facebook twitter rss vimeo


Miles to move to warmer climes

Former Brighouse euph star set to make next long haul move in career.



After nearly six years at the at the helm, Steve Miles has stepped down as MD of New Zealand’s St Kilda Brass.

New pastures

The former Brighousee & Rastrick euphonium star has also stepped down from his position as Director of the Southern Brass Academy as he seeks out new pastures overseas.

He told 4BR: "The time I have spent in Dunedin has been extremely rewarding and quite special. I have been welcomed into this beautiful city by an incredibly warm and hospitable group of people that have become an extended family to me."

Steve added: "I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of both St Kilda and Southern Brass Academy who have been my primary employers. The development of St Kilda’s concert series has been an area of significant importance for me. It has given me an opportunity to develop artistic skills, focusing on creative collaborations and also promote and develop my own arranging skills."

New generation

Whilst the band has been busy on the concert platform, Steve has played an integral part with the Southern Brass Academy in educating a new generation of young brass players.

He added: "I’m delighted to see players from the SBA gaining places in this year’s National Youth Brass Band. It is an important opportunity for them to learn a great deal and be involved in a higher level of music making."

I will always have a strong affiliation with the city and I will keep a keen eye on Dunedin and especially St Kilda Brass whom I wish all the very best for their future endeavoursSteve Miles


Steve leaves New Zealand with wife Gina to start a new musical chapter — taking up a teaching post at Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda.

Steve is understandably excited at the prospect: "Both Gina and I are both very excited about starting our new life in Bermuda. It has been incredibly difficult leaving Dunedin, where we have a vast network of close friends and family. The support they have given us in making this decision has been fantastic."

Strong affiliation

He closed by saying: "I will always have a strong affiliation with the city and I will keep a keen eye on Dunedin and especially St Kilda Brass whom I wish all the very best for their future endeavours."

Steve will spend a few weeks of rest and recuperation in the UK over the Christmas period before he heads out to Bermuda at the start of 2011.


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

Harrogate Band

November 24 • Join our team - Harrogate band! We are looking for committed front and back row cornet players who are looking for a new challenge to join our thriving, dynamic, fun and exciting 1st Section band. Our cornet section are a friendly bunch!

Strata Brass

November 24 • Bb BASS. The band are currently preparing for Butlins/Area Contests (1st Section). MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland)

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.

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor