Master baker Cranson retires after 40 years

The remarkable Colin Cranson retires after 40 years at the helm of Roberts Bakery Band.

Colin Cranson

It’s not only Manchester United who has lost the services of one of the longest serving managers in the business, following the news that after 40 years as Musical Director, the widley respected Colin Cranson is hanging up his baton.

Fourth Section

A former solo euphonium of Foden's, Colin began conducting the then Middlewich Town Band in 1972, when they were languishing in the Fourth Section.

Less than a decade later and after securing long term sponsorship from the Northwich based Roberts Bakery, Colin led the band to the Championship Section and to second place finishes at the Grand Shield and the top section at the Pontin's contest in Southport.


Under his passionate and dedicated leadership, Roberts Bakery Band has also established themselves as one of the most entertaining concert bands in the North West, making 11 recordings in addition to numerous broadcasts and representing Great Britain at the European Blasmusikfestival in Germany on ten occasions.

Due to his remarkable leadership, the band has maintained a Championship/First Section status for 28 of the last 30 years.

40 years as conductor is a magnificent achievement, a record almost unheard of in the brass band movementRoberts Bakery Band


Band spokesman Tom Hancock told 4BR: “Roberts Bakery band members past and present are enormously grateful to Colin for his role in their musical development. 40 years as conductor is a magnificent achievement, a record almost unheard of in the brass band movement.

While we are sad to see Colin go, he leaves us in a very strong position, and we are pleased he will maintain a relationship with the band as honorary President."

An announcement will be made shortly regarding Colin's successor as Musical Director.

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Scottish Youth work towards virtual grand finale

June 4 • Composer Alan Fernie has been working with members of the National Youth Band of Scotland towards a fantastic musical finale for their virtual 2020 course.


Rong to reach out to global concert audience

June 4 • There is a chance to enjoy a free brass band concert from Rong Brass this weekend — introduced by a familiar face and featuring some great music.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 2: The Severn Suite

June 4 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at Edward Elgar's 'The Severn Suite' to find yet more intrigue and debate about its inspiration...


'Ear, 'Ear with David Thornton...

June 4 • Brass Band England's latest online development programme sees David Thornton explore how we can learn from listening and how it can make a positive impact on our performances...

Regent Hall Concerts - International Trombone Ensemble

Friday 5 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. (Opposite RESERVED). London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ

Foden's Band - Parr Hall, Warrington

Thursday 11 June • Pyramid Parr Hall, Palmyra Square S, Warrington WA1 1BL

Black Dyke Band - Halifax Minster

Thursday 11 June • The Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL

Black Dyke Band - Black Dyke Arts Festival

Sunday 21 June • The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD

Foden's Band - Prescot Festival

Friday 26 June • Prescot Church,, Church St, Prescot L34 3LA

Deepcar Brass Band

May 23 • Deepcar Band has a vacancy for a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are a 3rd section contesting band, rehearsing Monday & Friday nights.Our bandroom is equal distance to Sheffield, Barnsley & Huddersfield.

Chadderton Band

May 21 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Come along to one of our rehearsals.

Forest of Dean Brass

May 21 • We are currently looking for a Euphonium and Front Row Cornet to join our friendly and ambitious 1st Section Band. We undertake a broad range of activities from supporting community events, charities and Contests, coming 3rd at the West of England Areas.

David Frame

Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor


 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd