Creetown Silver Band secure top tuba artist for concert and workshop

Les Neish will host a workshop and play in the concert
Les Neish will host a workshop and play in the concert

CREETOWN Silver Band have managed to secure a major coup for the area by inviting the world-renowned virtuoso tuba artist Les Neish to perform at The Cinema, Newton Stewart.

Not only this, but Les has agreed to host a workshop for budding brass players beforehand.

From 11am on the morning of Sunday, 10 June, youngsters are invited along to learn some tricks from Les, who has played the tuba around the world and has managed to prove that this instrument is not just the comedian at the back of the orchestra.

His endeavours as a tuba player have gained him recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout the global brass arena. His career has been extremely diverse with highlights including a performance at Millennium Park, Chicago and recording on an album with Sting.

BBC Radio’s Stephanie Hughes said of Les: “If ever there was a convincing advocate of the tuba, it’s Les. His playing reaches out from the stage, picks you up by the scruff of the neck and says listen to me.”

The concert will begin at 4pm at The cinema, Newton Stewart and there will be a £4 admission charge unless you have taken part in the workshop, which will cost just £2. Youngsters should be accompanied by an adult.

The day will consist of workshop and masterclass, lunch (included), and preparations for the concert.

If you’re interested in signing up, contact Stuart McNab on 01671 402542 or Jack Norgate on 01988 850251.