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Friday 31 December, 2021

The end of the year will soon mark the end of an era for conductor Derek Renshaw, who has decided to step down from full-time work with the baton.

In a conducting career spanning more than 30 years, Derek has led bands to podium places at a wide range of competitions, including three Yorkshire Regional First Section titles, two National titles with Unite the Union Band, a second place in the Championship Section in Yorkshire, qualifying for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in the process, and a Yorkshire Regional Second Section win and National title with Stannington Band.

Although Derek will be standing down as MD with Stannington, he is to remain with the band as a player and looks forward to working with whoever will be appointed as his successor. His last official engagement is due to be in January at the Butlin’s Open Brass Band Festival. He will still be available help other bands and undertake adjudication duties.

Phil Attrill, chairman of Stannington Brass Band, commented: “Stannington Brass Band wants to express its huge thanks to Derek for all the success he has brought the band over many years.

“The band achieved its best accolades under his direction, achieving the Yorkshire Regional Second Section and National Finals double in 2016, qualifying for the First Section National Finals and securing promotion to the Championship in previous years. None of this could have been achieved without Derek's commitment and dedication to the band. We are thrilled Derek is staying with the band as a playing member, and will bring invaluable quality to the cornet section.

Derek began playing the cornet at the age of 10 and has performed with many brass bands including City of Sheffield Youth, Yorkshire Youth, Sheffield Recreation, Quaker Sutherland, Andrews Heat for Hire, Grimethorpe Colliery, Rockingham Colliery, Yorkshire Imperial Metals and Black Dyke.

In more recent years, Derek joined the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) presiding over competitions including The Manx Musical Festival, The Midlands Regional Competition and the South of England Championships.

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