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Published in Events on 2013-10-07 by Empty Chairs

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On Oct 13th 2013, at Long Eaton Silver Prize Band Club

The world famous James Shepherd Versatile Brass are to appear for the first time in many years at the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band Club.

The ensemble will be performing with a guest artist on the 13th October in Long Eaton. David Morris, the much vaunted world whistling champion will compere the concert and perform with the ensemble in what is sure to be an evening of truly world class entertainment.

Formed in 1972 Versatile Brass have performed around the world for over 40 years. Whilst the personnel have changed over the years the world class standard of the ensemble has remained as has James Shepherd himself who still performs with the group.

James is one of the most respected cornet/trumpet players in the world. He still has the distinction of being the only brass player to have won the coveted Champion Soloist of Great Britain award in 3 consecutive years and was principal cornet of the famous Black Dyke Mills Band for over 10 years before forming his Versatile Brass. Amongst his many accolades and awards he has been awarded the much coveted Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to music.

All ten of the ensemble members have been at the very highest level of brass playing in the UK for many years. In addition to James Shepherd the current line-up of the ensemble is littered with a dazzling array of world class soloists. Currently in the group, playing Lead cornet/trumpet is Rob Westacott (former principal cornet at Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick and Black Dyke) and Kevin Holdgate (former, principal trombone of Grimethorpe Colliery). Bass Trombonist Trevor Slade, played with Brighouse & Rastrick Band in the 1990’s but hails from the orchestral scene where he played with the BBC Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic and Halle Orchestras.

The name ‘Versatile’ was chosen to represent not only the virtuosity of the players, but also the variety of music that the ensemble perform. The repertoire represents over 400 years of music making, with every conceivable style represented with equal aplomb.

Tickets, which are priced at £6 (£5 concessions) can be obtained via the internet at, via Long Eaton Silver Prize Band or on the evening subject to availability.   

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