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Paul Andrews

Conductor, Band trainer, Adjudicator, Instrument Repairer - Brasstoff

Paul Andrews

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Brass Toff, 9 Delafield Close, Fearnhead, Warrington, WA2 0AJ


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Paul first learnt to play Euphonium under the guidance of his father Len Andrews, between 1972 and 1979. In that time, Paul sort help from the legendary Euphonium player Lyndon Baglin, a man that to this day has a major influence on Paul's teaching methods.

He joined Roberts Bakery Band between 1979 and 1983, working with a colourful conductor who has given over 40 years to the same band, Colin Cranson. However, the lure of top flight banding was too much; particularly the persuasive skills of Richard Evans, a man that was to become a major influence on Paul's life and remains a close friend and motivator to this day.

The time spent in Leyland Vehicles Band was the most rewarding as a player; playing in some of the finest auditoriums all over the world. CDs, Radio Broadcasts and television appearances seemed to be part of life's daily routine at that time. By the end of 1989, 6 fantastic years with Leyland and a Euphonium career of 17 years under his belt, Paul looked for new pastures to continue his thirst for ambitious projects, conducting seemed the natural progression.

For the next 11 years, he was to learn his conducting trade from bands such as Bedford (Leigh) Band, City of Stoke, Besses o 'th' Barn and for 5 years enjoying an associate conductor's role at Carlton Main Band with his great friend John Hinckley.

In September 2001, Paul together with one of his closest friends, Andy Dale, formed Wire Brass. Wire Brass started life in the 3rd section; however, it took them 5 years to become a Champion section band. Between 2001 and 2011 the band became the most progressive band in the world and solidified its position as one of the country's top bands when establishing its final world ranking position of a credible placing of 38th.

Paul has found himself in great demand not only nationally but internationally. His forays to the other side of the world in Australia have been particularly successful with Brisbane Excelsior Band.

Since becoming a conductor, Paul has more time now to dedicate himself to his passion of Professional Development. The 2012 Northwest Area 4th section Championships brought about a victory for Golborne Band, the band had not won a contest for 20 years and had never won the Northwest Area 4 section Championships in their history. The professional development programme put into place over an 8 week period, proved fruitful to the band.

Outside of Paul's brass repair and sales business 'Brass Toff' that he established in 1983, he currently finds himself conducting the World Famous Wingates Band. Since joining the band in 2013 has already seen them rise to a respectable top 30 position in the world. With 17 years' experience as a player and 25 years to date conducting experience, Paul considers himself ideally positioned to offer help in many areas, from teaching, band training, conducting and ultimately adjudicating.

 

 



Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 23 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU


Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 7Yz


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Academy of Music Horn Ensemble

Friday 28 February • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


The GUS Band - Northampton International Academy

Saturday 29 February • Northampton International Academy. 55 Barrack Rd. Northampton NN1 1AA


Upper Rhondda Brass Band

February 20 • Upper Rhondda NEEDS YOU. To help consolidate the Band, and its position within the grading system at the next Welsh Area Championships, the Band urgently require the following players, Soprano, Solo Cornet, Solo Euphonium and a Percussionist..


Longridge Band

February 20 • Due to retirement the Longridge Band (1st Section North West) require a back row cornet player (position negotiable), Eb bass & percussionist . We have a good mixture of contests/ concerts and a tour to Belgium planned for later in the year.


Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield

February 20 • Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield has vacancies for all instruments. We are a friendly, non-contesting band who practice Friday evenings near Sheffield city centre. Our numbers have declined in recent years but we are very keen to grow again with our new MD.


James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE
Conductor, Teacher


               

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