Mount Charles are delighted to announce that Nick Hudson will be performing with the band at the forth coming Mineworkers contest in Skegness. Due to a last minute requirement by the band, Nick has agreed to play with the band for the Butlins Championships and has signed for the band. Having moved to Somerset from Huddersfield in September 2005, Nick has agreed to perform with the band as often as his solo schedule will allow. Derek Thomas Chairman said ‘Having someone like Nick in the squad to play whenever he is able is a great boost for the band, and we are hoping that we can form an ongoing relationship with him’. Nick responded by saying ‘Now that I’m living in the west country it makes sense to have my registration with a local band. I wish to keep my roots within the band movement, even though the majority of my solo playing is now outside of the banding fraternity. I’m very much looking forward to playing with the band and working with Nigel Weeks again’. Nick Hudson Biography Nick Hudson’s musical foundations are firmly rooted within the brass band movement. He started playing at the age of eight and following initial tuition from his father and a brief spell in The Salvation Army, Nick was appointed principal trombone of the world famous Foden Motor Works Brass Band at the age of only fifteen. During his fourteen years in that position he established an international reputation as one of Europe's finest trombone players and teachers. He has presented master classes and performed in concert halls as far afield as Australia, Israel, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe. In addition he was the featured soloist at the National Brass Band Championships Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on four occasions He premiered the Wilfred Heaton Trombone Concerto for BBC Radio 3 and gave the first public performance of Philip Wilby's concertino White Knuckle Ride. Recently he returned from a successful tour of Spain where he performed the Holst ‘Concertante for Trombone and Wind Band’ and the Derek Bourgeois ‘Trombone Concerto’ at the World Wind Band Association conference in Valencia following enthusiastic reviews from professional trombone players throughout Europe. Nick released his first solo recording ‘Anthology’ with the Britannia Building Society Band in 1996 followed by the highly successful ‘New Horizons’ in 2002 featuring a diverse range of styles from jazz, avante garde and brass band repertoire. His most recent recording features a range of specially commissioned works for tenor and bass trombone where Nick plays alongside Douglas Yeo, Bass Trombone with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Another recent addition to the discography is a collaboration with Andrew Justice and the Enfield Citadel Band of The Salvation Army. The recording features original solo and duet repertoire and has already received critical acclaim. In addition to these recordings Nick has been featured soloist on twenty other releases with ensembles throughout the UK and overseas. On both resident and freelance levels, Nick has played with most of the UK’s top brass bands; Britannia Building Society Band, Leyland Band, Yorkshire Building Society Band, Black Dyke Mills Band, Grimethorpe Colliery and the Fairey Band. In addition to his commitments to brass bands Nick was a founder member of the renowned ten-piece ensemble, Howard Snell Brass. He has travelled world-wide coaching players and is trombone tutor at the celebrated Brass Band Summer School in Bromsgrove together with The International Brass Band Summer School in Swansea. Nick has been guest soloist with many ensembles including the New York Staff Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland, NJBB Graubunden, National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand, Enfield Citadel Band, Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk, Brass Band Willebroek and Lyngby-Taarbaek Brass Band. Nick was featured soloist and clinician at the Leeds University Chain Brass Festival, a week-long course of workshops and seminars for professional players from all over Europe. He has also given recitals and lectures at the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music (Stockholm), Melbourne School of Performing Arts, Newcastle School of Music (Australia), Goteborgs Universitet Artisten, RAF Cranwell, the Norwegian National Wind Band Championships in Trondheim, the British Trombone Society Festival at the Guildhall School of Music and London’s famous 100 Club. In addition to demands as a performer and clinician Nick is a regular editorial contributor and writer for many specialist brass publications. He is also a writer and advisor to the British Trombone Society on brass band editorial issues. Nick’s recent schedule has included a increasing number of adjudicating engagements, he has been on the panel of judges at the US Open Brass Championship in Chicago, adjudicator at the Swiss National Brass Championships in Sion and the 2005 Brass in Concert Championships at the Sage, Gateshead. Now a clinician for Besson Musical Instruments, Nick has a busy touring schedule including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and the United States which fit tightly into his duties as trombonist with the Sonar Brass quintet.