facebook twitter rss vimeo

*
banner

Yamaha Neo Ensemble to make Butlins debut

The Neo Brass Ensemble will make its concert debut at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness in January.

yAMAHA nEO

 

Yamaha have marked the completion of their ‘Neo’ brass range of instruments by forming the Neo Brass Ensemble.

The group, comprising nine top musicians selected from throughout Europe, will be led by long-standing Yamaha cornet artist Russell Gray.

Debut

The Neo Brass Ensemble will make their debut at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival to be held in Skegness from January 16th–18th.

The debut performance is seen as celebrating a major milestone for Yamaha, as it becomes the only manufacturer able to fully equip a brass band by providing a complete range—at the highest level—of both brass and percussion instruments.

Very pleased

Yamaha's Stephen Adcock told 4BR: “We are very pleased that Yamaha has achieved the position of becoming the only company that can offer the full range of instruments for an entire brass band—from the most professional artists to aspiring beginners, where it all starts.

We are committed to developing our Neo range and have invested in ensuring that our instruments meet the demanding standards at the top level.

We’re looking forward to showcasing the Neo Brass Ensemble at the Festival in January and we hope this debut performance will be the first of many throughout Europe.”

We’re looking forward to showcasing the Neo Brass Ensemble at the Festival in January and we hope this debut performance will be the first of many throughout EuropeYamaha's Stephen Adcock

International mix

Russell Gray has provided valuable advice to Yamaha in developing the Neo Cornet, and many other Neo ensemble members have contributed to the design of the entire range. The group represents a truly international mix, with a passion to help develop the best possible brass instruments.

The Neo line up is as follows:

Russell Gray — Musical Director & Cornet (UK)
Stanley Westh — Cornet (Denmark)
George Thackray — Tenor Horn (UK)
Margaret Antrobus — Baritone (Norway)
Steve Walsh — Euphonium (UK)
Armin Bachmann — Trombone (Switzerland)
Eirik Gjerdevik — EEb Bass (Norway)
Simon Gresswell — BBb Bass (UK)
Craig Farr — Percussion (Norway)



Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Clackmannan

Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Sage

Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


hands

Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.


Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH


Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd


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


Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.


Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist