Gearing up for the big occasion

Issue 5957

BB looks forward to major band events at Birmingham and Cheltenham

High-profile responses open up collaboration debate

Getting the university band back together!

Black Dyke reveals new faces

Sunday 16 July, 2017

Black Dyke has welcomed some new faces into the Queensbury-based band. On repiano cornet is the young and extremely talented 17-year-old Adam Neild, a past principal cornet of the National Children’s Band, a member of the Junior School at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and Blue Coat School Oldham.

The experienced Alison Childs moves to 1st horn and Sammy Latus joins on 2nd horn. A former student at the RNCM and member of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and ,latterly, Eccles Borough, Sammy now works as a peripatetic brass teacher for Oldham Music Services.

Following the departure of Benjamin Richeton, taking over on Soprano is Martin Irwin. Martin is currently assistant principal cornet to Richard Marshall and is no stranger to the soprano chair, having held the same position with distinction at Brighouse and Rastrick, winning the Best Soloist Award at the British Open in 1998.

Black Dyke’s Music Director Professor Nicholas Childs commented: "It's exciting to welcome this new group of players, particularly with a nice blend of youth and experience, which helps to keep the ambition strong as we approach the contest season and our Japan Tour."