I’ve had quite a hectic 7 months having taken on a full-time teaching role from January until Christmas this year.  In the meantime though I was very surprised and honoured to be awarded the Best Soloist Award at the Yorkshire Area in March and best cornet at the Brass in Concert Championships (BIC). I’ve have had my usual commitments with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, including becoming the French Open Champions in June and a great 2nd place at BIC.

I also led a masterclass as part of Durham Brass Festival on Sunday 22nd July followed by my 12th year as the Cornet Tutor for Wessex Band Summer School starting on Monday 30th July.

Also had another great tour with Desford in Thailand.
Here’s a video of me playing from that tour.

Have a happy Christmas and a great new year everybody 🙂

Had yet again an amazing week tutoring the solo cornets on the Wessex Band Course.  The whole team worked so hard all week and this year were fantastically led by Jessica Scott. The course suits anyone of any standard on any brass or woodwind instrument – if anyone is interested in apply for next year please message me or look at the website www.wessexband.com.  You will need to apply as soon as the application process starts as it fills up very quickly.

Today I had the pleasure of performing some solos in Shirebrook Academy as part of the school’s Arts Promotion Week.  Amongst the solos performed were Del Steigers’ Carnival of Venice, Gounod’s Ave Maria and Scarlett Ribbons accompanied by Desford’s percussionist and one of my best friends Gareth Hand on the piano.  I even made the poor Maths Teacher cry! Thank you to Gareth and Helena Walters for organising the visit and hope to be able to visit again in future promotional weeks.

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I’ve just returned from the most amazing trip to Thailand with Desford Colliery Band conducted by Richard Adams.  We performed various concerts in Hua Hun and the Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok.  It was also fantastic to take part in workshops/masterclasses with Year 5 / 6 with Martyn Patterson, Sam Lovatt, Sammy Latus and Paul Thomas.

I have had one of the most amazing weeks of my life with a set of brilliant musicians and hope to be able to tour again next year.  There is also a possible solo trip to Singapore assisted by Yamaha to come up in the future.

On 21st April I flew out to Austria to rehearse with Brass Band Oberosterreich in their preparations for the 2017 European Brass Band Championships to be held in Ostend the following weekend.

I paired up with Yamaha Artist Erik Janssen and loved playing in my first European Championships!

Last week I visited Yamaha in Hamburg for a service on my cornet and to try out a new potential line of cornet mouthpieces.

I usually play on a Denis Wick 4 and haven’t tried anything else for over 20 years so was initially quite apprehensive to try anything ‘new’. I came home with a new custom made mouthpiece which feels amazing!

I will try it out over the next few weeks in a band situation as trying it on its own isn’t a true test but so far its looking like a change for the better.