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New blood at Fairey

Thursday 10 August, 2017

Fairey Band has announced two new signings as it looks ahead to the second half of the 2017 contesting season. Former Kirkintilloch player and current Scottish Open Solo Champion Rachel Neil is moving from Glasgow to Manchester to undertake a Masters in Performing at the Royal Northern College of Music and has accepted the solo horn position. 


Meanwhile, Sacheus Pritchard joins the front row cornet team. A member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, he is studying zoology at Bangor University and has played soprano cornet for Menai Bridge and more latterly Llanrug.


Fairey Musical Director Garry Cutt commented: “I first met Rachel whilst working with Kirkintilloch a couple of years ago. She was instantly one of those players that made a lasting impression because of her natural musicality and quality sound. Rachel was the first choice as soon as I heard she would be relocating to Manchester.”


Garry added: “Sacheus was highly recommended by our former principal cornet Paul Hughes. Sacheus is a dedicated bandsman and an emerging young talent which I know the Fairey Band will nurture.”