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Neil Samuel

Conductor

Neil Samuel

Contact details

13 Cromdale Way Great Sankey Warrington WA5 3NR

  nasamuel22@gmail.com
  
  07976126386


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Neil Samuel was born into a Salvation Army family and at the age of 7 years old was given a tenor horn to learn. After a few frustrating months Neil was given the chance to learn the trombone instead, an offer he snapped up straight away. At the of 16 years old Neil was invited to study at the world famous Chethams School Of Music. Whilst there Neil had the opportunity to study with Rob Burtenshaw and Chris Houlding. Neil was also the lead trombone player with the award winning Big Band led by the late Goff Richards.

Neils first taste of playing in a contesting band was with the BT band (Championship Section) from Stockport, who were conducted by Alan Lawton at the time. From there he moved on to Besses O'th Barn (conducted by Derek Broadbent). His first solo trombone chair came next with a move to Wingates where he was once again reunited with Alan Lawton.

One year later Neil was invited to become the principal trombone of the Leyland Band working with Garry Cutt and Richard Evans. After Leyland, Neil moved to the Fairey FP (Music) Band where he had the opportunity to work with a variety of conductors which included Elgar Howarth, Howard Snell and Major Peter Parkes.

As well as being a soloist on tours to America, Canada, and Europe, Neil performed on regular basis with some of the countries leading bands such as Fodens, Brighouse & Rastrick, Sellers, GUS, Carlton Main Frickley as well as being invited to guest on a recording with the Grenadier Guards.

In 2003 at the age of 21 years old Neil accepted the position of Musical Director of the Rainford Band where he stayed for 9 years. During this time Neil led the band from the 3rd section to the Championship Section winning numerous contests along the way, including 2 North west Area titles.

After Rainford Neil became the MD of the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band. During a 3 year spell the band picked up numerous prizes which included the NW 1st Section title and runners up at the 2016 1st Section National Championships of Great Britain.

As a freelance conductor Neil has had the pleasure of working with bands such as Hammonds, Leyland, Milnrow and Carlton Main Frickley to name but a few.

As an adjudicator Neil has adjudicated at the Wilkinsons Northern Open Brass Band contest, British Trombone Society solo finals, and for the Lions International Trombone Soloist competition that was held at Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

 



Contest: Welsh Open

Saturday 16 February • The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW


Newstead Brass - Contest Countdown

Sunday 17 February • Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7DJ


Foden's Band - Annual Patrons Concert

Tuesday 19 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Blidworth Welfare Band

February 16 • *Solo Cornet* a great opportunity has arrived for a player to join our friendly and progressive band. Blidworth Welfare Band is a Championshop section band in Notts 15mins from J27 M1. We have sensible diary of concerts and contests


Freckleton Band

February 15 • We have a vacancy for a 2nd trombone player, although the solo trombone position would be available to the right person. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme.


Freckleton Band

February 15 • Freckleton Band have a vacancy for a 2nd baritone player. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author