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New Arrival
Posted Sunday, October 14, 2001 by yatia
Congratulations to recent signing David Dixon of the percussion team on the arrival of son Aidan on Thursday (weighing in at 9lbs 12oz - phew!).

Death of Cyril Howarth, OBE
Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2001 by yatia
Cyril Howarth, former player, band manager and chairman of Wiliams Fairey Band, died in hospital on Saturday, October 6, after a short illness. Cyril, who was aged 72, has been associated with Faireys for 40 years as player and administrator, winning many friends throughout the brass band world.

Cyril, who had been diagnosed as in need of a heart by-pass, was admitted to hospital in Oldham last week. He leaves his wife, Vera, and a son, Ian and daughter, Elaine.

Cyril, a fine baritone player in his youth, won the British Open championship with CWS (Manchester) Band in 1960 and then crossed the city to join Faireys, winning a hat-trick of Open titles in the following three years. He was employed by the company for many years until his early retirement in the 1990s and was a highly respected band manager for 15 years from 1981.

Back to work
Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2001 by yatia
The Band resumed rehearsals last night after their summer break. The band got straight to business rehearsing with Douglas Yeo and Nick Hudson for a joint CD recording later this week.

The band is pleased to welcome Carl Richardson back to the Bass section following his recovery from Leukemia and new signing Danny Maines to the Percussion section from the YBS Band.

Morning Performance
Posted Monday, June 25, 2001 by yatia
The Band will feature in "Morning Performance" on BBC Radio 3 (11:30am) on Friday 29th June. The programme investigates Britain's most skilled amateur bands and choirs, including performances from the Royal Northern College of Music's brass and wind festivals.

Friday's broadcast includes several pieces from the Band's appearance at the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Festival of Brass back in February, including Holst's "A Moorside Suite", Ireland's "A Comedy Overture", the Premier performance of Heaton's "The Golden Pen" and a breathtaking performance of Heaton's "Sinfonia Concertante" by guest soloist Martin Winter.

Apologies for not reminding everyone that highlights of the second half of the concert at Morley Town Hall was broadcast on "Listen to the Band" last Friday (22nd June).

Vote for Stonehouse!
Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2001 by yatia
Faireys ex-member Simon Stonehouse has made the final of the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year awards!

Simon was the Band's Flugel Horn player for 10 years and now teaches Music @ the Bramhall High School in Stockport. He is also the very successful conductor of the Mossley Band.

Please take a few moments to vote for Simon here or call on 09002 100123

New Appointment
Posted Monday, June 18, 2001 by yatia
The Williams Fairey Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Wyss as the band's resident conductor. Tom's appointment follows three months of trials with a number of candidates.

"He has a close association with the band's principal conductor, Howard Snell, and we are looking forward to going into the coming contest season with a settled team" - Band Manager Andy Gillooly.

Born in Switzerland, Thomas studied music at the Conservatoire of Bern and Fribourg. He was Swiss Tuba Champion on eight occasions and played with the Brass Band Berneroberland and the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland.

In 1986 Thomas moved to England to study at Huddersfield College where he gained the ARCM and LTCL (TD) Diplomas. He went on to study conducting, composition, arranging and band training for a further four years with Howard Snell. He was a playing member of the Britannia Building Society Band for over eight years and before that played with the Sellers Engineering Band.

Thomas has conducted most of Britain's top bands and he is in great demand as a guest conductor with bands on Continent. He is also in increasing demand as an adjudicator..

New Composition for the National Finals
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2001 by yatia
The test piece for the Boosey & Hawkes National Championship section final at the Royal Albert Hall on October 20 is to be a newly commissioned work, "Albion" by Jan van der Roost.

Check the "latest news" section of the Brass Band World website for more information.

All England Masters Contest
Posted Monday, May 28, 2001 by yatia
The Brighouse & Rastrick band snatch the 'Masters Treble from the Yorkshire Building Society Band by 1 point on yet another rainy day at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge. This was the Band's first early draw for a long time and were unable to find a way into the prizes.

The breakdown of the 3 adjudicators (in 3 separate adjudicator's boxes) results following the All England Masters Contest always makes for interesting reading and this year is no exception with what looks like a retread of the 1998 contest with YBS being pipped to the trophy by B&R even though they had 2 first placings!

2001 All England Masters
Corn Exchange, Cambridge, May 27th, 2001

Test Piece: Herbert Howells' Pageantry
Adjudicators: Dr Roy Newsome, James Scott & Geoffrey Whitham

Points are shown respectively for the adjuctcators above.

Place
Draw Band Conductor
Adjudicators
Agg.
RN
JS
GW
1
9
Brighouse & Rastrick A.Withington
3
3
2
8
2
21
YBS D.King
7
1
1
9
3
17
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery J.Hinckley
2
4
10
16
4
5
Fodens R.Evans
5
6
5
16
5
20
Flowers P.Harper
13
2
4
19
6
18
DUT Yorkshire Imeperial Rothwell D.Evans
1
10
9
20
7
15
Ever Ready B.Grant
8
9
6
23
8
13
NSK-RHP Ransomes R.Gray
4
12
8
24
9
2
Williams Fairey H.Snell
15
7
3
25
10
19
Besses o' th' Barn G.Pritchard
9
8
15
32
11
8
Rothwell Temperance D.Roberts
12
5
16
33
12
14
Bodmin Town S.Sykes
10
13
11
34
13
3
Leyland G.Cutt
6
14
18
38
14
16
First City J.Wise
11
15
12
38
15
4
Sellars A.Exley
14
11
14
39
16
10
Todmorden Old D.Hadfield
17
18
7
42
17
11
JAG Mount Charles B.Hurdley
16
19
13
48
18
1
Travelsphere Hols F.Renton
18
17
19
54
19
6
Aveley and Newham N.Taken
20
16
20
56
20
12
SWT Woodfalls Maj.P.Parkes
19
21
17
57
21
7
Rolls Royce Coventry D.Lea
21
20
21
62

Where bands had the same total points the higher position was awarded to that band that did better under James Scott.

Listen to the Band
Posted Friday, May 25, 2001 by yatia
The first half of last nights concert at Morley Town Hall makes up tonights broadcast of "Listen to the Band" on BBC Radio 2 (9:30pm). Included are some fine solo performances from Kevin Crockford (Soprano) and Nick Hudson (Trombone) and some classics in "Marriage of Figaro" and "Bolero".

The second half of the concert will be broadcast later in the summer.

BBC Radio 2 Music Live
Posted Friday, May 11, 2001 by yatia
The Band are playing at Morley Town Hall for a special edition of Listen to the Band as part of Radio 2's Music Live week. Conducted by Howard Snell, the concert will be recorded on Thursday 24th of May with the broadcast on Friday 25th May on Radio 2 (9:30pm).

Tickets can be obtained from the Morley Town Hall Booking Office on 0113 224 3801.

BBC Music Live

Faireys Forum
Posted Friday, May 11, 2001 by yatia
The Faireys Forum never really took off so I have taken the links to it off the website. It's great to see that the guestbook is as popular as ever though!

Fairey Tales
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2001 by yatia
The latest issue of Fairey Tales is now out. It includes reviews of the North West Area contest, CD Recordings, the Stockport Schools Masterclasses and a profile on Kevin Crockford (Soprano Cornet). There is also an Interview with the Band's new Principal Conductor Howard Snell. Members of the supporters club should receive their copy in the post shortly.

New Appointment
Posted Thursday, April 26, 2001 by yatia
The Williams Fairey Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Howard Snell as the band's Principal Conductor. After working together for the 'Festival of Brass' and the North West Regional contest, it was obvious to both parties that this very enjoyable partnership was working very well.

Both Howard and the band decided to put things on a more permanent footing. All are now looking forward to working on Herbert Howell's "Pageantry" for the All England Masters contest at Cambridge in May.

Congratulations
Posted Monday, April 23, 2001 by yatia
Several members of the Band performed at the Wedding of Keith Muggeridge prior to the Band's Easter break. Keith was the Band's Solo Baritone player from the Summer of 1995 to Christmas 1999 and notched up a few victories under his belt including the British Open in 1998.

Best Man Nigel Beasley (2nd Baritone) did not disappoint with his speech and ex-members Craig Bennett and Mark Peacock perfomed their MC and Usher duties with aplomb.

The Band wish Keith and Fiona all the best for the future and hope to see you again soon.

Personnel Changes
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2001 by yatia
After a period of deliberation, the move of Simon Gresswell to the band has proved short lived. Simon felt that he was unable to give the high level of commitment (the amount of travelling playing it's part) required by a band such as Faireys. The Band wish Simon well in all of his future ventures.

The Band are pleased to thank ex-member Phil Fox who has agreed to stand in for the forthcoming All England Masters Contest .

New Signing
Posted Friday, March 16, 2001 by yatia
The band is pleased to welcome Peter Shaw onto the Solo Cornet row! Peter, who has been the principal cornet with the BT band for some years now, replaces Philip Chalk who retires from banding due to work commitments.

Philip is currently working on some new and exciting website projects which we will be happy to announce here when they are launched. The Band wish you all the luck in the world for your future projects Phil!

Website Relaunch
Posted Thursday, March 15, 2001 by yatia
Welcome to the new look Williams Fairey Band website! It's been a few years since it had an overhaul and I've been promising it to the lads in the band for ages now, so here it is, the Williams Fairey Band website v.3!

Please leave your comments on the Guestbook, our new Forum! or old fashioned email!

North West Area Contest
Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2001 by yatia
Williams Fairey and Howard Snell are the 2001 North West Area Champions after giving the audience at the Winter Gardens Blackpool an absolutely stunning account of Philip Wilby's Jazz.

Special mentions go to all of the soloists who performed above and beyond the call of duty, especially to Steve Miles on Solo Euph who played a blinder!

Special mentions must also go to Steve Bastable and Howard Snell. Steve did a great job of preparing the Band prior to Howard's arrival and Howard steered the Band with aplomb through the pyrotechnics as well as bringing that extra bit of style needed for the pleasing middle movements of Jazz.

Position
Band Conductor
Drawn
Points
1
Williams Fairey H.Snell
8
194
2
Fodens Courtois J.Gourlay
5
192
3
Leyland G.Cutt
3
190
4
Freckleton P.Dalton
9
188
5
B.T. M.Fowles
4
186
6
Besses o'th'Barn G.Pritchard
6
185
7
Wingates B.Grant
2
184
8
Stalybridge D.Hirst
7
183
9
Ashton under Lyne M.Evans
1
182


The pleasure beach must have been doing a roaring trade on Sunday 11th March as there weren't as many listeners as usual. Let's have a few more of you next year and stay off the Big One!.

Award
Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2001 by yatia
This year's winners of the "Harry's" have been announced and this site has grabbed an award!

The annual internet awards previously known as the "Oscars", acknowledge the presence of brass bands on the Internet and have been renamed in celebration of Harry Mortimer.

The Williams Fairey Band website won the "Best Commercially Produced Band Website", having previously been a runner-up in this catagory.

The winners of each catagory are as follows:

Best Commercially Produced Band Website:
Best Non-Commercially Produced Band Website:
Best Commercial Use of a Brass Band Website:
Most Positive Contribution to Promotion of the Movement on the Internet:
Best Association Website:
Best Contribution to the Brass Band Mailing List:
Most Entertaining Brass Band Website:
Best Band Trade Website:


Thanks to all of you who voted for the website in the awards and congratulations to all of the other award winners.

Brian Grant
Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2001 by yatia
Brian Grant has resigned from his post as associate conductor with the Williams Fairey band. It was felt by both parties that Brian's increasing work commitments were making it difficult for him to commit himself fully to the band's busy schedule.

The Band would like to thank Brian for his hard work over the last 12 months and we wish him well with his future ventures..

Fairey Tales
Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2001 by yatia
Just a note for all of those who have contacted Band Manager Andy Gillooly and myself as to when the next issue is to be sent out. The issue has gone to print and should be distributed shortly.

Update!
Posted Saturday,February 3, 2001 by yatia
An update I hear you cry!.

Apologies to all for the lack of any updates over the last few months. To those that have contacted me asking to add links to their sites - do not worry! - they'll be up shortly.

I have been working on a new look for the Faireys site and it should be live mid February.

It's amazing how priorities change when you become a new Dad!

Congratulations...
Posted Saturday, February 3, 2001 by yatia
...to Nick Hudson and wife Emma on the birth of their baby boy, Sam..

...to Neil Hewson on his engagement to Hannah!.

...to Nick Hudson and Jimmy Leggat on their success in the annual Band Awards. Nick scooped the player of the year award and Jimmy won the Bandsman of the year award after a 2 year barren spell!

Personnel Changes
Posted Saturday, February 3, 2001 by yatia
The Band is pleased to announce the return of Martin Booth onto the back row. The Band also welcomes back Gareth Johnson and Geoff Harrop back to the bass section.

Brian Taylor is back on the Principal Cornet seat with Lee Rigg acting as Co-Principal. Lee played with conviction during his spell on the end chair and audiences will hear more of his fine solo playing during 2001! Thomas Osbourne replaces Brian on the Repiano seat and if anyone is confused by all this, take a look at the band personnel page!.

The Band is also pleased to welcome Steve Miles to the band on Solo Euphonium. Steve helped the Band out during the November and December of 2000 admirably and the Band look forward to more of his fine performances.

 

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