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Death of Mrs Mortimer

Mrs Margaret Mortimer, regarded universally as the First Lady of the brass band movement died in hospital on Friday evening, December 10th.

Mrs Mortimer the widow of the Legendary Harry, had undergone a heart valve transplant operation earlier in the day.

The news will be received with shock throughout the Brass Band Movement which had grown to admire her courage, graciousness and administrative ability. Since the death of her husband eight years ago, Mrs Mortimer had continued to organise with efficiency and great care the British Open Brass Band Championships and the qualifying Grand Shield Competition.

Newsflash posted to the Brass Band World website Monday 13th December


Exciting Times

There have been several changes to the line up of the Williams Fairey Band with the arrival of some new players and the band is currently firing on all cylinders during their Christmas concerts.

Nick Hudson (Solo Trombone), Bob Blackburn (Baritone) and Graham Williams (2nd Cornet) are the latest signings and are all settling in well.

Brian Grant has joined the Band as Associate Conductor and will take up his post in the new year, as will Andy Duncan, who has joined the Band as Associate Composer/Arranger.


National Finals Contest

A disappoining 5th place off a good draw was the outcome at the recent National Finals Contest. Fellow North West band Fodens (Courtois) took the title beating Hat Trick chasing Brighouse & Rastrick and Grand Slam Chasers YBS.

Having enjoyed rehearsing the piece, the performance on the day wasn't without it's blemishes and our congratulations go to Nicholas Childs and his fine band on their well deserved victory.

We shall have to see if we can beat them @ Football then...(Get the lads in shape Jimmy!)

1999 National Finals Contest
Royal Albert Hall, London, October 16th, 1999

Test Piece: Derek Bourgeois' Concerto for Band No.1
Adjudicators: David Read, William Relton and Goff Richards

Position Band Conductor
Drawn
Points
1
Fodens (Courtois) Nicholas Childs
5
197
2
Brighouse & Rastrick Allan Withington
13
196
3
Tredegar Thomas Wyss
11
195
4
NSK RHP Ransome Brian Grant
20
194
5
Williams Fairey James Gourlay
14
193
6
Rothwell Temperance David Roberts
17
192


Latest CD is released

In The Red
A Musical by Michael Brand and Ian Chippendale
Conducted by - Geoffrey Brand

The Williams Fairey Band leapt at the opportunity of recording of Michael Brand's "In the Red", a musical adapted from "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell. As with the "Acid Brass" project, the Band are delighted to be part of this first ever Stage Musical Score written for Brass Band.

New audiences perhaps? Faireys @ the West End?

For more information on "In the Red" please visit their website



5000 hits!

September 14th 1999 saw the hit counter pass the 5000 mark.


British Open Contest

Faireys had to be content with 3rd place in this years British Open contest on Saturday September 11th. The contest was won by the Yorkshire Building Society Band who seem to be emulating Manchester United in winning any trophy available and our congratulations go to them on their current Purple Patch.

Faireys performance was marked by some fantastic individual performances, notably Kevin Crockford (Soprano), Sandy Smith (Solo Horn) and David Thornton (Euphonium). The Trombone section also deserve a special mention for their solo and section performances.

1999 British Open Contest
Birmingham Symphony Hall, September 11th, 1999

Test Piece: Philip Wilby's ..Dove Descending
Adjudicators: Michael Ball, David Read & Ken Smith

Position
Band Conductor
Drawn
1
Yorkshire Building Society David King
16
2
Black Dyke Band James Watson
22
3
Williams Fairey James Gourlay
12
4
Brighouse & Rastric Allan Withington
14
5
Fodens Courtois Nick Childs
4
6
Cory (Buy as you view) Jeremy Wise
10


Management Changes

Due to extended work commitments, John Cresswell is passing on the day to day management of the Williams Fairey Band to Andy Gillooly. In his new role as Band Manager, Andy will manage the Band's promotional activities and be the point of contact for all concert and contest promoters. Andy can be contacted on 0161 432 0281 during office hours, or on Mobile number 07974 935123.

John will continue to manage the excellent relationship with the Band's sponsor Williams Plc.,as well as developing overseas projects for the current British Open Champions.

Welcome to...

Gary Proctor (BBb Bass) who rejoins the Band from JJB Sports Leyland. His player profile will be added to personnel section of the website shortly.


There haven't been many changes to the website recently due to my moving House, though that will change shortly. I have redesigned most of the site and will be uploading it shortly, if anyone has any suggestions for the site please mail them to suggestions@williamsfaireyband.co.uk

Congratulations to...

2nd Cornet Mark Peacock and Alison also ex Flugel Horn Simon Stonehouse and Helen who were married during the Summer break.

Farewell to...

Gareth "Tiny" Johnson (BBb Bass) who after 5 years with Faireys has announced his retirement from playing. Tiny will be concentrating on his work commitments, which include coaching the school Rugby team. During Term time Tiny will be spending most of his Saturdays barking instructions from the touchline. No more endless coach journeys Tiny!

Keith Muggeridge (Solo Baritone) who after 4 years with Faireys has also announced his retirement from Faireys. Keith will be moving back down South to take up a new teaching post. Whether Keith joins a local band and carries on playing remains to be seen. Keith will now be able to spend more time with Fiona and not risk life and limb speeding up and down the motorway every Weekend!

Both Tiny and Keith will be sorely missed and the Williams Fairey Band wish them all the best for the future.

4000 hits!

Sometime in June/July saw the hit counter pass the 4000 mark.
I shall keep my eyes out for 5000!


3000 hits!

May 21st 1999 saw the hit counter pass the 3000 mark.


Guest Conductor and new signings

Faireys will be conducted by Garry Cutt, the popular conductor of both the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and The Marple Band at Fleetwood on Sunday 25th of April. The concert also marks the first concert of new signings Kevin Crockford on Soprano and Lee Rigg on Repiano. Both have joined from the Black Dyke Band and their player profiles will be appearing shortly.


2000 hits!

April 7th 1999 saw the hit counter pass the 2000 mark.


Guest Conductor

Faireys will be conducted by Ex Bass Trombone player James Cant at the concert in Uppermill Town Hall on Saturday 27th March. James retired from the band at the end of 1998 and this is his first outing with the Band as guest conductor.


North West Area Contest

Faireys had to be content with 4th place in the closely fought North West Area contest on Sunday March 14th. The new signings listed below all put in good performances and it bodes well for the rest of the contest season.

1999 North West Regional Area Contest
Winter Gardens Blackpool, March 14th, 1999

Test Piece: Derek Bourgeois' Blitz
Adjudicator: Goff Richards

Position
Band Conductor
Drawn
Points
1
Foden (Courtois) Nicholas Childs
9
196
2
JJB Sports Leyland Richard Evans
3
195
3
Marple Garry Cutt
8
194
4
Williams Fairey James Gourlay
4
193
5
Besses o'th' Barn Derek Broadbent
10
191
6
Wingates Christopher Wormold
2
190


New Members...

There have been several new signings for the Band since the Christmas break, all have which have performed admirably on Concerts, especially at the RNCM Festival of Brass in which the program included John McCabe's "Salamander", Philip Wilby's "Revelation" and Holst's "The Moorside Suite".

The new signings are John Doyle (Soprano), Owen Farr (1st Tenor Horn), Owen Bourne (Solo Trombone) and Gareth Beckwith (Bass Trombone). More detailed player profiles will be added to personnel section of the website shortly.


The first 1000 hits!

February 1st 1999 saw the hit counter pass the 1000 mark. The first of many!


Farewell to...

to Simon Jones (1st Tenor Horn) who after 4 years has announced his retirement from the Band. Simon has been one of the Band's most dedicated members, having to make his way from Nottingham to Stockport (a nightmare on Contest Weeks!) to rehearsals. How Simon never bagged a Bandsman of the Year award during his time with the Band and I for one will never know the reason why. As well as his dedication to the Band, he was also a fantastic player. If Sandy (Solo Horn) was unavailable for a job, then it was just a case of Simon taking the Solo chair and getting on with the Job in hand - performing admirably on every occasion.

Simon was also one of a select few in the Band that are on the Internet (numbers are steadily rising though) and his help in the creation of this website was invaluable.

The Band wish Simon well in everything that he does and hopes that he'll keep in touch, we'll give you a bell if Sandy's unavailable ;-)

Ian


A New Addition to the Legendary Peacock Clan!

Having just come back from my Skiing Holiday, it is superb news to hear that Percussionist Stuart Peacock has become a Father! Baby Joseph has yet to decide if he's to follow in his fathers footsteps and become a percussionist or follow Grandfather Ray and Uncle Mark on Cornet. Congratulations and all our best wishes to Stuart and Louise

Ian


Congratulations...

to Bandsman of the Year Gary Parker, who gets Married to Fiancee Alison on Tuesday 29th December. Everyone at Faireys wish them both all the best for the future.


End of Year Round Up

The band has now completed it's hectic schedule of concerts, appearances and rehearsals for 1998 and it's time to say "Well Done" to some and a "Fond Farewell" to others.

Well Done...

to David Thornton (Solo Euphonium) on being voted Player of the Year by the other members of the Band. David has put in some fantastic performances both on the concert and contest stages. He continues to be a fine ambassador for the Brass Band Movement in his numerous Solo Appearances in the UK as well as the rest of the World.

to Gary Parker (Solo Cornet) on being voted Bandsman of the Year, again by the other members of the Band. Gary has been in the frame for this award over the last few years and is the first player to break James Leggat's reign as Bandsman of the Year. Gary is an invaluable member of the Williams Fairey Band, both as a player and behind the scenes as well. He can be justifiably proud of this award.

Farewell to...

to James Cant (Bass Trombone) who after 17 years with Faireys has announced his retirement from the Band to persue his blossoming Conducting career with the Glossop Band.

to Simon Stonhouse (Flugel Horn) who after 11 years has also announced his retirement from the Band. Simon has been an invaluable member of the Band, putting in some memorable Solo performances on the concert and contest stages, as well as stylish performances in the recording studio. Simon has no plans to play with another band and is taking a well earned break from playing. He has also requested that his Contest Registration Card remain with the Williams Fairey Band.

Both James and Simon will be sorely missed and the Williams Fairey Band wish them all the best for the future.


The Williams Fairey Band Message Board is now Operational

Please leave any comments that you wish to make about the site and read what other visitors have to say.

Christmas Concerts

Stockport Town Hall -Friday 11th December (7:45 pm)
The Platform, Morecambe -Saturday 12th December (7:30pm)

For more information on these seasonal concerts then please contact Faireys for ticket availabilty.

Latest CD is released

The Essential Steven Mead
Steven Mead - Euphonium
Conducted by - Howard Snell

Teamed together a great Euphonium Soloist, a great band and a great conductor and the result has to be something special. This CD presents an autobiography of Steven's work, featuring old favourites alongside three stunning first recordings of music by Wilfred Heaton, Howard Snell and Max Bruch.


Contest Double Dream pipped by Yorkshire Duo


Faireys had to be content with 3rd place at the National Finals after being beaten to the Winning post by runners up the Yorkshire Building Society Band and the Brighouse and Rastrick band who retained the National title.

1998 Boosey & Hawkes National Championships
Royal Albert Hall, October 17th, 1998

Test Piece: Philip Sparke's Between the Moon and Mexico
Adjudicators: William Relton, Roy Roe and David Read

Position
Band Conductor
Drawn
Points
1
Brighouse & Rastrick Allan Withington
14
197
2
Yorkshire Building Society David King
7
196
3
Williams Fairey James Gourlay
16
195
4
Foden (Courtois) Nicholas Childs
20
194
5
Black Dyke James Watson
11
193
6
Just Rentals Cory Jeremy Wise
17
192
7
CWS (Glasgow) Howard Snell
18
191
8
JJB Sport Leyland Richard Evans
4
190
9
Camborne Town Leonard Adams
1
189
10
EYMS John Roberts
5
186
11
Marple Garry Cutt
3
185
12
Kirkintilloch Frank Renton
6
184
13
Whitburn Peter Parkes
10
183
14
Staffordshire Building Society Andy Culshaw
2
182
15
Desford Colliery Frank Renton
19
180
16
SWT Woodfalls Steve Sykes
8
178
17
British Steel (Teeside) Graham O'Connor
13
177
18
Aveley & Newham Nigel Taken
15
176
19
BTM Alan Morrison
9
175
20
Redbridge Brass Melvin White
12
174


Rodney Newton


Rodney Newton, Faireys Light Music Co-ordinator is recovering from a Stroke which occured whilst preparing the Sellers International Band for the Spennymoor Brass In Concert Entertainment contest. Rodney was with the band just 3 days before, at their concert in Barrow and was in high spirits as ever. Both James Gourlay and John Cresswell have visited Rodney and can report that high sprirts are still the order of the day as Rodney recovers.

See you soon Rodney


Latest CD is released


Faireys first recording on the Egon label is now available. Heralds of Victory is a collection of pieces from the Salvation Army American Band Journal. The recording was conducted by both James Gourlay and James Williams who, for the last 37 years has been the Bandmaster of the Salvation Army International Staff Band.


Williams Fairey are the new British Open Champions!


1998 - British Open Championships
Birmingham Symphony Hall, September 9th 1998.

Test Piece: George Lloyd�s Diversions on a Bass Theme
Adjudicators: Bram Gay, John Iveson and William Relton

Result
Band Conductor
Played
Points
1
Williams Fairey James Gourlay
16
198
2
Fodens Courtois Nicholas Childs
18
197
3
Brighouse and Rastrick Allan Withington
15
196
4
Grimethorpe Colliery Peter Parkes
17
195
5
Marple Garry Cutt
4
194
6
JJB Sports Leyland Richard Evans
5
193
7
Tredegar James Scott
11
 
8
Black Dyke James Watson
7
 
9
BT Graham O'Connor
10
 
10
Yorkshire Building Society David King
8
 
11
NSK RHP Ransome Brian Grant
21
 
12
CWS (Glasgow) Howard Snell
20
 
13
Just Rentals Cory Jeremy Wise
19
 
14
Flowers Bryan Hurdley
12
 
15
Wingates Christopher Wormald
9
 
16
Desford Colliery Frank Renton
2
 
17
Besses o'th'Barn Derek Broadbent
13
 
18
Sellers International Alan Morrison
14
 
19
Rothwell Simon Wood
6
 
20
Whitburn Archie Hutchison
3
 
21
GUS Melvin White
1
 

 

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