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Alan Morrison announces retirement

Tuesday 14 March, 2017

It has been announced that cornet and soprano soloist, Alan Morrison, has taken the reluctant decision to retire from playing for the final time.

Alan, who is widely regarded as one of the most successful cornet players in history, having held the principal cornet seat at both Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse and Rastrick bands for extensive periods, travelled extensively and released numerous solo CDs over a playing career spanning over 50 years.

Brighouse and Rastrick Band Manager Ryan Watkins commented to BB: “Alan will be remembered in his later years as he showed the banding world his talent on the soprano cornet. He played in many fine performances for Brighouse in the past two years. He will remain with Brighouse and Rastrick throughout the audition process for his replacement and his final performance with the band will be at the European Championships in Oostende this April.”

Alan, who became a grandfather for the first time recently, will continue in his role as Chairman for the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) but will give up all playing and conducting duties.

 Speaking of his impending retirement, Alan commented: “It is now over 50 years since I walked into my first band room at Cargo Fleet Works Junior Band near Middlesbrough and since then I have always been involved regularly with a band whether it has been as a player or conductor. The time, however, has come to ‘hang up the boots’ and retire gracefully into the back ground. The last couple of years with the amazing Brighouse and Rastrick Band has been a fantastic experience and brings the curtain down on my playing career at the very highest level. The time is right to hand over the seat to a young gun that is the future and I wish all involved in this fantastic organisation every success. Although this is the end of my playing and conducting career, I will continue to adjudicate as and when invited to and look forward to a relaxed retirement that at last may allow me to improve my golf handicap!”

Ryan Watkins added: “All of the members of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band would like to thank Alan for his dedicated support as a fine soprano cornet player and also for his commitment in the band manager role. We would also like to wish him a long, relaxed retirement with his wife, daughters and his recently born grandchild.”

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band invites applicants to audition for the soprano cornet seat. You can confidentially apply by emailing secretary@brighouseandrastrick.com. The deadline for applications is 23 March, 2017.