The Fairey Band has announced a trio of new signings as they look ahead to a busy 2020 season.
Talent and experience
A spokesperson told 4BR: "It's a mixture of youthful talent and experienced star quality and we are delighted to welcome Seb Williams on cornet, Heather Linnell on horn and Steve Walsh on euphonium."
Steve Walsh will take on the solo euphonium role after enjoying top flight tenures with the likes of YBS, Brighouse & Rastrick and Leyland. He won the prestigious Geoffrey Whitham Memorial Trophy at the British Open in 2017 and has gained a well earned reputation for his sound and virtuosity.
The band also welcomes Heather Linnell to the horn section. Heather is a local player who has played with Foden's and Leyland. She replaces the experienced Steve Ridler who has moved from horn to solo baritone.
Finally, the talented teenager Seb Williams will take on the repiano role after enjoying a successful time playing 'bumper-up' at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery. He is currently completing his A Levels before starting at music college next year.
I'm so pleased with the arrival of these outstanding playersMusic Director, Garry Cutt
Talking to 4BR about the signings who will make their debuts with the band at the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival, Music Director, Garry Cutt said: "I'm so pleased with the arrival of these outstanding players.
Steve Walsh is a top class player who I've admired for many years. He will undoubtedly add extra quality whilst we are also fortunate to have a player like Steve Ridler who has the versatility and experience to move to baritone.
Heather is another quality player whose sound will fit in with the horn section perfectly and Seb is someone I've noticed for some time and is a fantastic addition to the cornet section."