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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.

 

 



The Marple Band - Marple and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

Saturday 7 November • St Pauls Church, Compstall Rd, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5HU


The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY


Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Saturday 30 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ


Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Sunday 31 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ


Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Amesbury Town Band

October 21 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!


Shipston Town Band

October 8 • We are currently looking to recruit a Bass Trombone BBb bass and EEb bass to bring the band up to strength ready for when things return to normal. We are graded section 3 in the Midlands taking part in a good range of concerts and contests,


Milton Keynes Brass

October 5 • Applications are invited for a baritone player for Milton Keynes Brass. We are a friendly 1st section band based in Milton Keynes and rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:45pm-10:00pm, with additional rehearsals before contests.


John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor


               

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