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Marshall’s Italian Job

Last weekend saw Richard travel to Rome and work with the current European Challenge Section Champions, Italian Brass Band.

During the weekend Richard presented a masterclass as well as an in depth sectional with the bands cornet section.

Commenting on the trip Richard said “ What a friendly bunch of musicians. They are so keen to soak up any advice regarding brass bands and how to develop as a section”.

Vice-President Giovanni Celestino and conductor Filippo Cangiamila commented, “The goal of this masterclass was understanding what is the best way to approach the cornet.

After this weekend we can certainly say that there was a great improvement. The training experience for the cornet section of the Italian Brass Band with Richard Marshall has been illuminating from all points of view.  His thirty years of experience, his great competence and his musicality have greatly increased the knowledge about the ‘British Cornet Sound’ of the band. I hope we can take with us this ‘treasure’ for a long time!

Richard is not only a magnificent artist and a very serious teacher, but mostly a true FRIEND, a very kind person”.

To finish Richard performed as guest soloist with the band. And in his usual style left them amazed with flawless performances.

Richard Visits Altena Brass

Easter weekend this year saw Altena Brass accompany one of the greatest cornet players of the time, Richard Marshall, in their annual Easter concert. Previous concerts have featured famous soloists such as Ian Porthouse (Cornet, UK) and Bart Claessens (Principal Trombone, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra).

The weekend started with a morning workshop and afternoon masterclass for players from all over the region. Richard shared his theories and knowledge regarding technique and performance.

Principal Cornet of Brassband Rijnmond, Dik van Doorn recalled some of the topics of the workshop:“A group of about thirty cornet players attended the day to get an insight into Cornet playing, they were also curious to see what makes Richard the man and musician he is. It was my second encounter with Richard and this time I was more focused on the person and a bit less on the playing. The first time it was the other way round…

We had an enjoyable day and Richard talked to us about the basics of good playing and all of the routines we should do to eventually obtain stardom!! We took away from the day lots of performance preparation ideas but one really struck a chord with myself and the other delegates:

  • Prepare yourself to be the best you can, cornet playing is not bigger than life itself. At the end there is always friends and family to celebrate with.

Thinking back to the workshop, I realise that the secret of Richard’s superb playing may well be his balanced family life, his theories, and of course his preparation and basics.”

The evening saw Richard as guest soloist with the band. Altena Brass performed Fraternity, the test piece for the Europeans 2016. Richard showcased his talents in the first half of the concert in Philip Wilby’s Flight and Don’t Doubt Him Now. As a bonus Richard was part of the second half of the concert, playing Emerald Skies, All Night Long and Brooklyn, which saw Altena Brass perform the theatre show Space Chords.

Richard impressed all of the participants of the workshop. They enjoyed the day with an excellent tutor and superb cornet player! The concert was a big success and Altena Brass is really proud to have a new musical friend in Richard Marshall.

Rik Jansen

Dik van Doorn

Marshall visits Martlesham

Black Dyke’s principal cornet player visited Suffolk to present two workshops and appear as guest soloist with Martlesham Brass in April.

Richard came to Martlesham Brass and spent the day in sunny Suffolk hosting workshops with our 100 members. The morning session was held with our Main Band where he took us through his way of approaching new music, and demonstrated various playing and breathing techniques.

In the afternoon he worked with our training bands where he answered a whole host of questions, inspiring our next generation of players and showing what an amazing talent he has.

He was our guest soloist in our evening concert, where he wowed our packed audience with gorgeous slow melodies, a beautiful duet with our Band President, Bruce, and finished off with the wonderful Zelda.

“Richard was truly inspirational, an amazing cornet player but with a way of putting things simply for all ages to consume. He put everyone at ease from the moment he arrived. Everyone really enjoyed having a session with him, and lots of asked when he will be back. Can’t wait to have another session with him.”

Mark Chalklen

Black Dyke stars visit Douai Academy

Following Black Dyke’s annual concert for the Sheffield Salvation Army, it was straight down to Birmingham Airport for Richard and Gary Curtin, as they flew out the following morning to deliver their expertise as soloists and advise youngsters through to adults, at the Douai Academy.

The whole day was supported by Besson and was the result of two brass bands from the North of France, Brass Band Nord-pas-de-Calais and Brass Band Douai. The choice of repertoire tested the three brass bands (a baby brass band, junior band and an advanced band) plus for the delegates to be able to listen to the outstanding talents of Richard and Gary both deliver a virtuosic solo and a slow melody, they really began to understand the concept of improving brass band sound and technique.

A quote from Jean-Lic Petitprez, the academy organiser, summed up the whole day. “To have two eminent brass band names as Richard Marshall and Gary Curtin in touching distance of many French brass band enthusiasts was a great experience – see you again next year!”

Following the long and successful day, it was up bright and breezy in time for Richard and Gary to fly back to the UK for Black Dyke’s concert at The Derngare Theatre, Northampton.

Swiss National Brass Band Championships 2015

To be invited to adjudicate a National Brass Band Championship is an honour, and at the end of November, Richard flew to Montreux to adjudicate Switzerland’s finest.

Accompanying Richard in the box for the weekend was Ray Farr and Erik Jansen and it was their job to adjudicate the fourth, third and Championship Set Test.

The pieces chosen for the competition challenged each section (Parnassus by Jan Van der Roost – fourth section, Turris Fortissima by Steven Ponsford – third section and The Triumph of Time by Peter Graham – Championship Set Test).

The standard of performance on show throughout all the sections adjudicated showed maturity and frightening virtuosity – especially in Peter Graham’s Triumph of Time, that was written for Black Dyke in 2014.

A good weekend was had and for Richard it was enjoyable to see and witness brass banding from the other side of a box!

Guest Soloist with Brass Band Berner Oberland

Only two weeks after Richards visit to Switzerland as an adjudicator for the Swiss National Brass Band Championships, he was there again this time visiting Brass Band Berner Oberland as their guest soloist. Below is a review of Richards visit by their conductor, Corsin Tuor.

Richard Marshall, very famous contemporary cornet virtuoso, was engaged as guest soloist by Brass Band Berner Oberland (BBO) for their traditional advent concert on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at St. Paul’s Church in the Swiss Capital Bern. According to his outstanding reputation, he excelled in five different cornet solo. The highlight of this concert was the “Cornet Concerto“ by Dr. Denis Wright with Richard as the soloist displaying great virtuosity, style and brilliance. In the other solo pieces of this concert, “Pastorale“ (Peter Graham),  “Ave Maria“ (Bach/Gound) and “Candlelight Carol“ (John Rutter), Richard showed his high-level of lyricism. As an encore, especially arranged for for this concert, was my version of  “Silent Night”. Richard could finally enjoy the applause of the enthusiastic audience.

Besides the rehearsals and the concert, Richard took the time for a workshop for members of the BBO and their Junior Band. He responded to questions of the participants in a very friendly and competent way and demonstrated again his excellent expertise and skills on the cornet. Furthermore, three BBO cornet players could benefit from individual lessons with Richard.

The visit of Richard was a great expierence for all of us and also for all concert visitors and will be remembered for a long time. I would like to thank you very much, Richard!

Corsin Tuor – Conductor, Brass Band Berner Oberland