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Neil Samuel

Conductor

Neil Samuel

Contact details

13 Cromdale Way Great Sankey Warrington WA5 3NR

  nasamuel22@gmail.com
  
  07976126386


More about Neil

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.

 

 



Gresley Colliery Band - Byrkley Park - Christmas Open Evening

Thursday 18 October • Byrkley Drive, Rangemore St, Burton upon Trent DE13 9RN DE13 9RN


Besses o' th' Barn Band - Celebration Concert

Friday 19 October • Shaw Playhouse 2. 2 Newtown Street, Oldham Ol2 8NX


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band

Friday 19 October • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London. W1C 2DJ


Black Dyke Band - Elsecar Heritage Centre Barnsley

Saturday 20 October • Elsecar Heritage Centre Wath Road Elsecar Barnsley S74 8HJ


Woodfalls Band - Wellstead Community Choir

Saturday 20 October • Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, Hants SO53 2GJ


Silver Spectrum Wind Band

October 16 • Sheffield based adult community wind band in Crookes. We welcomed several new brass players this term but still have vacancies for Trumpets/Cornets, Horns (Tenor or French) and a confident first Trombone. We also have vacancies for some wind instruments.


Crewe Brass

October 16 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.


Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe

October 16 • FLUGEL . Under MD Duncan Beckley, Prospect Brass are on the look out for a FLUGEL player. Rehearsals are Mon/Fri 7-9pm in our very own bandroom which is within easy reach of Huddersfield & Wakefield.


Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer