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Neil Samuel

Conductor

Neil Samuel

Contact details

13 Cromdale Way
Great Sankey
Warrington
WA5 3NR

  nasamuel22@gmail.com
  
  07976126386


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Neil Samuel was born into a Salvation Army family and at the age of 7 years old was given a tenor horn to learn. After a few frustrating months Neil was given the chance to learn the trombone instead, an offer he snapped up straight away. At the of 16 years old Neil was invited to study at the world famous Chethams School Of Music. Whilst there Neil had the opportunity to study with Rob Burtenshaw and Chris Houlding. Neil was also the lead trombone player with the award winning Big Band led by the late Goff Richards.

Neils first taste of playing in a contesting band was with the BT band (Championship Section) from Stockport, who were conducted by Alan Lawton at the time. From there he moved on to Besses O'th Barn (conducted by Derek Broadbent). His first solo trombone chair came next with a move to Wingates where he was once again reunited with Alan Lawton.

One year later Neil was invited to become the principal trombone of the Leyland Band working with Garry Cutt and Richard Evans. After Leyland, Neil moved to the Fairey FP (Music) Band where he had the opportunity to work with a variety of conductors which included Elgar Howarth, Howard Snell and Major Peter Parkes.

As well as being a soloist on tours to America, Canada, and Europe, Neil performed on regular basis with some of the countries leading bands such as Fodens, Brighouse & Rastrick, Sellers, GUS, Carlton Main Frickley as well as being invited to guest on a recording with the Grenadier Guards.

In 2003 at the age of 21 years old Neil accepted the position of Musical Director of the Rainford Band where he stayed for 9 years. During this time Neil led the band from the 3rd section to the Championship Section winning numerous contests along the way, including 2 North west Area titles.

After Rainford Neil became the MD of the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band. During a 3 year spell the band picked up numerous prizes which included the NW 1st Section title and runners up at the 2016 1st Section National Championships of Great Britain.

As a freelance conductor Neil has had the pleasure of working with bands such as Hammonds, Leyland, Milnrow and Carlton Main Frickley to name but a few.

As an adjudicator Neil has adjudicated at the Wilkinsons Northern Open Brass Band contest, British Trombone Society solo finals, and for the Lions International Trombone Soloist competition that was held at Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

 



Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


Garforth Brass

April 12 • Garforth Brass is looking forward to resuming playing when permitted in May/June time and is looking to recruit cornet players to complete our line up. Rehearsals are at Garforth Methodist Church, Church Lane, Garforth, LS25 1NW Sunday evening 6.15-7.45pm


Lindley Band

April 12 • 2nd BARITONE required by LINDLEY BAND to join our friendly team when we resume rehearsals in our own bandroom located just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24, near Huddersfield. Monday and Wednesday 8 to 10 pm. We enjoy a balanced mix of contests and good engagement


Essex Police Band

April 12 • Percussionist required. Preferably with experience playing in Brass Band, Wind Band or Orchestra. We do not contest but play to a good standard and play a variety of contempory and historical music.


Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO
Composer and Arranger


               

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