Frickley South Elmsall appoint new MD

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  1. TracyKeith

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    Following their success in achieving a commendable 4th place in the First Section in this year’s Yorkshire Regional contest, Frickley South Elmsall Band have appointed Barry Hudson as their new Musical Director

    Barry Hudson’s involvement with brass bands started at the age of seven and has continued with a passion ever since

    A former trombone player and conductor with a track record of freelancing with an eclectic mix of ensembles including jazz groups and swing bands through to classical brass ensembles and symphony orchestras, he first took up the baton in the Salvation Army. He has guest-conducted various top-line Championship bands and in 2003 he was appointed MD of Yorkshire’s Slaithwaite band where he masterminded their climb from fourth section to first section status directing their most successful period in over 35 years.

    He has won numerous accolades in the entertainment contest arena for innovative concert programme planning and his musical philosophy is based on maintaining artistic integrity throughout every performance. ”Like all formal ensembles, brass bands are essentially a conduit for an original creative musical concept. I believe that players should view their role as a vehicle expressing the composer’s intentions honestly and not simply become a platform for personal virtuosity” says Hudson.

    Dovetailing his musical activities with his ‘other job’ as a professional artist and gallery owner, he has recorded and broadcast on radio and TV as both resident and guest conductor with bands, choirs and various ensembles in Europe and the United States

    On his appointment as MD at Frickley South Elmsall, Barry Hudson comments “The Band has a very talented and committed core of players who enjoy their banding. I believe there is a very positive chemistry between us and I look forward to helping them achieve their ambitions and sharing a productive and long future.”

    Frickley South Elmsall band secretary Tracy Keith says ”This appointment has been made after a rigorous and in-depth MD recruitment process and with Barry now on board we are looking forward to consolidating our position at the top end of Yorkshire’s first section.”
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