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Musical Director

Kevin Mackenzie BA (Hons) LRSM

Kevin Mackenzie

Kevin began playing with St Dennis Band on percussion in 1989 aged eleven. At the age of fourteen, he started learning the euphonium with Wayne McArthy and Terry Sleeman, playing in the youth band. In 1994 Kevin left St Dennis and joined Bodmin Town Band on euphonium and had an enjoyable couple of years under the direction of Howard Taylor. During this time Kevin became Principal Euphonium with Cornwall Youth Brass Band and also won many solo awards at local competitions.

In 1995, Kevin auditioned to be in the forces as a musician and secured the position on euphonium in the Coldstream Guards. This was not to be as back problems prevented him from joining. Later that year, he moved to Yorkshire to study for a BA (hons) in band studies and also achieved an ABRSM and LRSM in performance on the euphonium, gaining a distinction in both. Whilst at university, Kevin passed an audition for principal euphonium at Carlton Main Band, but eventually turned this down to become a member of Brighouse & Rastrick Band.

While at Brighouse, he played in around 180 concerts throughout the country, 12 CD recordings and an appearance on Japanese television. He was also part of winning performances at the Yorkshire Areas 1997, the National Finals 1997, Whit Friday 1998, the All England Masters 1998 and the Europeans 1998. Within this time, Kevin played in concerts with Grimethorpe, Fodens, Faireys, YBS and Black Dyke.

Kevin's skills and undoubted professionalism have provided new vigour to Camborne Town Band since he was appointed Musical Director in July 2008 after 18 months as the band's second euphonium player.

 

Professional Conductor

Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Born in Aldershot, the son of a regular soldier, Richard spent his first two years of his life in India. On return to England, the family moved to Preston, Lancashire. It was in nearby Leyland that he was introduced to the comet with the British Legion Band. Within three years Richard was the founder member of the National Youth Brass Band, becoming principal cornet under the direction of the late, great Harry Mortimer, OBE, CBE. Leaving his first band, he moved to the Leyland Motors Band (the original forerunner of the JJB Sports Leyland Band). National Service took Richard to Berlin, and on return to civilian life, he spent two years with the Black Dyke Mills Band.

However, it was in the art of conducting that Richard was to carve a brilliant career. Upon graduation from the Royal Northern School of Music, he began full time teaching and worked as a freelance trumpet player with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Mozart Orchestra, Syd Lawrence, and many other famous ensembles. During this period his conducting skills were being perfected in a vast theatre of experience, including brass bands, choral societies, and the directions of opera.

The year 1975 was to provide the milestone in Richard's career that would take him to the very top of his profession. While conducting Wigan Cecilian Choral Society, he was asked to audition for the position of Musical Director with the Wingate’s Temperance Band. He accepted the position and within three months he had won the British Open Championships at his very first attempt! 1976 saw him moving to the Fairey Engineering Band, continuing to gain a reputation for flair and innovative musical direction to the highest standard.At the beginning of 1978, Richard was recruited to rebuild the Leyland Vehicles Band with the specific remit of achieving the Championship status within three years. The band made history with their meteoric rise through the brass band super league.

The Worshipful Company of Musicians of the City of London rewarded Richard's prowess as conductor, teacher, adjudicator and movement leader in 1986 when he was the recipient of the J.Henry Iles Medal. He has worked with Bands all over the world, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Denmark. He proudly holds the post of Musical Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.

Richard first conducted Camborne at the 2006 Spring Festival in Blackpool and has since lead the band at many concerts at the Hall for Cornwall. Most recently, he lead the band to an excellent 8th place at the 2009 National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall - the band's best result at the contest for 19 years!

 

Professional Conductor

Ian Porthouse

Ian Porthouse

Ian Porthouse was born in Cumbria in 1967 into a family of musicians. His father, a cornettist and mother a pianist/singer. At the age of 5 he began to take an interest in his dads trumpet, before being banned from playing for a short while for losing his fathers best mouthpiece whilst playing outdoors!

Ian joined the Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band on 3rd cornet where his father was principal cornet, within 5 years he would take over on the end himself. Also around this time Ian became a founder member of the Cumbria Youth Brass Band under Richard Evans, who was to have a big impact on his musical career.

At the age of 16, Ian became the leader of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and led the band for 3 years in total. Richard Evans invited Ian to join the Leyland Vehicles Band in 1984 and within 6 months he was the new principal cornet at the age of 17. He went on to play with the Desford Colliery Band under James Watson, becoming National Champions 3 years in succession. Ian has appeared as guest soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on a TV soundtrack- Yorkshire Glory, conducted by Vernon Handley.

After living in New Zealand for a year and winning the national title with the St Kilda Band, Ian returned to the UK and became principal cornet with the Black Dyke Mills Band, winning another National title in 1993 and appearing as a soloist with them in the world famous Carnegie Hall- New York. Ian has been principal cornet with the Yorkshire Building Society Band, winning 3 European Championships and the British Open in 1997, at this contest Ian was awarded the prize as most outstanding soloist.

In 1998 Ian became musical director of the newly formed Pennine Brass, taking them from the 2nd section to the championship in 2 years. Ian gained another 2 National Championship wins with the Williams Fairey Band in 2002 and 2003 under Alan Withington.

As well as working for Rochdale Music Service, Ian is Director of Brass Band Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, tutor to the National Youth Brass Band and for the Band Studies Course at Accrington and Rossendale College, again working with Richard Evans.

Recent conducting projects include several concerts with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, M.D. of the 2008 European Youth Brass Band, Musical Director with Tredegar Town Band and Musical Director with the Hepworth Cookson Homes Band. Ian will make his debut with Camborne Town Band at the 2010 West of England Area Championships in Torquay where the band will aim to beat the curse of the contest and retain their title.

 

Professional Conductor

Garry Cutt

Garry Cutt

Since graduating in the early 1980's, Garry Cutt has developed a reputation as one of the banding worlds most respected and successful conductors.

His 17 year relationship with the Marple Band resulted in many of Garry's early contest success: A 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.

He was appointed Musical Director to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in 1991, 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, witnessed band and conductor, make their debut in New York's Carnegie Hall! He has an enviable reputation on the concert platform, cemented by six victories at Spennymoor's Brass in Concert.

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.

September of 2004 witnessed the history books of The Fodens Richardson Band being dramatically re-written. For the band and after several near misses, their 1st British Open victory since 1964, for Garry, his third Mortimer Maestro award! He took up the position of 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 - 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.

Garry has returned to Grimethorpe in the role of an Associate Conductor leading the band in their busy concert diary and when time permits he enjoys working as a guest conductor with numerous bands across the UK, Europe and Japan. He first worked with Camborne at the 2009 West of England Championships when he lead them to their first 'Area' victory in six years!