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Monday 22 June, 2020

The Fairey Band has welcomed Tom Smith as its new principal cornet player as it continues its period of rebuilding.

A student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Tom joins the band after gaining experience with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and more recently, as principal cornet with Pemberton Old. Tom has also been keeping busy over the past few months continuing to make music during lockdown in a series of recordings on YouTube and social media.

Following in the footsteps of players that include Norman Ashcroft, Phillip McCann, Brian Taylor and Ian Porthouse, Tom will take up the position when current restrictions are lifted. He commented: “I am very excited to be starting my next chapter as a principal player with The Fairey Band. With some other new appointments, it also looks to be a very exciting time for the band, which I am looking forward to being a part of once back in the band room.”

Adam Cooke, musical director, said: “I’m delighted that Tom will be joining The Fairey Band and I look forward to working with him once we can get back to rehearsing. His growing reputation as a top-class soloist, as well as his forward-thinking approach to reaching new audiences online over the past few months, make him the ideal candidate to join us.”