Martin Irwin

Martin hails from Barnsley and started playing the cornet at the age of eight, playing in his first concert with Barrow Colliery Band on his 10th birthday. After 6 years he joined Warren Band in his first principal cornet position.  Following this, Martin played principal cornet with both Stocksbridge and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery bands.  In his early playing career, Martin had many successes on the solo contest circuit, most notably being the North of England Solo Champion.

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall BA (Hons) LRSM

 

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.”

Tom Hillary

Born and raised in Bolton, Lancashire; Tom began his musical journey at the young age of six. Being an active member of Bolton Music Service, he first started to learn drum kit under the direction of Richard Hughes. Grasping the basics of playing Percussion; Tom began to perform in ensembles such as Bolton Beginner Brass Band and Bolton Beginner Percussion Ensemble. At age eleven, Tom began studying at St Joseph’s R.C High School, Horwich; Studying Drum Kit for four years under the guidance of Sam Packwood, achieving Grade 8 in Drum kit at the age of fifteen.

Professor Nicholas J. Childs DMA, MA, FLCM, ARCM (Hons)

Heralded as a leading figure in the worldwide brass community, Professor Nicholas Childs (DMA—Conducting, University of Salford) has rightfully achieved the highest international reputation as a performer, teacher-clinician, conductor, interpreter and advocate of new music, and producer of pacesetting recordings.  Initial success came as a euphonium soloist and partner with his talented brother, Dr.