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Paul Holland departs from Flowers

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Paul Holland has announced that his eight-year tenure as Musical Director of Flowers Band will end on 22 April.

In a statement, Paul Holland commented: "After exactly eight years of great music-making I have taken the decision to resign from the Flowers Band as Musical Director. When I joined in April 2009 I wanted to put the Flowers name on the brass band map, capable of competing with the very best bands in the world and to raise the standard of playing above anything it had achieved in the past. Looking back I am extremely proud of what we achieved together over that time."


He continued: "On the contest stage we had victories at the Grand Shield, two French Open titles, a hat trick of Yeovil wins, five Butlins Mineworkers titles, six 'Area' titles in addition to a highest ever placing at Brass in Concert, the National Championships of Great Britain and the British Open. On the concert stage there have also been many unforgettable moments with new music commissions and world-class soloists being a hallmark to many of our performances. In short, every engagement has been a pleasure to conduct.

"Like all organisations, Flowers has gone through many cycles of change over the past eight years; personnel changes and my own ambitions and expectations have also changed from year to year. I am sorry to say that the committee and I cannot agree on several matters moving forward and I have tendered my resignation. My last engagement will be a concert in Pershore Abbey on 22 April organised by the Rotary Club of Worcester and Wychavon. I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the members of the band, past and present, for their hard work, commitment, friendship and music-making. I leave with lifelong memories of great banding and an immeasurable sense of pride.