facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us

*
banner

Death of Stuart Fawcett

The death has been announced of the popular conductor Stuart Fawcett

Fawcett
  The death of Stuart Fawcett has been announced.

The death has been announced of the popular conductor of Stuart Fawcett. He died on 3rd February following a short illness. He was 76.

Stuart commenced playing career aged 8 with Meltham & Meltham Mills Band. After moving to euphonium he was invited to join the Championship Section Crossley Carpet Works.

In 1963 he enlisted into the Band of the Coldstream Guards where he served for 12 years, moving to trombone and being promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Award

In 1975 Stuart emigrated to Australia after being appointed Head of Brass and Director of Bands at a prestigious grammar school in Brisbane, a position he held for 14 years. He was also a Warrant Officer Bandmaster in the Australian Army. In 1985 H.M. the Queen awarded him the Order of Australia Medal for his services to music in Queensland.

He returned to the UK in 1989 and, after a year conducting Jayess Brass was appointed MD of Skelmanthorpe Band in 1991, a position he held for almost 10 years and which saw him led then to the Third Section National title in 1993.

During this time he also steered the band from the Third Section to Championship status.

Meltham return

In 2000 Stuart returned as MD of Meltham & Meltham Mills, exactly 50 years since he blew his first note with the band. He enjoyed further success with Meltham, guiding them from the Second Section to the First — winning his final contest with the band, and gaining promotion to the Championship Section.

In recent years he has dedicated his time to Meltham's Junior Band from which he retired from only last year.

Stuart was true gentleman and will be sadly missed by everyone associated with Meltham & Meltham Mills Band and Junior Band. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of Stuart's familyspokesperson

True gentleman

A spokesperson told 4BR: "Stuart was true gentleman and will be sadly missed by everyone associated with Meltham & Meltham Mills Band and Junior Band. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of Stuart's family."

Funeral

The funeral will take place on 25th February at St Bartholomew's Church in Meltham at 1.00pm, followed by a private committal.

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Scott

European Countdown: 6 days to go

April 21 • The wonderful trio of James Scott, Denzil Stephens and Howard Snell have won six European titles between them — and maybe one or two more to come...


Radio

Radio: Sounds of Brass

April 21 • More great brass band music from Philip Hunt


Brisbane

Report & Result: 2019 Australian National Championship

April 21 • Sydney City Brass and MD Jason Katsikaris send emotional shockwaves through Australian banding as they claim maiden national victory in Brisbane.


Euroean

European Countdown: 7 days to go

April 20 • The first winners of the European title in 1978 got £1,000 for their troubles — so how much has being crowned the best band in Europe actually been worth over the years in cash terms...


Grimethorpe Colliery Band -

Saturday 20 April • Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LB HU2 8LB


Regent Hall Concerts - Regent Hall Band & Regent Brass

Saturday 20 April • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) . 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Gresley Colliery Band - A George's Day Concert

Saturday 20 April • The Gresley Old Hall, Church Gresley DE11 9QW


Contest: European Brass Band Championships

Friday 26 April • 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre,Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland  . 1820


Regent Hall Concerts - Celebrity Recital - Brett Baker (trombone) Elliot

Friday 26 April • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Dobcross Silver Band

April 20 • Looking for a band for Whit Friday? Dobcross Silver Band are looking for a TROMBONE and BASS to complete our line up. In the heart of Saddleworth with our own contest in Dobcross, this is always a great experience. Come and join us!. .


The Wigston Band

April 19 • Musical Director Vacancy: Second Section Wigston Band are looking to welcome an enthusiastic Musical Director to help develop our senior band. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday in South Wigston, Leicester - just 10 minutes from Junction 21 of the M1.


Stannington Brass Band

April 18 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA PLAYER to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests.


Stephen Tighe

ARCM, LDBBA, (Dip)PFS.
Adjudicator / Music Director / Arranger