All England Masters announce Gala Concert artists

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by TheMusicMan, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    All England Masters announce Gala Concert artists

    Philip Biggs and Richard Franklin are delighted to announce the line-up for the 2007 All England Masters International Gala Concert which takes place at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge on Sunday 27th May at 7.45pm. This year it will have a true international flavour, with two bands and a guest soloist providing the format for the concert.

    The two bands which will feature their own individual programmes are the 2006 European Champion Band Brass Band Willebroek and, making a most welcome return after a three year absence from the Masters, The Fairey Band. [imgleft][/imgleft]The Guest Soloist is American trumpet star Rex Richardson. Rex Richardson has become one of the busiest crossover trumpet artists in the world. Since 1995 he has recorded and toured around the globe with the critically acclaimed Rhythm & Brass, an ensemble with a reputation as one of the finest brass groups in North America. Richardson also toured North America and Japan as a member of the late jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, and Europe with William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble. He has served since 1997 as flugelhornist, solo cornet and jazz soloist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek.Rex Richardson is a Yamaha artist.

    The Championship commences at 10.00am and the test-piece is In Memoriam RK by Elgar Howarth, which is proving a most popular selection. The following bands have entered to date:
    • 1st Old Boys Association Silver Band
    • Aveley & Newham Band
    • BTM Band
    • Brassband Rijnmond
    • Brass Band Willebroek
    • Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
    • Desford Colliery Band
    • Fairey Band
    • Fodens Richardson Band
    • Fountain City Brass Band
    • Hepworth (Lanson Homes) Band
    • Kirkintilloch Band
    • Polysteel Band
    • Redbridge Brass
    • Reg Vardy Band
    • Rothwell Temperance Band
    • Scottish Co-op Band
    • Soli Brass
    • SWT Woodfalls Band
    Demand for tickets has been brisk. Tickets for both the Championship and Gala Concert can be purchased by telephoning +44 (0)1223 357851.

    Philip Biggs
    The Magazine for the Brass Musician
  2. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    For those of you who are not familiar with Rex Richardson (which I would guess is quite a number of people on here - he isn't nearly as well known as he should be), I would like to comment on this incredible performer - just to give you a flavour of what to expect.
    Rex is simply an incredible musician. He is a true crossover artist, equally at home in the classical or jazz world.
    I have been lucky enough to hear Rex perform a number of times (and even perform with him a couple of times) as well as seeing him give workshops and masterclasses. I have never seen anyone with such a command of their instrument in both the jazz and classical languages. A virtuoso of the highest calibre who is an inspiration to all those who encounter him.
    He has just returned to the States after a week's residency at Trinity College of Music where he blew everyone away with his concerto for trumpet, brass ensemble and rhythm section - simply astonishing.
    If you want to find out more, check out his website