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New conducting team at Easington

Sunday 2 February, 2020

Easington Colliery Band has appointed Ray Farr and Daniel Brooks as its conducting team for the upcoming contest season.

Daniel will again lead the charge for Royal Albert Hall qualification at the North of England Championships at Durham in March and Ray has accepted the invitation to lead Easington in its quest for promotion from the Senior Trophy at the Spring Festival in Blackpool in May.

Daniel is aiming to better the fourth place gained at last year’s Regional Championships and said: “Easington has improved so much over the past 18 months and A Tale as Yet Untold really suits the players and our soloists, in particular.

“I’m really excited for this contest because if we get it right, a top two spot is not out of the question.”

The band is eagerly anticipating working with Ray Farr once again as it has been 11 years since his previous appearance with Easington at the same contest back in 2009, performing Spectrum. The band is hoping Ray will bring his wealth of experience and musical knowledge to produce an inspiring performance of Cyril Jenkins' Life Divine at the Winter Gardens later in the year.

Easington has also strengthened its playing line-up with the additions of Sean Moran (euphonium), Hayley O’Connelley (trombone), Tom Lampard (bass), Steven Moore and Michael Mather (percussionists).