Euphonium Player of the Year’ title, a title he won again in 2004 and still holds today. Since that time David has been instrumental in raising the profile of the euphonium in the classical world of music and has not ceased to wow audiences with his astonishing technique, extrovert musicality and engaging stage presence.
At twenty-five years of age David is in the early stages of his career, but has already toured extensively performing as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S.A. He is a keen advocate of new music and has premièred six new concerti for euphonium including a Royal Albert Hall radiobroadcast of Alun Hoddinott's, 'The Sunne Rising - The King Will Ride’. David has performed on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Classic fm, channel 4 television and BBC 2 television. He has also been featured in the Gramophone, Classical Music and MUSO music magazines.
David has had the pleasure of performing as a soloist with some of the UK’s finest orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Sinfonia Cymru. He has given solo performances at a number of high profile music festivals including the BBC Proms, Melbourne International Festival, Cheltenham International Festival and the Welsh Proms. He also became the first euphonium soloist to give recitals in London’s most prestigious recital venues; the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank’s Purcell Room.
David has already achieved a great deal as a young euphonium soloist and received many awards in recognition: a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians; a Star Award from the Countess of Munster; the Musicians Benevolent’ Sir Charles Leggett Award; the Welsh Music Guild’s Leo Abse & Cohen Award; the BBC Radio Wales Soloist Award and the Harry Mortimer Award for Outstanding Achievement. As a Schreiber-Keilwerth York Artist David is leading the way for a new generation of euphonium players worldwide; he is proving the euphonium as a serious solo vehicle within the world of classical music whilst remaining dedicated to British style brass band movement. With several new commissions on the horizon, David is sure to continue raising the euphonium’s profile through his own unique performances.
Since graduating in the early 1980's, Garry Cutt has developed a reputation as one of the banding worlds most respected and successful conductors.
His 17 year relationship with the Marple Band resulted in many of Garry's early contest success: A hat-trick of 4th prizes during 1992/3/4 and their British Open victory of 1996 are some of the most remarkable results in the history of the contest. This was Garry's second "Open" title, having previously guided the Kennedy's Swinton Band to their 1989 win and at the same time, becoming the youngest winning conductor in the competition's history and the very first recipient of The Mortimer Maestro Award.
He was appointed Musical Director to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in 1991, a position he held for twelve years. The phenomenal impact of the film "Brassed-Off" resulted in Garry leading the band on sell-out tours, notably Australia on three occasions and performing in that iconic building, Sydney Opera House. Other overseas trips have included Japan, New Zealand. Hong Kong and in April 2003, witnessed band and conductor, make their debut in New York's Carnegie Hall! He has an enviable reputation on the concert platform, cemented by six victories at Spennymoor's Brass in Concert.
In September 2003, he was awarded the Iles Medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians in recognition of his services to the Brass Band Movement.
September of 2004 witnessed the history books of The Fodens Richardson Band being dramatically re-written. For the band and after several near misses, their 1st British Open victory since 1964, for Garry, his third Mortimer Maestro award! He took up the position of Professional Conductor as from January 1st 2005 and since then has added two North West Area titles, English National winners 2006 and International Masters Champions 2007.
Between 2000 - 2005, Garry was the Associate Conductor of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, working closely with his dear friend and mentor, Elgar Howarth.
Garry has returned to Grimethorpe in the role of an Associate Conductor leading the band in their busy concert diary and when time permits he enjoys working as a guest conductor with numerous bands across the UK, Europe and Japan. He first worked with Camborne at the 2009 West of England Championships when he lead the players to their first 'Area' victory in six years!
After a long association as Principal Cornet player with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Alan then held a similar position with the world famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band. Now their Musical Director, Alan is also a freelance conductor, soloist and adjudicator. He is also a founder member of the widely acclaimed brass group, SONAR Brass which is a brass band based quintet.
He continues to be in great demand as a soloist having travelled the world appearing in Australia several times, extensively in Europe and to the USA as well as the length and breadth of Great Britain featuring in many festivals and gala concerts including the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
An experienced music examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools Music he also visits educational establishments giving recitals, masterclasses and external examining, and has adjudicated brass band contests at all levels at home and abroad, including the National Championships of Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, the US Open and European Championships.
His conducting career has been very successful since his first appointment at the age of 17, with several bands rising through the sections under his guidance and frequent appearances as Guest Conductor with several famous bands. Alan has recorded seven solo albums and pioneered a teaching video that has proven very successful. He also regularly features on light music recordings for the BBC with various ensembles including big bands and orchestras.
There are several compositions and arrangements published for brass band by Alan that have also proven very popular and all are still available, some of the titles becoming best sellers, such as "Buster Strikes Back" and "Sugar Blues". In addition to this Alan won the Fodens Richardson award for new arrangements with his stunning version of "Over the Rainbow".
Alan was appointed Musical Advisor of Camborne Youth Band in 2004 and works with the band several times a year in preparation for contests, concerts and recordings.
Steve's musical roots are firmly based in Yorkshire brass bands beginning with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. In 1978 he accepted an invitation by Elgar Howarth to join the famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band as Principal Tuba and Soloist. With Grimethorpe he performed as soloist throughout Europe and Australia and during this period he was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Granada Television Soloist of the Year’.
Because of an ever-increasing demand for Steve’s talent both as soloist, conductor and clinician, he now works as a freelance musician appearing in the USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia and is a firm favourite with players and audiences alike.
Steve has been directing Championship section bands at the National Finals, The British Open, All England Masters and European Championships since the age of 22.
Steve works with many bands throughout the year, including Cory, Leyland, Fairey, Tredegar, BTM etc. and has presented British regional conducting workshops on behalf of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors and conducting seminars on behalf of the North American Brass Band Association in Washington DC.
He also regularly acts as an adjudicator at leading music festivals throughout Britain, North America, Norway and Switzerland. As a measure of his standing in the brass band movement he was recently invited to adjudicate at the National Brass Band Finals in London’s Royal Albert Hall and in March 2001 Steve adjudicated at the Yorkshire Regional Championships - regarded by many has the hottest seat in brass band adjudication! Steve is included in the British Federation of Bands’ list of approved adjudicators.
Steve has appeared as guest artist with many famous ensembles including the U.S. Army Orchestra, HM Royal Marines, the Norwegian Navy Band, the Netherlands Brass Ensemble, the Canadian Air Force Band, Chicago Staff Band and UNC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He has performed as soloist at the world renowned Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago) – sharing the stage with jazz greats Bill Watrous and Arturo Sandoval. In 2002 he presented a solo recital in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
He is tuba tutor at the celebrated ‘Brass Band Summer School’ (Oxford) and the ‘International Brass Band Summer School’ (Sedbergh/Swansea) where he is now also responsible for the Brass Band Conducting Course. Steve is lecturer in low brass studies at Bath Spa University College and is tutor and Professor of Brass to HM Royal Marines Band in Portsmouth, Plymouth, Lympstone and Dartmouth.
Steve has been engaged as clinician (and responsible for instrument development) by the Yamaha Corporation and Besson Musical Instruments and lives in Somerset with his wife, Joanne, who is a brass and woodwind instrumental teacher and Music Co-ordinator in the county. They have two sons, Stephen who plays trombone and Carlton who plays tuba – both are already talented musicians. All four family members join together to form ‘The Orchard of England Brass Quartet’.
Steve will take responsibility for the overall musical direction and conduct at contests and some concerts but share regular rehearsals with David Hamilton who will act as Resident Conductor.
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher J Davis OBE
BA(Hons) MMus DMA LRAM is the ex Commandant Royal Marines School of Music and Principal Director of Music Royal Marines
Born in 1959 in Eastleigh, Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Davis took an early interest in music, playing in various combinations, until he joined the Royal Marines School of Music in September 1975.
On completion of three years training at the Royal Marines School of Music, Chris joined the Band of the Commander in Chief Naval Home as a clarinet and violin player. The next eight years, six as leader of the orchestra, saw continuous service on board Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, including two circumnavigations of the world, two Royal honeymoon cruises and trips to the Americas, Australasia and the Far East.
Having completed the Bandmasters class of 1988 and receiving the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians he was promoted to Band Sergeant. There then followed a year as a member of the Band of the Commander in Chief Fleet, gaining his Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music.
With a return to the Band of Commander in Chief Naval Home Command in 1989 came promotion to Band Colour Sergeant and further trips as leader of the orchestra on board Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. 1992 saw a return to the Royal Marines School of Music as the leader of the Staff Orchestra. It was also during this year that he was successful on the Admiralty Interview Board and was commissioned on the 1st January 1993.
There followed two years of study at University College Salford, where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in Band Musicianship, studying conducting with David King and composition under Ray Steadman-Allen and Peter Graham. On graduating from University College Salford he was appointed Assistant to the Principal Director of Music in July 1994.
He was appointed Director of Music, Royal Marines Band Scotland based at HMS CALEDONIA in Rosyth, in July 1995 and spent 3 years in charge of the band performing at venues throughout the United Kingdom.
With promotion to Captain and his departure from the Scotland Band, he undertook a period of training at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Bracknell. On completion of this Initial Staff Course he was appointed as Director of Music Training at the Royal Marines School of Music in October 1998. He was promoted to Major on the 1 July 1999.
During the summer of 2000 he found himself returning to the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth, the band in which he began his playing career, this time as its Director of Music. A successful 2 year period followed, with tours to Thailand and Washington DC being the highlights of his tenure.
In July of 2002 Lieutenant Colonel Davis assumed the position of Commandant of the Royal Marines School of Music and Principal Director of Music Royal Marines, the seventh in a line of celebrated musicians who have held this appointment.
Having completed a 3 year period of research into conductor/composer collaboration with the University of Salford, Lieutenant Colonel Davis was awarded the Doctoral of Musical Arts in July 2006.
Lieutenant Colonel Davis was awarded the OBE in the Queen's New Years Honours list of 2007 in recognition of his services to Military music.
Since retiring as Principal Director of Music in 2009 he now conducts ensembles as a freelance conductor, with particular interest in brass bands, and is a Member of The Association of British Brass Band Adjudicators.
Chris is an Associate Conductor for the world famous Brighouse and Rastick Band.
He has never forgotten the history and important heritage the Band Service has provided over hundreds of years of service, and which it continues to provide the Nation today
Chris Davis OBE
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David joined Camborne Town Band on Eb Bass in January 2011 shortly after moving from his native Scotland to his current job as Music Performance Coordinator and Brass Instructor at Humphry Davy School in Penzance. Prior to joining the band David played with Annan Town, Newmilns and Galston, Dalmellington and the Scottish Co-op Bands in Scotland as well as being a tuba player with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and European Youth Brass Band. His first foray into conducting came in 2005 at the NABBC Conductors Competition where he won the Scottish final conducting the Johnstone Band and Scottish Co-op Band. He has held a variety of positions with brass bands, choirs and musical theatre groups in Scotland and more recently in Cornwall.