4BR has been informed that the four year musical partnership between conductor Ian McElligott and Thoresby Band has come to an end.
During his tenure the Midland Area ensemble qualified for the National Final at the Royal Albert Hall on two occasions as well as secure podium finishes at the Senior Cup and Brass at the Guild contests.
Ian told 4BR: "It's been a pleasure to lead Thoresby though one of its most successful periods on the contest platform in recent years, but the time was now right to seek and consider fresh opportunities to conduct ambitious and forward thinking ensembles whilst embracing new musical challenges."
He stated that he will continue to work as Resident Musical Director of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery on a number of exciting projects, concerts and contests over the coming months.
In response a spokesperson for the band added: "Under the direction of Ian we enjoyed a successful period spanning four years, which included two consecutive appearances at the National Championships and achieved promotion to the Grand Shield. We wish him well."
It's been a pleasure to lead Thoresby though one of its most successful periods on the contest platform in recent years, but the time was now right to seek and consider fresh opportunities to conduct ambitious and forward thinking ensemblesIan McElligott
Meanwhile, the band has announced that the new Musical Director will be Michael Howley.
The highly respected professional musician with the Royal Air Force, is a Willson Performing Artist. Graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed all over the musical world and has performed with many of the UK's leading elite level bands.
He told 4BR: "It is with great excitement that I take on the role. The band has impressed me greatly with their enthusiasm, commitment and dedication. We have a busy Christmas concert schedule and a very exciting 2020 planned."
He will make his concert debut with the band later this month.