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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.