What we offer
As one of the world’s finest brass bands, the KNDS Fairey Band is renowned for its high level of musicality and expertise. Playing an eclectic style of music ranging from the more traditional hymns and marches, to popular classics, jazz and film music and both original traditional and contemporary brass band repertoire, the band prides itself on delivering exciting and emotional performances to cater to a range of different audiences and events.
The versatility of the band has been explored and demonstrated in the wide array of events at which we perform, which include not only traditional style brass band concerts, but also accompanying professional theatre productions (including the Rambert Ballet and The Gary Clarke Company), a range of high-profile media events and of course our Acid Brass engagements. The band strives to bring a fresh approach to our audiences and continue to blend the traditional with the innovative and we welcome joint ventures with other bands, choirs and musical groups, smaller group and private engagements and we can also provide and support training and youth development events.
Music to Film
Innovation is at the heart of what the KNDS Fairey Band offer and most recently the band has collaborated with Aardman to exclusively bring the Academy Award® winning short film Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, with soundtrack performed by brass band, to audiences across the UK. Following the success of the film’s premiere with brass band in July 2022 at the iconic Stockport Plaza theatre, the band are currently bringing the joy and adventures of Wallace & Gromit to audiences across the country in an exclusive tour. So far, venues have included Birmingham Town
Hall, The Royal Northern College of Music and Durham Festival of Brass with more dates (*need a link to the events page*) being announced for 2024. Audiences can expect a performance promising fun for all the family with a short concert by players from the band, followed by the fantastic film, with original score by Julian Nott arranged and performed by the KNDS Fairey Band. Following the success of the first film, the band have since followed this with an exclusive showing of Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas in December 2023 to continue to strive to bring fresh musical ideas and engaging performances to a younger audience.
The KNDS Fairey Band in Concert
Fairey’s in the Media
The KNDS Fairey Band is not only in demand on the concert stage but our music is often seen and heard on television and radio due to the band’s versatility and eclecticism. Our Acid Brass recordings have been used as incidental music for the BBC’s ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’ and ‘The Last Miners’ programmes and as part of an advert in the build up to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and the band has performed specifically for a variety of television shows.
Our most recent performances have seen the band perform at two totally contrasting events for ITV and the BBC. In May 2022 the band performed the National Anthem and introduced Becky Hill at The National Lottery’s Big Jubilee Street Party at the AO Arena, alongside other celebrity guests, Ella Henderson, Mark Owen and Steps, at an event to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Prior to this the band added a touch of nostalgia to the Coronation Street theme tune as part of a new BBC music series called The Sound of TV. Presented by the composer and international concert pianist Neil Brand, and produced by the award-winning Brook Lapping company in London, the series saw the band perform on the famous ‘cobbles’ of the iconic Manchester show.
Another of the band’s recent television appearances was for Sky Arts’ Brass Band Wonderland in the unique and impressive venue of Peak Cavern in the Peak District. This was an opportunity for the band to link up with renowned artists such as Russell Watson, Collabro, Jason Manford and The Hackney Colliery Band. The event is an example of The Fairey Band continuing to deliver brass band music to new audiences and also demonstrates the band’s ability to provide high class music making in a range of genres.
The band also features regularly on Scala Radio, with our first socially-distanced video recording of the hymn tune Slane specifically capturing the imagination of listeners over lockdown and being voted one of the highlights of the year and featuring as part of their musical advent calendar.
Youth Development and Training Days
The KNDS Fairey Band is passionate about its role in developing players of the future and is regularly requested to support and run workshops and training days with a variety of musical groups. Not only are our tutors top quality musicians, they also have a vast range of experience in working in music education, including though tutoring in national and international brass band summer schools and training events and as classroom and peripatetic music teachers. Training days are tailored to the requirements of your organisation and can take a variety of formats, including leading full rehearsals and/or sectionals and masterclasses, providing one to one lessons and preparing a programme which leads to a joint concert with the Fairey band. We are proud to have worked with various groups across Greater Manchester over the last few years including our annual training day and workshop with the Stockport Schools’ Bands. The band continues to find new ways of engaging with developing musicians, including a joint venture with Brass Bands England to inspire young performers online through lockdown.
Read some of our concert reviews:
This year, three of the works utilised 19th century hymn tunes reaching as far back as the early 1800s, with the lineage connection ending in 1995 with Martin Ellerby’s ‘Euphonium Concerto’. Like Black Dyke the night before, it was a programme that perfectly suited the band’s persuasively blended sense of musicality.
The band's professional conductor, Russell Gray led the first half entertainment, and after the march and overture, ‘Beaufighters’ and ‘Ruslan & Lyudmila’ respectively, it was clear that the band was in fine form and intent on enjoying themselves.