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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 - Symphony Hall

Sunday 20 January • Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA


Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Grimsby Auditorium

Sunday 20 January • Grimsby Auditorium . Grimsby Auditorium, . Cromwell Rd, . Grimsby, . North East Lincolnshire . DN31 2BH DN31 2BH


Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 25 January • 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD


Regent Hall Concerts - Canon Brass (brass quintet) from the Royal College

Friday 25 January • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ


Black Dyke Band - International Staff Band of Salvation Army - RNCM

Saturday 26 January • Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD


Nailsworth Silver band

January 18 • Vacancies have arisen for a front row CORNET and EB BASS to complete our area line up. We rehearse on Mondays in our own bandroom. Friendly well attended rehearsals. It's our centenary year so CD, concert with Tom Hutchinson and trip to France booked.


Chinnor Silver

January 17 • We are looking for CORNETS AND Bb BASS to complete our area line up. we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom which are well attended and have a good atmosphere.. Realistic book of concerts and contests


Drighlington Band

January 17 • We are keen to fill our final remaining vacancies prior to the Yorkshire Regional Contest & are looking to recruit Eb/BBb bass & percussionists. if you fancy a change for the New Year & are looking for a friendly band, then please get in touch.


Julian Bright


Conductor, Compere/MC, Cornet Soloist