From www.leylandband.co.uk: Royal Albert Hall date for Leyland At the conclusion of the competition at the 2006 National Championships of Great Britain, Leyland Band (current National Champions) will return to the Albert Hall stage to perform a mini concert prior to the results being announced. Following the Band’s successful and very well received concert at the English Nationals at the beginning of July, the Band is delighted and excited at the opportunity to perform a solo spot at the RAH. Musical Director, Russell Gray, has the task of preparing a new program set just for the event, and he is clearly thrilled at the prospect – “To be given the chance to play concerts at the English and National Championships in the same year is fantastic”. The Championships take place on Saturday, 28th October 2006. 2007 RNCM Festival of Brass Edward Elgar and Eric Ball are set to feature in Leyland’s program for the Festival of Brass, to be held on Sunday the 28th January 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music. The annual Festival of Brass is one of the most prestigious non-competitive events in the brass calendar. The event’s Artistic Director, Paul Hindmarsh invited Leyland Band to appear at next years Festival, saying – “I’ve been following the Band’s activities over the last twelve months and been greatly impressed by the improvement in the quality of the Band and by the musicianship of conductor Russell Gray. Leyland deserves to participate in the 2007 Festival”. Norwegian trombone sensation, Runar Varnes is set to appear as guest soloist with Leyland at the Festival. Runar performs regularly with Leyland, most recently at the English National Championships in July. He took the award for the best soloist at the 2005 National Championships, with his quite stunning playing in Leyland’s title winning performance of “Eden”. Runar was the first recipient of two best soloist awards to Leyland players in the last twelve months. Brendan Wheeler, solo euphonium with Leyland took the award at the recent English National Championships held at the Lowry Centre in Salford Quays.