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Kevin Wadsworth

Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)

Kevin Wadsworth

Contact details

Nook Cottage, 15, Thirstin Rd, Honley, Holmfirth, West Yorks. HD9 6JG

  kevinwadsworth07@gmail.com
  
  07836 511357


More about Kevin

Kevin started his playing career on cornet at the age of 6, retired at 7, came out of retirement at 8 and is probably best known for his time as Principal Tenor Horn player for the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band, joining them at the age of 14, becoming its youngest ever player, and in the intervening years secured his reputation as one of the finest horn players of his generation.

Kevin was accepted into the National Youth Brass Band at the age of 12, and was the first recipient of the Pye Records award for the outstanding soloist within that band. He attended King Alfred's College, Winchester from 1970-73 during which time he was a founder member of the City of London Band, and the only member who was not a music student at one of the various London schools of music.

His contest achievements as a player include 7 National Championships and 6 British Open Championships. His final 'National' victory, still playing solo horn, with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, coming 35 years after his first—testament to his enduring excellence as a performer at the highest level of banding.

He has played with such eminent musicians as Andre Previn, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Edward Heath, and has also conducted world famous performers such as Nigel Kennedy and Julian Lloyd Webber. He was principal horn with Kings of Brass throughout their ten year existence and co-presented BBC Radio's G.M.R. Brass for five years.

He has tutored international music schools in UK, Norway and Switzerland whilst his conducting career has proved to be highly successful both in the UK and abroad with numerous contest successes to his name with leading bands.

An executive member & Vice Chairman of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, his adjudication work includes numerous solo and band competitions, with many years at the famous Whit Friday March contests in UK, Pontins, Butlins, Wilkinsons Championships, Brass Factor, Brass in Concert, the Scottish Open Championships, BBL Northern Ireland Championships, UK Regional and National Championship Finals, Swiss & British Solo Championships, English National Championships.

Kevin has also contributed to the Black Dyke Heritage Lottery Fund project:

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Black Dyke Band - Batley Town Hall

Thursday 27 September • Market Place, Batley WF17 5DA


Regent Hall Concerts - Band of the Grenadier Guards Clarinet Ensemble

Friday 28 September • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


South London Fellowship Band -

Friday 28 September • The Salvation Army. Blackpool Citadel. Raikes Parade. Blackpool FY1 4EL


South London Fellowship Band -

Saturday 29 September • The Salvation Army. Carlisle Citadel. Abbey Street. Carlisle CA3 8TX


Sherborne Town Band - Sherborne Youth Band & Community Choir

Saturday 29 September • Digby Hall, Sherborne, DORSET. DT93AA


Mactaggart Scott Loanhead Band

September 25 • Mactaggart Scott Loanhead Band are a newly demoted fourth section band looking to bounce back to the third section. We are a friendly band with a great sound. We have vacancies for players in all sections of the band .


Glossop Old Band

September 25 • Glossop Old Band are seeking Cornet (front row) and Bb Bass players. . . We are a friendly 1st Section Band with a mix of concerts and some contests. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, 8.00-10.00pm at Glossop Band Club, Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP


Cheshire Constabulary Band

September 25 • The band are looking for a couple of cornet players to strengthen our band. We come from all walks of life not just the police and undertake many diverse engagements. Take a look at our "Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary" Facebook age!


Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist