facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us

*
banner

Death of Colin Cranson

The death has been announced of the respected former conductor of Roberts Bakery Band, Colin Cranson.

Colin Cranson
  The death has been announced of Colin Cranson

4BR has been informed of the death of Colin Cranson aged 74.

Colin Cranson made his name as the solo euphonium player of Foden's Band who he joined in 1968 under the baton of Rex Mortimer. Over the next decade, during a difficult time for the band on the contest stage, he cemented a reputation as a high class performer, especially on returning after a serious car accident.

National Champion

He re-formed the Foden's Quartet with Derek Lucas, Alan Brotherston and Tony Goddard which went on to emulate its famous forbearers by winning the 1976 National Quartet Championship of Great Britain playing 'Alla Burlesca' by Gilbert Vinter.

In 1978 he became bandmaster at Foden's, working closely with James Scott until they both resigned in July 1979.

Colin had already begun conducting the then Middlewich Town Band in 1972, when they were competing in the Fourth Section.

40 year association

It was to be an association that lasted 40 years — the band securing long term sponsorship from Roberts Bakery which helped them develop from the Fourth to Championship Section in less than a decade.

During his tenure they enjoyed considerable success, including Regional Championship victories in 1980 in the Second Section and First Section wins in 2008 and 2011. They also secured a number of regional event successes and just missed out on qualification to the British Open when they were runner-up at the 1982 Grand Shield (only one band was promoted in those years).

His outstanding service and commitment to Roberts Bakery Band as MD for 40 years was remarkable. As well as leading them on the contest, concert and recording stages he fostered links with Lions Youth Band that remain as strong as ever today.

His desire to help encourage and develop young playing talent is to be seen in many bands in the North West and beyond, whilst he also gained regard as an adjudicator on the Whit Friday and local contest circuits.

His musical legacy at Roberts Bakery Band is one which will endure. As a musician and fantastic personality, he will be greatly missedRoberts Bakery Band

Greatly missed

At their latest rehearsal the hymn tune 'St Clements' was played in his memory, with current MD Paul Lovatt-Cooper telling 4BR: "Colin enjoyed an outstanding playing career and an even better conducting one.

His musical legacy at Roberts Bakery Band is one which will endure. As a musician and fantastic personality, he will be greatly missed."

The funeral will take place at St Mary's Church, Sandbach on Friday 26th April at 1.45pm.

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    



Geneva Group

International profile for Geneva

June 16 • The Geneva Group has become the new principal sponsor of the International Brass Band Summer School course in Swansea.


McCann

McCann to lead Open cooperation

June 16 • Phillip McCann will led the cooperation band at the British Open in September.


Hovis

As good for you today as it's always been...

June 16 • The newly baked Hovis Bread advert still maintains its link to its iconic past with Ashington Colliery Band providing the soundtrack to the famous boy on the bike...


Brass in Concert

Brass in Concert draws announced

June 16 • The draws for the 2019 Brass in Concert and Youth Brass in Concert Championships have been made by sports broadcaster Mark Pougatch.


Black Dyke Band - Whitley Bay Playhouse

Sunday 16 June • Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ


Thundersley Brass Band - Music in the Park

Sunday 16 June • Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ND


Sherborne Town Band - Sherborne Youth Band

Sunday 16 June • Digby Road DT9 3NB


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Concentus - sings

Saturday 22 June • St. Saviours Church, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT


Black Dyke Band - BrassPass.tv Band of Year Gala Concert, Manchester

Saturday 22 June • Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA


Lostock Hall Brass Band

June 16 • Lostock Hall Memorial Band have a Vacancy for Musical Director Currently 3rd Section Situated 3 minutes from Junction 29 M6 Rehearsals Mondays 7.45 - 9.30 and Fridays 8.00 - 10.00pm Training Band Fridays 6.30 -7.30pm Closing Date 24th June


Stannington Brass Band

June 16 • 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.


Nailsworth Silver band

June 16 • National finals bound Nailsworth Silver have vacancies for a front row cornet and trombone. Positions negotiable. Busy friendly band with a good mix of contest/concerts throughout the year.


Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO
Composer and Arranger