Adjudicators

 

Please see below the biographies of the Finals adjudicators for the 2017 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

PHILLIP MCCANN, HOWARD SNELL & LUC VERTOMMEN

This year's Championship Section Final at the Royal Albert Hall will be adjudicated by three household names of the brass banding movement.

 

Phillip McCann

Phillip McCann is often referred to as the finest cornet player of his generation, and his long tenure as Principal Cornet at Black Dyke was during the band’s world-beating period. His acclaimed series of CD Chandos recordings – The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies – is universally admired, and Phillip’s unique style and tone quality have been combined with orchestra for film/TV soundtracks. He has toured extensively both as a recitalist and for master-classes throughout the world and is a Yamaha Artist, assisting the Corporation in the development of their range of brass instruments. Phillip is firmly committed to the teaching of brass-band music at the University of Huddersfield. In 2003 Phillip was awarded The Mortimer Medal from The Company of Worshipful Musicians. His most recent accolade, The Iles Medal, was awarded by The Worshipful Company of Musicians in September 2013. Philip is, uniquely, the recipient of both highly prestigious awards.

 

Howard Snell

The 2017 Championship Section Final is privileged to have Howard's spectacular work Gallery performed at this year's event, and who better to have to adjudicate than the composer himself? Howard Snell is one of the best-known figures in brass music worldwide. His initial career was as a trumpet performer, mainly known as Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra, but by mid-career decided to focus on conducting and writing, especially in the field of brass band music. Today, composing and writing on musical topics occupies the bulk of his time, but his appetite for innovation remains as strong as ever. He continues to add to the catalogue of his very substantial body of work.

 

Luc Vertommen

Dr. Luc Vertommen studied cornet, music theory and piano at the music academies in Mechelen and Willebroek. Further musical studies were completed with a triple diploma – trumpet, music history and band conducting at the Lemmens Institute in Louvain, a Master degree for Conducting and Doctor of Musical Arts (2011) at Salford University, Manchester. He has immersed himself full-time in the world of band music as a brass teacher, player, conductor, arranger and writer. He conducts Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium), Brass Band Nord-pas de Calais (France) and is head of music school in Deurne (Antwerp). He can be heard on more than 25 highly acclaimed CD recordings and is editor and artistic director of Band Press VOF. He regularly is invited to conduct or adjudicate around Europe and obtained the International Buma Brass Award 2014 for his international work within the band movement.


SECTION ONE

PAUL HOLLAND & MICHAEL FOWLES 

Paul Holland

Paul is in demand as a Conductor and Adjudicator throughout Europe. As a player Paul enjoyed considerable concert and contest success with Black Dyke Band and made several CD, radio and television appearances with celebrities such as Elton John, Jools Holland, The Beautiful South and Sting. As a conductor Paul spent six years as Musical Director of the Newbridge Band where he led them through a period of unparalleled success in their history. In April 2009 Paul became the Musical Director of the Flowers Band, where he helped the band achieve their highest ever results at the National Championships of Great Britain, British Open and Brass in Concert Championships, as well as unrivalled success at the Regional Championships, Yeovil and the Butlin’s Mineworkers contest. As an adjudicator Paul enjoys an ever increasing active schedule of appointments, including the National Championships of Great Britain on several occasions as well as other high profile local, national and international competitions throughout the UK and Europe. Paul is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) as well as being on the Music Panel for Kapitol Promotions.

 

Michael Fowles

Michael Fowles gained an honours degree studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, during which time he was a member of the trombone section of Britannia Building Society (Fodens) Band and completed a post graduate course studying conducting with Howard Snell. Upon completion of his studies, Michael was invited to work at the RNCM as a conductor and administrator. Michael's conducting career began with the Point of Ayr Band from North Wales, during which time the band enjoyed what wass arguably its most successful period - winning the Welsh Area twice, many entertainment contest victories and third prize at the 1998 European Championships. Further permanent relationships have seen him work with bands such as BT, Leyland, Flowers, Tredegar, and Co-Operative Funeralcare. Michael was Musical Director of the Ratby Co-Operative Band until recently, a position he had held since 2004. In addition to his work at Ratby, 2009 saw Michael appointed as Musical Director of Fodens Band. This relationship has produced high quality concerts and recordings that have been met with critical acclaim and awards. It has also seen a close collaboration with composer-in-residence Andy Scott that has introduced audiences all over the country to a new musical language for brass band.

 

SECTION TWO

TOM DAVOREN & PAUL HOLLAND

Tom Davoren

Tom is a composer and band director with a growing international reputation. He studied tuba with Nigel Seaman at the RWCMD, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition from Cardiff University's School of Music. In 2009/10 he was awarded a research scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Welsh Livery Guild Composition Award. He was also a BASCA British Composer Award nominee in 2011, a prizewinner at the EBBA European Composers Competition 2012 and the recipient of the 2014 ITEA Harvey Phillips Award for excellence in composition. His music is premiered and commissioned the world over by artists including ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Cory Band. Noted performances of his work have been given at New York's Carnegie Hall, World Music Contest (Kerkrade), as well as several international solo & band competitions. He has also acted as Brassband Buizingen's Associate Composer since 2015. As a conductor, Tom began his career with the BTM Band and has since been appointed as Musical Director of Desford Colliery Band, Associate Conductor of the Fairey Band and Musical Director of Bristol’s Filton Concert Brass, who he has established as one of the UK’s newest championship bands. In 2015 he directed Maidstone Wind Symphony to the National Concert Band Championship title and was honoured to serve as conductor of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales in 2016. He has also led conducting students and directed the brass band at the University of Salford since 2016.

 

Paul Holland

Paul is in demand as a Conductor and Adjudicator throughout Europe. As a player, Paul enjoyed considerable concert and contest success with Black Dyke Band and made several CD, radio and television appearances with celebrities such as Elton John, Jools Holland, The Beautiful South and Sting. As a conductor, Paul spent six years as Musical Director of the Newbridge Band where he led them through a period of unparalleled success in their history. In April 2009 Paul became the Musical Director of the Flowers Band, where he helped the band achieve their highest ever results at the National Championships of Great Britain, British Open and Brass in Concert Championships, as well as unrivalled success at the Regional Championships, Yeovil and the Butlin’s Mineworkers contest. As an adjudicator, Paul enjoys an ever increasing active schedule of appointments, including the National Championships of Great Britain on several occasions as well as other high-profile local, national and international competitions throughout the UK and Europe. Paul is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) as well as being on the Music Panel for Kapitol Promotions.

 

SECTION THREE

MARK WILKINSON & GLYN WILLIAMS

Mark Wilkinson 

Mark's early playing career in the North West of England culminated in joining the Wingates Band on Principal Cornet, before accepting Howard Snell's offer to join the Britannia Building Society Band (now Foden's) on Principal Cornet in 1992. During this time he has been privileged to have won every major contest with Foden's including the British Open, National Finals, European Championships, Swiss, French and American Opens as well as numerous victories at the All England Masters Contest, Area Contest and Brass in Concert entertainment competitions. As well as performing all over the world as a soloist, Mark is also heavily involved in Youth education. Mark enjoyed 3 years as the cornet tutor with the 'National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain' and has been an entrance examiner and cornet tutor with the NYBBGB since 2000. Mark has also appeared as a cornet tutor with the NYBBW, the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland, as well as a guest soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Denmark. In 2010 Mark was appointed as Visiting Cornet Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Cornet Tutor at the University of Salford and Cornet/Trumpet Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Mark is in demand in the UK and abroad as a cornet soloist, teacher, conductor, clinician and adjudicator (he is a fully credited member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators) as well as having a number of solo recordings to his name. In 2009 Mark was voted by the banding public as the '2009 4barsrest Player of the Year'. In May 2013 Mark released his first solo CD 'Milestone.'

 

Glyn Williams

 

Glyn was appointed as solo euphonium with the Foden’s Band in 1995, contributing to many contest victories including the Swiss Open, All England Masters, French Open, Brass in Concert, North West Area Finals more than 10 times, the titles of National & British Open Brass Band Champions of Great Britain, English National Champions and All England International Masters Champions. 2012 was the pinnacle of this contesting success when Foden’s won both the Open and National Championships. After 20 consecutive years service at Foden’s Band, Glyn took the heart-wrenching decision to move to South Wales and to join the Cory Band in the Summer of 2015, beginning a whole new chapter in his brass banding career. Since then Glyn has been pivotal in helping Cory to make history in an unprecedented Grand Slam year of 2016, when the Band won the European, British Open, National and Brass in Concert titles. At the European Championships in 2017 Glyn claimed a unique grand slam of solo prizes when he was awarded best instrumentalist for his performance in the own choice test piece. Glyn regularly appears as guest soloist with bands in the UK, Europe and further afield and is delighted to be able to pass on his experience and expertise as a tutor at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. He is also an external performance examiner at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He is also highly regarded as one of the Brass Band world’s up and coming young Musical Directors holding the position of Professional Conductor at the Marsden Silver Prize Band from 2004 to 2015 with great contest success, and more recently working with Lydbrook and Tongwynlais Bands.

 

SECTION FOUR

STAN LIPPEATT & MARK WILKINSON

Stan Lippeatt

Born in South Yorkshire, Stan for many years was the Flugel Horn player with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and was also privileged to have been the Flugel Horn player with the Kings of Brass. A distinguished playing career brought many successes, but Stan's proudest moment was performing the world premier of John Golland's Flugel Horn Concerto at Southwell Minister, a work that Stan had commissioned. Stan's conducting career started in 1983 with the Grimethorpe Colliery Junior Band and he finally left Grimethorpe as player, and conductor of the Juniors in 1987 to become Musical Director at the Thoresby Colliery Band (French Open Champions 2003 and four times national finalists), a position he held for 17 years. Since Thoresby Stan has been Musical Director with the EYMS Band and done freelance work with Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick, The Fairy Band, YBS and many workshops/seminars with bands throughout the country. As player and conductor Stan has performed at the National Championships, British Open Championships, National Mineworkers Championships, All England Masters, French Open Championships, BBC Band of the Year, Granada Television Band of the Year, and the Solo and Quartet Championships of Great Britain. As an adjudicator, Stan has officiated at the National and Regional Championships, Belgium National Championships, Pontins National Championships, Scottish Open and many other brass band contests throughout the UK. From 2002 Stan sat on the Executive Committee of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and is honoured to have been a past Chairman of the Association. Stan subsequently became a Brass Peripatetic Teacher in Nottinghamshire. He was also appointed as Contest Advisor to assist with the formation of the Butlin's National Mineworkers' Open Brass Band Festival.

 

Mark Wilkinson

Mark's early playing career in the North West of England culminated in joining the Wingates Band on Principal Cornet, before accepting Howard Snell's offer to join the Britannia Building Society Band (now Foden's) on Principal Cornet in 1992. During this time he has been privileged to have won every major contest with Foden's including the British Open, National Finals, European Championships, Swiss, French and American Opens as well as numerous victories at the All England Masters Contest, Area Contest and Brass in Concert entertainment competitions. As well as performing all over the world as a soloist, Mark is also heavily involved in Youth education. Mark enjoyed 3 years as the cornet tutor with the 'National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain' and has been an entrance examiner and cornet tutor with the NYBBGB since 2000. Mark has also appeared as a cornet tutor with the NYBBW, the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland, as well as a guest soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Denmark. In 2010 Mark was appointed as Visiting Cornet Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Cornet Tutor at the University of Salford and Cornet/Trumpet Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Mark is in demand in the UK and abroad as a cornet soloist, teacher, conductor, clinician and adjudicator (he is a fully credited member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators) as well as having a number of solo recordings to his name. In 2009 Mark was voted by the banding public as the '2009 4barsrest Player of the Year'. In May 2013 Mark released his first solo CD 'Milestone.'