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Paul Duffy playing at Oxted Band's Autumn Concert

posted 25 Jun 2011, 01:16 by Admin   [ updated 25 Jun 2011, 01:32 ]
Oxted Band are delighted to announce that our Guest Soloist for our Autumn Concert will be Paul Duffy, Soprano Cornet with the world renowned Black Dyke Band.

The Autumn Concert will take place on Saturday October 22nd at 7:30, at St John's Church in Hurst Green, near Oxted, Surrey.


(photos courtesy of John Stirzaker)

At the age of 7, Paul began to play the cornet with St Helens Youth Brass Band conducted by Lynda Nicholson. Lynda is a former Principal Cornet player of the Oxted Band and was our first 'Stars of Brass' soloist back in 1992.

Lynda taught Paul from an early age for 10 years, and this developed to him playing principal cornet with the Haydock Band from St Helens. In 2003 Paul auditioned for and joined the National Youth Brass Band Of Great Britain, and in 2007 became principal cornet and leader of the band. During this time Paul played principal cornet on their latest CD release 'Masters Of Space And Time' and won the highly prestigious Harry Mortimer solo award.

Paul has been playing with the Black Dyke Band since 2006, moving to soprano cornet in 2007. He studied music technology at the University of Salford, where he also studied jazz trumpet with Neil Yates. Currently, Paul is studying a Master's degree in Music for the Moving Image at Leeds Metropolitan University.

(photos courtesy of John Stirzaker)

Now Paul is creating an impressive reputation for himself on soprano cornet, enjoying his first success with the band in October 2008 when they won their 21st National Championship. Paul was voted Black Dyke Bandsman of the Year for 2008, described by Dr Nicholas Childs as “a person who has shown incredible diligence in developing into an extraordinary talent.” This coveted award is voted for by the players of the band, and always reflects a player who is held in consistently high esteem by their peers throughout the year.

Paul takes great enjoyment and shows great enthusiasm to making music. He is keen to pass on his enthusiasm and knowledge to others as a brass educator and as a cornet tutor with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.