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Sixteen times British Open Champions and Eight times winners of the title "National Champion Band of Great Britain", are just a few of the successes of the Williams Fairey Band. Past winners of the BBC's "Best of Brass" and twice holders of the "Granada Band of the Year" title add further touches of distinction. The band is also proud of its successes at the annual Whit Friday March Contests, obtaining in 1987, a record of 10 first prizes, two seconds and a third prize out of 13 contests attended. All this and more makes up the pedigree of what is undoubtedly one of the world's leading brass bands. In 1993, the band won both the National and British Open titles, and completed a unique "treble" by adding the 1994 European Championship to their list of honours.

The band is in constant demand for concerts both at home and abroad and, apart from their regular appearances throughout the British Isles, they make regular trips abroad. Previous tours include Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. It also makes frequent appearances on radio and television and has produced many commercial recordings.

Since its formation the band has had an illustrious line-up of conductors, including Harry Mortimer, Leonard Lamb, Kenneth Dennison, Richard Evans, Walter Hargreaves, Geoffrey Brand, Roy Newsome, Major Peter Parkes, James Gourlay, Howard Snell and currently, Allan Withington.

Founded in 1937 from a group of employees, the Fairey Aviation Works Band, from its early days, achieved many musical successes under the brilliant direction of Harry Mortimer, CBE, who was Musical Director for thirty three years and maintained close links for most of the Band's history.

For the past few years, the Band has achieved recognition outside the confines of the Brass Band movement with its involvement in the "Acid Brass" project. Under this banner the Band has played in rock/pop festivals, both at home and abroad, and recorded a single with the group KLF.

The band has always maintained a base at Heaton Chapel, Stockport, and throughout the years the management of the Company has given the band its full support. The band is proud to be sponsored by Kidde PLC who continue with this tradition.

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