Celebrating 85 years of outstanding music making, Virtuosi GUS Band performs brass band favourites including Carmichael's Stardust at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 17 November.
Under the baton of Musical Director Adam Cooke, Virtuosi GUS Band will perform Parry’s stunning hymn tune Myfanwy, Hefti’s lively jazz classic Cute and Carmichael’s 1927 popular song Stardust featuring trombone soloist Chris Jeans. The programme also features Ball’s reflective Resurgam, Sharpe’s Spanish inspired Blades of Toledo and Code’s rousing Zelda (Caprice) featuring cornet soloist Thomas Fountain.
Originally from Ireland, Adam Cooke moved to England to study Music at the University of Manchester, before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating from the Guildhall he has worked regularly as a conductor, being engaged by many of the leading ensembles in the brass and wind movements in the UK and further afield. In 2013 Adam was runner-up in the European Conductor Competition in Oslo winning the prize voted for by the musicians, and later that year accepted an invitation to take up the role as Musical Director with the Virtuosi GUS Band. In 2017 Adam was the winner of both the Jury Prize and Bursary voted for by the players in the ESB Feis Ceoil Conducting Competition. In 2018 Adam accepted the position of Resident Conductor with the Stavanger Brass Band and will relocate to Norway later this year.
Despite a number of name changes through the years, Virtuosi GUS Band is a driving force of brass banding in the Midlands. The band is the current Midland Region champion, a title it has claimed for the last five years in a row. Thousands have applauded the band in concert, and the Midlanders have dented the Northern pride of Yorkshire and Lancashire, traditionally the home of brass bands, by winning no less than six national titles, the British Open Championship and being proclaimed World Champion. This year the band is celebrating 85 years of outstanding music making with a story which had its beginning in a small Northamptonshire shoe factory.
Acclaimed as the finest series of brass band concerts in the world, the Leeds Best of Brass series 2018/19 consists of eight concerts all taking place at Morley Town Hall. The series features the World Famous Black Dyke Band (9 Feb 19), Yorkshire’s own Hammonds Saltaire Band (19 Jan 19), the innovative Reg Vardy Band (8 Dec 18), and the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world Brighouse & Rastrick Band (6 April 19).
Tickets for the Virtuosi GUS Band at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 17 November are priced at £12.50 (£10.50 concessions) and can be purchased from the Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online.
Book for the Virtuosi GUS Band at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 17 November.
View the Leeds Best of Brass 2018/19 brochure online.