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5th Annual Slow Melody Contest & Concert – with Guest Soloist Richard Marshall!

We are pleased to announce the fifth annual Irvine and Dreghorn Brass Band’s Slow Melody Contest and Concert.

On Saturday 6 June, at Irvine’s Volunteer Rooms, our Slow Melody Contest and Concert will take place.

We are delighted that our Adjudicator and Guest Soloist for the 2015 Slow Melody is cornet player Richard Marshall. Richard is currently Principal Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Band, a position that is heralded as the “hottest seat in banding.” And was previously principle cornet with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, well known for their involvement with the Ewan McGregor film, Brassed Off. He has been named “the most outstanding cornet player this country has ever produced.”

The contest (for Irvine and Dreghorn band members of all ages) will start at 3.15pm (Hall access from 3pm), and guests can listen to the entrants during the afternoon. At 6pm, dinner will be served and the contest results, prize giving and concert featuring our guest adjudicator will follow this.

Tickets are £12 for adults, and £8 for children. This includes contest and concert entry, (with walk in, walk out access all day); and a two course traditional seaside meal.

A concert only ticket is also available with entry from 7pm. Concert only tickets are £7 for adults and £3.50 for kids.

A fully licensed bar will be in operation all day.

Tickets can be bought from Dawn Spence (07733 142197) Kelda McMichael (07875 426329) or from any band member.

About Richard Marshall:

Quoted at the Black Dyke Brass Arts Festival, the internationally acclaimed maestro Elgar Howarth described Richard as “the most outstanding cornet player this country has ever produced.” Richard is currently Principal Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Band, a position that is heralded as the “hottest seat in banding.” Previously Principal Cornet for ten years with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Richard fulfilled his childhood ambition and followed in the footsteps of some of his cornet heroes when he moved to Black Dyke in January 2006.

As a respected and devoted teacher, Richard is a cornet tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a regular tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the International Brass Band Summer School, and has previously worked with the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and National Youth Brass Band of Wales. Richard is a member of the Eminence Brass Quartet, who alongside Philip Cobb, Owen Farr and David Childs has released two highly acclaimed CD’s, Tribute (2009) and Jewels (2012). The group aspires to revive the original art of brass band quartet playing.

Richard has released to date four solo recordings. The Debutante (1999), Blaze (2005), Eminence (2007) and The Cornet Heritage Collection Volume 1 (2010) all of which have been received with world-wide acclaim, with Blaze and Eminence being awarded the title Solo CD of the Year. As a performer Richard has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, America and several European countries. He has performed in many iconic concert venues such as Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Richard is a Besson Artist and Clinician who solely performs on the Prestige Cornet and has recently launched the new RM signature range of cornet mouthpieces with Alliance Products.

About Irvine and Dreghorn Brass:

We are based in Irvine and our Senior Band are currently in the 3rd Section of the Scottish Brass Band Association & will move to the 2nd Section in January following a successful result at the 2015 Scottish Championships. This means we will also represent Scotland at the National Championships in September in Cheltenham and we are currently furiously fundraising for this! We have been in existence since the early 70’s and are a local band open to all. We are also a registered Scottish charity.

In addition to the Senior Band, we have a Youth band and Brasslets Beginners Band, which supplies kids from as young as 6 with brass instruments and tuition.

For further information, please contact us via www.idbrass.comor on 07875 426329.

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