Les Neish is in the final stages of preparations for his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The tuba star jets off to Australia on the 5th of October to embark on a 35 day tour, appearing in Tasmania, Perth and Melbourne as well as heading to New Zealand.
Les told 4BR: "The idea for a tour began when I was approached to be part of a project called Commonwealth Resounds. To coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, I will be joined by Manchester based cellist Yelian He as well as pupils from Chethams School of Music and the Purcell School."
It’s really exciting to be heading off on tour and I’m looking forward to heading to a country I have never visited beforeLes Neish
Sponsored by Buffet Crampon, Les will also spend a week in Tasmania adjudicating at the TBL State Band Championships as well as performing workshops in local schools and with bands.
The week will culminate in a joint concert with the City of Burnie Brass Band and Ulverstone Municipal Band and will coincide with the launch of his new CD, ‘Shine’.
Les will also find the time in his hectic schedule to hop over to New Zealand to perform as guest soloist with Pelorus Trust Wellington Brass as well as fly back over the Tasman Sea to Sydney and Melbourne.
Les added: "It’s really exciting to be heading off on tour and I’m looking forward to heading to a country I have never visited before.
It's been a busy time for me – from concerts throughout the UK to tours to Switzerland and Germany. I’m glad I have a very understanding wife!"
For a full tour schedule can be found at: