Championship Section

Sunday 2nd October 2022 staged in the Sports Hall at Shirebrook Academy

Alan Morrison

Having served several top-class bands as Principal Cornet including Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse & Rastrick, Alan has now retired from front line playing and conducting but continues to adjudicate at all levels. During his career as a freelance musician he made worldwide appearances as an adjudicator, soloist and conductor having performed in Australia several times, extensively in Europe and the USA as well as the length and breadth of Great Britain featuring in many festivals and gala concerts including the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Over the years Alan has been involved in the promotion and coaching of many young people and youth bands including the National Youth Bands of Switzerland and Great Britain and in 2006 he was the Guest Conductor of the European Youth Band at its course in Belfast. For over 10 years he was the Professional Musical Adviser to the all-conquering Camborne Youth Band who won 10 National Youth Band titles. Alan was an ABRSM examiner for 25 years and during his career visited many educational establishments undertaking recitals, masterclasses and external examining. He has adjudicated brass band contests at all levels at home and abroad, including the National Championships of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, the US Open and European Championships and has adjudicated the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall several times. Alan has recorded seven solo albums and pioneered a teaching video that has proven very successful. He also regularly features on light music recordings for the BBC with various ensembles including big bands and orchestras. There are many compositions and arrangements published for brass band by Alan that have also proven very popular and all are still available, some of the titles becoming best sellers, such as Buster Strikes Back and Sugar Blues. In addition to this Alan won the Fodens Richardson award for new arrangements with his stunning version of Over the Rainbow.

First Section

Sunday 2nd October 2022 staged in the Theatre at Shirebrook Academy

Professor Roger Webster

Roger has a global reputation as an educator and clinician, his specialist areas being performance psychology and physiology. Professor Webster is constantly conducting research in the area of psychotherapy, with special relevance to the needs of musicians. He works as a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Northern College of Music where he lectures, and holds consultations in areas of Psychology, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He has been particularly involved with the treatment of dystonias and musical stammers (yips), as well as the usual performance anxiety issues. His book, Websters PPP has received great critical acclaim across the globe and is available in English or German with further versions in French and Japanese planned for the near future. Roger has released five solo CD’s and appears as a soloist on over twenty with ensembles from England, Switzerland, Holland, U.S.A. and Japan Roger has adjudicated both Nationally and Internationally from England to Australia, covering brass bands, wind bands and solo competitions. Roger is an ambassador for Besson Musical Instruments and Denis Wick Products, both of which he has been actively involved in the development of new products since 1988. Roger’s ‘Besson band room visits’ are now in their second year, with almost 150 bands visited so far, and hundreds more to follow.

Second Section

Sunday 2nd October 2022 staged in the Theatre at Shirebrook Academy

David Hirst MA, B.Ed (Hons), P.G.C.E., LTCL

David Hirst began his musical career at the age of ten with the local village band playing cornet: he made rapid progress on the instrument, and, at the age of fourteen was accepted into the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band on the solo cornet bench.

Two years later David joined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano Cornet, where he had five successful years including wins at the British Open, National and World Championships.

In 1972 David began studying music at the University of Huddersfield, being taught trumpet by Maurice Murphy.  A growing interest in Orchestral and Big Band playing led him to being one of the early members of the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. In 1978 David rejoined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano cornet enjoying further contest success.

By the mid ’70’s he was conducting various village bands before being appointed in 1980 as the Musical Director of the Andrews Heat for Hire Band.  After five successful years he then took over as Musical Director at the Lewington Yamaha Band followed by two years as the Resident Conductor at Black Dyke conducting the band during their historic tour of Australia in 1988. In 1991 David returned to the Yorkshire Imperial Band conducting them at the British Open, All England Masters and as prize-winners at the “Brass in Concert” competition over three successive years.

In 1994 David was invited to join the ‘World Famous’ Brighouse & Rastrick Band as Resident Musical Director, relinquishing this position in 2005 after 11 years. During this period the Band were National Champions (1997 & 8), European Champions (1998) and All England Masters Champions (1997 & 2001) in addition to Yorkshire Area Champions (1995, 1997 and 2003). Since leaving B&R David has been guest conductor with Grimethorpe, Faireys and Fodens, and is regularly invited to undertake ‘contest preparation’ workshops with bands of all standards.

David is one of the country’s most experienced adjudicators and has officiated at all levels in the Regionals, Lower Section Finals, Butlins, and local competitions in the UK. David is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA).

Third and Fourth Sections

Saturday 1st October 2022 staged in the Theatre at Shirebrook Academy

Nicholas Garman

Nicholas began playing the cornet when he was 6 years old, later joining the Bristol Easton Salvation Army Band. Nicholas held the position of Music Scholar at Bristol Cathedral School and whilst a pupil there joined the Sun Life Band under Dr. Roy Newsome. At university, he was a member of Enfield Citadel Band, First City Brass and the BBC Concert Band based at Elstree Studios, receiving lessons from Rod Franks and Stephen Cobb. Since then, he has played with many of the country’s finest bands including Brighouse, Cory, Fairey, Foden’s and Grimethorpe. Nicholas’ brass band honours include Swedish National Brass Champion (with Stockholm Brass), Butlins Mineworkers Open Champion (with Redbridge), Midland Area Champion (twice, with GUS) and London and Southern Counties Area Champion (three times, with Redbridge). As a conductor, he has won ‘best entertainment’ in the Cory Online Entertainment Contest and other local entertainment contests and has also conducted at the National Finals of Great Britain. As an adjudicator, Nicholas has experience in all types of contest and at all levels. He joined AoBBA after successfully completing the trainee adjudicator scheme in 2014, was appointed to the executive in 2016, became trainee mentor in Jan 2018 and in Jan 2019 was elected as AoBBA secretary. He was awarded his Licentiate in conducting from the London College of Music in 2017. For 12 years, Nicholas was Director of Music at an independent school and since 2016, has been an examiner for the London College of Music. In 2021, he became part of the group responsible for the training of new examiners. Also in 2021, Nicholas was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and, Fellowship of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.