Blackpool Brass are pleased to announce that Len Charnock has accepted the position of Musical Director.
Len started playing aged 13 with Eccles Borough Band and soon moved on to the Solo Euphonium position due to his work ethic and technique. After 5 years at Eccles, he then moved on to Darwen Band under Gordon Clough and enjoyed much success as they progressed from 3rd Section to Championship Section in 4 years. After a brief spell with the Fairey Band, where he won the North West Area and played in his first British Open, Len caused a few raised eyebrows when he became the first top section player to join the little known 4th Section Swinton Concert Brass. This proved to be an inspired move and he was an integral player in Swinton's meteoric rise to the top section where he learnt so much as a player and musician under the direction of the legendary David King.
Len went on to win countless contests and soloist prizes with this band, including the British Open, North West Area and North of England solo and quartet prizes. He has also enjoyed playing for other well-known bands including Yorkshire Imps and Wingates and played as guest soloist for many bands including Kew Band in Melbourne.
In his latter years as a player with the Longridge Band, Len took up the role of Bandmaster and enjoyed the experience so much he decided to move into conducting. He accepted the position of Musical Director with Pilling Band and in his first contest, they qualified for the National Finals and gained promotion. He continued to build on his initial success over the next 3 years, winning several more contests and rarely being out of the prizes.
Blackpool Brass are now looking forward to a happy and hardworking partnership with Len in the busy concert schedule planned before Christmas and preparing for Preston Contest and the North West Area in early 2019.