Founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport, the Band achieved many musical successes under the brilliant direction of Harry Mortimer, their Musical Director for over thirty years.
Since those early days, the Band has been 16 times British Open Champions and National Champions of Great Britain on 9 occasions. Winners of the BBC ‘Best of Brass’ and Granada ‘Band of the Year’ titles add further touches of distinction to this famous Band.
The early-mid 1990’s saw probably the most successful period in the Band’s history, winning both the British Open and National titles in 1993, before going on to complete a unique ‘treble’ when they were crowned European Champions in 1994.
The Band is also extremely proud of its successes at the annual Whit Friday marches – most notably in 1997 when they achieved 10 first prizes, 2 second prizes and a third prize of the 13 contests that they attended! All this and more makes up the pedigree of what is, undoubtedly, one of the World’s leading brass bands.
Since its formation the band has seen an illustrious line-up of conductors including Harry Mortimer, Leonard Lamb, Kenneth Dennison, Richard Evans, Walter Hargreaves, Geoffrey Brand, Major Peter Parkes, Roy Newsome, James Gourlay, Howard Snell, Bryan Hurdley, Allan Withington, David Evans and Simon Stonehouse.
The Band is in constant demand for concerts, both at home and abroad. Overseas tours have included performances in Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
In recent years, the Band has enjoyed further recognition outside the confines of the Brass Band movement, with its involvement in the ‘Acid Brass’ project. Under this banner, the Band has been able to display its flexibility in adapting to a totally different musical concept and consequently, has performed in rock/pop festivals in the UK and overseas.
The Band has always maintained its association with the ‘Fairey’ company, which provided sponsorship until 2002, and still rehearses at the factory in Heaton Chapel.
Having survived various name changes, as the company changed hands over the years – Williams Fairey and Williams Holdings among others – these days the Band is proud to revert to its roots and be known as The Fairey Band – or, as is more commonly used in banding circles – ‘Faireys’!
National Champions of Great Britain
1945, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1965, 1986, 1993, 2002, 2003
British Open Champions
1941, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1979, 1987, 1993, 1998
All England Masters Champions
Brass In Concert Champions
BBC Television Champion Brass
1976, 1977, 1979
BBC Best Of Brass
Granada Television Band Of The Year
BBC Radio Band Of The Year
Location: Heaton Chapel, Stockport, UK
Member: Musical Director: Garry Cutt
Composer in Residence: Simon Dobson
Arranger in Residence: Richard Rock
Website Manager: Jonathan Probert
Social Media Manager: Chris Hardy
Soprano Cornet: Jonathan Probert
Principal Cornet: Paul Hughes
Assistant Principal: Brian Taylor
Tutti Solo Cornet: David Gillson
Tutti Solo Cornet: Liz Fitzpatrick
Repiano: John J Lees
2nd Cornet: Phil Parkinson
2nd Cornet: Gaz Parker
3rd Cornet: Jo Landon
3rd Cornet: Jimmy Leggat
Flugel Horn: Mike Eccles
Solo Horn: Paul Bennett
1st Horn: Bobby Corkish
2nd Horn: Victoria Lundberg
Solo Euph: Jim Fieldhouse
2nd Euph: Nick Birch
Solo Bari: Rob Richardson
2nd Bari: Heather Law
Solo Trom: Rebecca Lundberg
2nd Trom: Paul Coupe
Bass Trom: Josh Cirtina
Solo Eb Bass: Gavin Saynor
Eb Bass: Mark Evans
Solo BBb Bass: Chris Hardy
BBb Bass: TBC
Principal Percussion: Graham Proctor
Percussion: Chan Tung (Brian)
Percussion: Dave Wycherley
Percussion: Mikkel Vangkilde Nielsen
The Fairey Band