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Sandy Smith

Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger

Sandy Smith

Contact details

73 Dean Brook Road
Netherthong
Holmfirth
HD9 3UF

  sandysmith8593@gmail.com
  
  07806 987297


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Sandy was born in Scotland and began his career with the Whitburn Band. Studying initially in Edinburgh he gained L.T.C.L. and L.L.C.M. teaching and performing diplomas and also became principal horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland before moving to Yorkshire.

In a playing career as principal horn with the Black Dyke, Fairey and Grimethorpe bands he has won 6 British Open, 4 National Championships, 8 European, 6 Brass in Concert, 2 All England Masters and 11 championship section Area titles.

He also plays tenor horn and mellophonium in 'La Banda Europa', an orchestra of 35 diverse European instrumentalists and has also played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in works requiring tenor horn.

Sandy is a prolific arranger for brass having had his work recorded and performed by all of the leading UK bands for many years. He has lectured on brass band scoring, arranging and the history and repertoire of the brass band at Huddersfield University. His brass teaching activities have encompassed every stage of musical education from primary school to university standard including the RNCM in Manchester and Leeds College of Music. He has taught on many brass band residential courses including the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the Brass Band Summer School and the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. He obtained his PGCE in 1994.

Among the composers who have written works for him are Elgar Howarth, whose 'Horn Concerto' was premiered at the RNCM Festival of Brass in 2005 with the composer conducting the Grimethorpe band, John Golland, Peter Graham, Martin Ellerby, whose 'Tenor Horn Concerto' he premiered at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester in 1999 with the Williams Fairey Band, and Andrew Duncan, whose 'Gambade' received its premiere on the Grimethorpe tour of Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong in 2001.

He studied conducting at Huddersfield Polytechnic and began conducting brass bands in the late 1980s. He was been resident conductor of both the Brighouse and Rastrick Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and has guested with many other bands.

Sandy was the brass orchestrator for the 'Pandemonium' and Olympic Anthem sections of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and has worked as both arranger and conductor on collaborative projects with artists such as folk group The Unthanks, jazz trumpeter Matt Halsall, folk singer Kate Rusby and singer songwriter and synthesizer player Hannah Peel.

He is in increasing demand as an adjudicator at both national and local contests and is a vocal advocate for maintaining and promoting high quality repertoire as a key element in improving the standards of all bands, whether in the contest arena or on the concert platform.

He is co-founder and musical director of Tubular Brass and has arranged Mike Oldfield's seminal work 'Tubular Bells' for brass which has toured major venues and music festivals including Womad, Bluedot and the Edinburgh Festival fringe.

 

 



Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Friday 9 December • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ


PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW BRASS BANDS - Pemberton Old Wigan DW B Band Christmas concert

Friday 9 December • Pemberton Old Brass Bands club. Enfield street . Pemberton . Wigan WN5 8DZ


Harlow Brass Band - CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD!

Saturday 10 December • St Andrew's Methodist Church, The Stow, Harlow CM20 3AF


Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band - Lofthouse 2000 Brass for YAS Christmas Concert

Saturday 10 December • St Austin's Theatre. 4 Wentworth Terrace. Wakefield WF1 3QN WF1 3QN


Mereside Brass - Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 10 December • St Chad's Church. Winsford. Cheshire CW7 4DA


Ashton under Lyne Band

December 5 • PRINCIPAL CORNET : Are you a strong, ambitious player who is capable of leading a championship section band? Are you looking for a fresh challenge with an established band? We have a sensible diary of engagements and an immediate start is available.


City of Hull Band

December 5 • New Year. New challenge????? First class Solo Baritone required for January 2023. Rehearsing Sunday and Wednesday evenings near the Humber Bridge under the musical direction of Dean Jones.


Chadderton Band

December 5 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band and welcome all players of any age and ability on all sections of the band. Please come along and meet the band you will be very welcomed.


Martin Heartfield

GGSM, ARCM, PGCE
Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist


               

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