St Austell Band Club
Anna has been part of the St Austell Band organisation for over 20yrs. Anna joined the Youth Band at the age of 16 as she was already a member of the Kernow Brass Band who became part of the St Austell organisation in the 90s.
Over the years Anna has had the opportunity to play under some very experienced conductors that include; David Loukes, Roy Newsome, Richard Evans, Melvin White, Gareth Pritchard, and currently Steve Sykes. Anna is presently working alongside Steve Sykes in directing the St Austell Town Band; Anna is extremely thankful for this opportunity which is helping her learn more about the skills required to conduct at the top level.
Top of Anna’s Highlights of playing with St Austell Band is winning the Royal Trophy at the West of England Bandsmens Festival on two occasions, something she knows her dad would be very proud of. In addition to this the other highlight of playing was performing at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Championships of Great Britain 2005, something that Anna thought would only ever be a dream!
In 2016 Anna was able to tick another activity off her bucket list; she conducted the St Austell Youth Band at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival & the Youth Band won on that day! Anna hopes this will be the first of many successes for her as a conductor.
Anna lives and breathes brass band, spending every Saturday morning at the band room teaching and conducting the St Austell Youth Band, every Tuesday and Friday she is the first in for rehearsal, at least an hour before rehearsal starts, & is usually the last to leave and lock up!
When not in the band room Anna is out on the road travelling around Cornwall teaching brass to children aged from 5 – 18 for the Cornwall Music Service Trust.
David Nicholson was appointed as Resident Musical Director of the St. Austell Town Band in October 2017. He has been involved in Brass Banding for over four decades both as a player and conductor and his musical grounding was established almost exclusively as a result of his lifetime membership of The Salvation Army.
David commented recently that “…The Salvation Army has provided me with a wealth of musical experiences over the years and I have so much to be grateful for. Not too many I know have been given opportunities to conduct and to play to capacity audiences, at concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. I was privileged to conduct the Birmingham Citadel Band for nearly ten years, during which time we toured in North America and produced a number of CD recordings, in addition to completing the band’s busy round of routine activities in and around the UK. A particular highlight from my time with BCB, was to conduct and accompany Sir Cliff Richard in his traditional Christmas repertoire at the National Indoor Arena! The band was involved in this for a number of years and it was an eagerly anticipated event by all!
It was also a great honour to be a member of the International Staff Band for nearly five years, which afforded me the opportunity to play alongside and learn from some of the finest players around and participate in amazing tours to Canada and in Europe. A particular highlight of my musical life within the SA however, has been to instruct at many of the SA’s regional music schools. It’s a great thrill to work with young people in particular, play a part in their musical development and help them to achieve their musical potential”. David hopes to be able to bring all this experience to bear in his new role with the band and is excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead.
In his professional life David is an Executive with a Global IT company and he lives with his wife Sue, and their Irish Doodle Finn in Illogan, Cornwall.