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Russell Gray sends festive good wishes

Russell Gray, currently down under, sends his festive good wishes as he settles into a quiet Christmas

Russell Gray


Russell Gray, currently down, under sends his festive wishes as he settles into a quiet Christmas and a then looks forward to a busy schedule for the New Year.

His restful Christmas period doesn't last long as on New Years Eve he will be the guest soloist and guest conductor with the Queensland 'Pops' Orchestra during their New Year Concert at the Queensland Performing Art Centre.

December 2006 saw him make his Orchestral debut as a conductor when, on December 2nd, with the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra he conducted a program of Scandinavian Music including Sibelius 2nd Symphony.

Following this success he has been rebooked for a concert in their 2007 schedule and also booked for a concert with the Cambrian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008.

On the 6th of January his playing skills will be on display when he appears as Guest soloist in the Brisbane City Hall for a New Years benefit concert raising awareness for road safety in Queensland before taking up the baton on the Queensland Youth Band's annual course.

It will not be long before he flies back to the UK landing on the 17th of January in time for a quick trip to Norway and then to prepare Leyland for the Festival of brass concert at the RNCM on Sunday the 28th in the afternoon.


Stars Signal intent at Cosford Open Day

November 24 • Ian Porthouse, Katrina Marzella, Richard Marshall, Nick Hudson, Simon Gresswell and Helen Varley will be leading an Open Day alongside The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at RAF Cosford next week — and you can be there!


International flavour to the Scottish Open in Perth

November 24 • There is a cross border, cross ocean feel to the Scottish Open Championship in Perth this weekend.

Swiss flag

Swiss contenders ready to seek Eden in Montreux

November 24 • 67 bands will compete for the various Swiss National titles in Montreux this weekend, with the best seeking a trip to Utrecht by creating their perfect Eden.


A4 look to invigorate quartet writing with new initiative

November 24 • The A4 Brass Quartet is hoping a new composer competition will help reinvigorate the art of brass ensemble writing...

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN

Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ

Olney Brass

November 23 • 2nd Trombones, look no further. We are looking for a 2nd trombone to join our band. We are an ambitious 3rd section band with a new MD, winning the ODBBA winter contest 2017. Any other instruments, we would be interested to talk, please get in touch.

The Corsham Band

November 23 • With promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking to fill a couple of vacancies. One back row cornet (2nd or 3rd) plus an EEb Bass.

Thoresby Colliery Band

November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced Percussionist to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.

Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist