University of Salford Brass Band to conduct first concert of the new season

Tuesday 27 October 2015

The University of Salford’s Brass Band will be holding its first concert of the new season tomorrow at 1pm in Peel Hall, Salford.

The band will perform a wide range of music from well-known musicians including; Edward Gregson, Goff Richards, and award-winning British conductor Dr Roy Newsome, who formed the band in the early 1970’s.

Dr Newsome, who founded the first British course in band musicianship at the University of Salford, played an integral part in the band’s early development as its conductor. This came at a time when the Musical Arts programme, which many band members are a part of, was also experiencing great success having gained BA Honour status – the first of its kind in Europe.

When Dr Newsome retired, the position of band conductor was handed over to Professor David King who, over many years, masterfully steered the ensemble in many exciting and diverse directions to maintain its remarkable high standard, before Dr Howard Evans replaced him in 2006 to carry on his hard work.

Now in the hands of newly appointed duo Paul Holland and Tom Davoren, the latter of whom will be conducting the band tomorrow, the University Brass Band has become a major force in the academic world and has performed in many European countries.

The band covers all aspects of band music from early styles through to modern and avant-garde music and has given world premieres of many specially commissioned works.

Dr Brett Baker Baker, Programme Leader for Music at the University of Salford, said “I am really excited for this concert as it will give our students the chance to celebrate and perform some of the exceptional pieces of music written by Edward Gregson, and Roy Newsome and Goff Richards, who both taught at Salford.

“The band continues to grow from strength-to-strength and it mirrors the success of our Musical Arts programme which, over 40 years, has seen its students go to every corner of the globe – notably Norway, Australia and Japan, as teachers, performers, composers and conductors.”

See below the programme details of tomorrow’s event:

  • Olympiada – Sam Hazo arr. Jonathan Bates
  • Fear Not (cornet solo) – Paul Swartz arr. P Holland
  • Of Men and Mountains – Edward Gregson
  • Cadillac of the Skies – John Williams arr. Jonathan Bates
  • Armenian Fire Dance – Goff Richards
  • Journey – Jacob Ashworth and Dave Collins
  • The Witch of the Westmerlands Arr. Phillip Harper
  • Neapolitan Scenes – Roy Newsome

Admission is free.