We caught up with one of the cornet players from the Rothwell Temperance Band, Liam Spedding, ahead of the band's performance at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 25 April 2020 as part of the Leeds Best of Brass 2019/20 series.
How long have you played with the Rothwell Temperance Band?
For five and a half years.
What's the best thing about playing in a brass band?
Personally, I love contesting. Rehearing a test piece that is then performed in a competition. The feeling after the last note finishes is immense.
What’s your highlight so far with the Rothwell Temperance Band?
Winning the Grand Shield in 2015.
How did you get involved with playing a brass instrument?
Both of my parents play brass instruments, and they were very keen to get me interested in banding from an early age. Before I started playing my parents played for Lofthouse 2000. The band had just formed a junior band, of which my dad was the conductor. I remember my parents bringing me to a rehearsal one morning, just to listen. However, I found myself with a cornet in my hand joining in the junior band rehearsal.
What was your earliest musical experience?
Being given my first cornet by my parents.
Who has been your biggest influence?
Do you enjoy practising or find it a chore?
I haven’t always enjoyed practicing. However, I have found that the more I improve as a player, I can start playing more difficult music such as cornet solos. I just enjoy playing in general.
Were your parents musical?
Yes. My mum plays cornet & flugel and my Dad plays BBb bass.
What piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
The piece that I enjoyed playing the most was Triumph of Time by Peter Graham at the British Open. The ending of that piece is awesome.
What’s the best and worst things about performing?
The best thing about performing is the rush of adrenaline you get after a good performance. The worst thing about performing at contests are all the late night rehearsals leading up to a contest. We might get 2 nights off in the 2 weeks prior to the contest.
What can the audience expect from a performance by the Rothwell Temperance Band?
To be entertained by some very good music performed by some very good musicians.
View the Leeds Best of Brass 2019/20 brochure online
Leeds Best of Brass Series 2019/20:
Saturday 19 October 2019 - Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Saturday 16 November 2019 - Tredegar Town Band
Saturday 7 December 2019 - Leyland Band
Saturday 18 January 2020 - Black Dyke Band
Saturday 8 February 2020 - Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Saturday 7 March 2020 - Foden's Band
Saturday 4 April 2020 - Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Saturday 25 April 2020 - Rothwell Temperance Band