*
banner

Skelmersdale welcome back Coulsen as new MD

Ben Coulsen has been appointed as the new Musical Director of Skelmersdale Prize Band.

coulsen
  Ben Coulsen has became the new MD back at his home town band

Skelmersdale Prize Band has announced the appointment of Ben Coulson as its new Musical Director.

It marks a return to the band where Ben started his musical journey — one that saw him go on to become a respected principal cornet player with Blackburn & Darwen Band before moving onto flugel and playing with Hammonds.

Having recently qualified as a music teacher he is now returning to his hometown of Wigan after successfully securing a job in Warrington and is looking forward to beginning his conducting career back with Skelmersdale.

Exciting changes

A spokesperson told 4BR: "Through the years Ben has been a regular visitor and friend to the band, so all members are happy to welcome him back.

We look forward to the exciting changes and challenges that a new MD brings, and we are confident that there is much success on the horizon with Ben at the helm."

This attitude is something I now bring home as I look forward to conducting a band with a great history and futureBen Coulson

Total commitment

In response the new MD told 4BR: "With Hammonds I was fortunate to enjoy playing at the best contests and concerts in some amazing venues.

The best part for me though was the amazing team spirit. I think it's too rare now to find a band where every player has total commitment, whilst also enjoying a great social time as a group of 25 good friends.

This attitude is something I now bring home as I look forward to conducting a band with a great history and future."

The band also announced the signings Chris and Wendy Thorpe and Darren Fawcett.

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Brass Foundations

Free Brass Foundations workshop in Northumberland

August 16 • There is a free Brass Foundations workshop to go along and enjoy in the North East this weekend.


Fodens

Foden's to preview Hyperlink ahead of National defence

August 16 • Foden's Band will preview the National Final test-piece at Regents Hall on the eve of the contest.


Cory

Cory enjoy unexpected Korean coda...

August 16 • Cory Band have taken the opportunity to enjoy a couple more unexpected days in South Korea...


Brighouse

Brighouse to head to Snape Maltings

August 16 • Brighouse & Rastrick will make a high profile appearance at the famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall later this month.


Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band - Lotherton Hall

Sunday 28 August • Lotherton Hall. Off Collier Lane. Aberford. LS25 3EB LS25 3EB


Newstead Brass - Newark Brass Explosion

Monday 29 August • Newark Castle, . Castle Gate, Newark NG24 1BG


Contest: Greenfield Autumn Leaves March & Hymn Contest

Sunday 4 September • Ladhill Playing Fields, Greenfield, Oldhamm OL3 7JW


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 10 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Derwent Brass - Under The Stars

Saturday 17 September • Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP


Crofton Silver Band

August 16 • SECOND CORNET. Crofton Silver Band are looking for a Second Cornet to add to their line up as the band looks forward to celebrating its 150th Anniversary next year with an exciting mix of concerts and contests.


Crofton Silver Band

August 16 • PRINCIPAL CORNET. Crofton Silver Band are looking for a Principal Cornet to add to their line up as the band looks forward to celebrating its 150th Anniversary next year with an exciting mix of concerts and contests.


The Shirley Band

August 15 • Shirley Band (Midlands Championship Section from Jan. 2023), Musical Director Tom Stoneman, has vacancies for: Flugel horn; Front or back row cornet and percussionist. . Rehearsals are in Hockley Heath close to Jn 4 M42/ Jn16 M40 on Wednesdays and Fridays


Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator


               

 © 2022 4barsrest.com Ltd