Carlton Main strengthen the ranks ahead of National Finals 2016

The band welcomes the return of Toni Durrant on Solo Euphonium after a short spell away to concentrate on starting a new career as a Primary School Teacher. The band were delighted to see Toni return to the hot seat at the recent British Open Championships, having previously claimed the Geoffrey Whitham Memorial Trophy for Best Euphonium at the 2011 British Open Championships and Yorkshire Area Best Instrumentalist in 2013.

Joining Toni in the section is Dan Jackson on 2nd Euphonium. Dan joins after playing a key role in a very successful 6 years at Unite the Union on Solo Euphonium. The final piece to the jigsaw saw the addition of Ian Walshaw on 2nd Baritone. Ian joins after successful spells at Slaithwaite and Yorkshire Imps. Both players made their debut at the British Open and are looking forward to a bright future with Carlton Main.

The band are thrilled to welcome Neil Day to the Solo Cornet bench. Neil joins after a short break from banding and informed the band media manager this was the perfect offer to make a return, ‘It’s always been an aspiration of mine to be part of a section with Kirsty Abbotts and once Ian McElligott made contact with me over the Summer and explained the long term vision of the band, I was delighted to take this opportunity. Kirsty Abbotts was equally delighted as she told the band media manager ‘We have been long term admirers of Neil’s playing and once we heard of the opportunity to sign Neil we weren’t going to let this chance go!’

Adding more youth to the ranks are the signings of Harry Read and Gareth Hand. Harry joins on 2nd trombone and has been performing with the band since April, after a short trial the band didn’t need much time make the decision for Harry to become a permanent member of the band. Harry brings a wealth of experience at a young age already filling Solo Trombone positions at South Yorkshire Police Band, Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently Hade Edge. Gareth Hand returns to the band to re-join the percussion team, a position he’s delighted to be back in after a successful and enjoyable 2 year spell at Desford. Gareth’s previous spell at Carlton Main saw him part of a Yorkshire Area victory and 3rd place finishes at the British Open and National Finals.

Carlton Main Musical Director, Ian McElligott spoke to the band media manager about the new signings “We’re delighted with how we’ve strengthened the band this year, we’ve brought in a great combination of talent, youth and experience. The new players don’t just bring playing qualities they also fit perfectly with the team ethos which is essential to how the band functions in a great atmosphere. The future is very bright for Carlton Main and I’m delighted and privileged to play my part in this.’

Finally, the band would like to express a huge thank you to Steve Malcolm who has stepped in at late notice due to the unfortunate circumstance of Carlton Main being without Bb Bass stalwart, Roy Batty. Roy has undergone heart surgery just after his 49th appearance at the British Open. Steve responded immediately to the call from Carlton Main to fill the space of a ‘legend’ of the Brass Band World. The band wish Roy all the best in his recovery and will be trying to fulfil his only wish of bringing the Nationals trophy home for him!


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