Professional Conductor: Professor David King
Australian by birth, David King is regarded as one of the most dynamic figures in the world of brass today. With an enviable record of musical accomplishments and successes both as an instrumentalist and conductor he is at the forefront of music education and is Chair of Music - Performance at the University of Salford.
David King studied Trumpet and Cornet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and music education at Avondale College, NSW, where he studied with Alan Thrift, graduating in 1978.
In 1982 as Australian cornet champion he was awarded a scholarship to study music at Salford University College, Manchester, where he graduated with distinction in Performance in 1985.
In Britain David King pursued a distinguished career as a cornet soloist winning the title North of England Solo Champion on three occasions (1983/84/85) and remained unbeaten on Bb Cornet at the British Open Solo Championships for five consecutive years (1987-91). He represented the United Kingdom in 1992 as British Open Solo Champion and won the prestigious title International Brass Musician of the Year in Auckland, New Zealand.
David King is a member of the Adelphi Research Institute for Creative Arts and Social Sciences, University of Salford and in 2000 completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree - the first recipient of a Performance research doctorate awarded within the British university sector.
As a conductor Professor David King holds a prominent position in Europe and is revered as one of the most successful conductors on the concert and contest platform in the last decade. He has represented England in the European Brass Band Championships on eleven occasions as a conductor and has won the title ten times, twice with Black Dyke Mills Band (1990 & 91) and eight times with the yorkshire Building Society Band (1996/97/99/2000/2001/2002/2003 & 2004.)
In 2002 David King was appointed Musical Director of the Massed Bands of the North West of England to perform in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He was also guest conductor at the World Expo, Switzerland 2002.
Regarded by his peers as a leading interpreter of wind music, Professor David King has commissioned, choreographed, directed and premiered award winning thematic projects for the concert platform working in collaboration with internationally acclaimed composers for the genre including Torstein Aagaard Nilsen, Peter Graham, Philip Sparke, and Robin Dewhurst. Many of these works have been subsequently recorded commercially on both the Polyphonic and Egon labels.
April 2009 saw Professor King take up the position of Professional Conductor with the World Famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.
Principal Guest Conductor: Garry Cutt
Since graduating in the early 1980s, Garry Cutt has developed a reputation as one of the banding worlds most respected and successful conductors.
A 17 year relationship with the Marple Band resulted in many of Garry's early contest successes. The hat-trick of 4th prizes during 1992/3/4 and their British Open victory of 1996 are some of the most remarkable results in the history of the contest. This was Garry's second "Open" title, having previously guided the Kennedy's Swinton Band to their 1989 win and at the same time, becoming the youngest winning conductor in the competition's history and the very first recipient of The Mortimer Maestro Award.
In 1991 Garry was appointed Musical Director to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, a position he held for twelve years. The phenomenal impact of the film "Brassed-Off" resulted in Garry leading the band on sell-out tours, notably Australia on three occasions and performing in that iconic building, Sydney Opera House. Other overseas trips have included Japan, New Zealand. Hong Kong and in April 2003 band and conductor made their debut in New York's Carnegie Hall!
Six victories at the Brass in Concert Championships based in the North East have led to Garry's enviable reputation on the concert platform. In September 2003, he was awarded the Iles Medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians in recognition of his services to the Brass Band Movement.
The history books of the Fodens Richardson Band were dramatically re-written in September 2004, when after several near misses, the Band now led by Garry took their first British Open victory since 1964, for Garry, his third Mortimer Maestro award! He took up the position of their Professional Conductor as from January 1st 2005 and since then has added two North West Area titles, English National winners 2006 and International Masters Champions 2007.
Between 2000 and 2005, Garry was the Associate Conductor of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, working closely with his dear friend and mentor, Elgar Howarth. More recently after a brief spell back at Grimethorpe as Professional Conductor, Garry has now taken up a similar role with the Fairey Band based near Stockport. Early in 2013 Garry accepted the invitation to become the Brighouse and Rastrick Band's Principal Guest Conductor.