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New soprano at Friary Guildford Band

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Friary Guildford Band has announced that top soprano cornet player, Martin Britt, has joined the band. Martin has long been regarded as one of the banding world’s finest soprano players. Having studied trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music with James Watson and David Staff, he has played Star Wars with John Williams, Baba O’Riley with Roger Daltrey, Prospero’s Books with Michael Nyman and Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with Christopher Hogwood. Martin is now a brass band player in the true sense with a day job, but performing at the highest level in his free time.

As a regular guest soprano player with some of the world’s best brass bands, he has won the European Championships, New Zealand Nationals, the Australian Nationals, the All-England Masters, the National Eisteddfod and the German Nationals.

Band Chairman Nigel Stevens commented: “We are absolutely thrilled with the arrival of Martin to fill our soprano seat, and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship. I would also like to express the Band’s gratitude to Simon Tong who has covered the seat for several years pending a permanent appointment and made a significant contribution to the Band’s success.”