University of Salford Brass Band
This inaugural concert by the 2013-14 University of Salford Brass Band sees the return of experienced second and third year students, introducing our new undergraduate students to the forthcoming academic year’s performance programme.
On this important occasion, we are delighted to welcome world renowned musician Dr Nicholas Childs as a special guest conductor. The programme will include an exciting mix of classical brass band transcriptions and original works. Most importantly the performance will also include the bands premiere performance of ‘Newsome Variations’ by Darrol Barry, written in memory of Dr Roy Newsome.
To complete the occasion, we are extremely honoured to have in the audience as our special guest, Muriel Newsome.
Dr Nicholas Childs DMA, MA FLCM, ARCM (Hons)
Heralded as a leading figure in the worldwide brass community, Dr Nicholas Childs (DMA-Conducting, University of Salford) has rightfully achieved the highest international reputation as a performer, teacher-clinician, conductor, interpreter and advocate of new music, and producer of pacesetting recordings. Initial success came as a euphonium soloist and partner with his talented brother, Dr Robert Childs, who together have literally toured the world as The Childs Brothers, performing in many of the world's most famous concert halls with the most prestigious bands and orchestras.
Taking up the baton as a brass band conductor, Nicholas has had phenomenal success with many brass bands, including highly acclaimed regional and national championships. His current tenure as Principal Conductor and Music Director of the famous Black Dyke Band has been marked with significant contest success, as well as a series of innovative concerts, world premieres, and recordings of major works for brass band with a variety of soloists and musical combinations. He continues his advocacy of new music within the outstanding catalogue of brass and wind band recordings he has recorded and produced in his award-winning firm, Doyen Recordings.