Sunday Bandstand 13 September 2020

Sunday Bandstand 13 September 2020

Christopher Houlding's roots are in Brass Bands. A former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Chris toured Japan with the London Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Denis Wick while still studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and became Principal Trombone of the Orchestra of Opera North at the age of 21. Having appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK Symphony orchestras, he continues to perform regularly with Superbrass, The Symphonic Brass of London, Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber, MusikFabrik and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

Professor of Trombone and Brass Ensemble at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany and Visiting Tutor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he has also served as Head of Brass at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Senior Tutor in Brass and International Visiting Tutor at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music. He is a regular guest Professor with the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester, European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

As Conductor of the Guildhall & Folkwang Brass Bands, he also has a long association with the RNCM and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Bands including performances at Whit Friday Competitions, in Norway and numerous RNCM Festivals of Brass. He has also assisted brass band development at Manchester's Chetham's School of Music and has worked as Guest Conductor with Grimethorpe, Black Dyke, Brighouse, GUS and bands throughout the UK and Europe including NRW Youth Brass Band, Brass Band Düren, Brass Band Westfalen, Brass Band BlechKlang and Brass Band esBrassivo in Germany.

He has held appointments as Professional Conductor with numerous British brass bands including DUT Yorkshire Imperial (Winners 2005 National Championship First Section), Whitburn, Stocksbridge Engineering Steels, Dodworth Colliery and Polypipe Rossington and has conducted regularly at all major competitions including the British Open, National Championships, All England Masters and Brass in Concert.

He has given masterclasses and workshops throughout the world including New York, Rochester, Bern, St Petersburg, Oslo, Aarhus, Porto, Lausanne, Riga, Cordoba, Ankara and Budapest, appeared as guest artist at International Festivals in Washington, Las Vegas, Nashville, Stuttgart, Hannover, Scandinavia, Aachen and Rostock and as soloist with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and Durham Sinfonia. His Solo CD entitled 'Houlding his own' is issued on the SRC label while 'Houlding it together', a duet recording project with international colleagues, Joseph Alessi, Brett Baker, Jiggs Whigham, Carol Jarvis, Don Lucas, Niels Ole Bo Johansen, Ben van Dijk and Ansgar Striepens is available on the International Trombone Association website.

As Juror and Adjudicator, he has officiated at the British and Norwegian National Brass Band Championships, Music for Youth, International Wind Competition Moscow, Internationaler Wettbewerb Markneukirchen, Royal Overseas League Music Competition and leading Universities and Music Conservatories. A former President of the British Trombone Society and current Chairman of the International Trombone Association Executive Board, he continues to appear as soloist, conductor, and educator at events throughout the world and is featured regularly as a contributor to well-known Brass Journals.

Playlist  13 September 2020   

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Viva Birkinshaw - William Rimmer Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2005  'Essential Dyke Volume VI' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD208 - 2005
Kingdom of Dragons - Philip Harper  Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2010  'Regionals 2010' -CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD265 - 2010
River Dance - Bill Whelan arr. Ray Farr Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag Band (Norway) MD: Ray Farr - 1997  'Best by Farr' - Doyen Recording DOY CD 097 - 1997
Bring Him Home - Boubill / Schonberg arr. Keith Wilkinson Cornet Soloist Iain Culross with the Leyland Band MD: Leigh Baker - 2011  'Vanguard - Ian Culross' - CD - MCPS WOS044 - 2012
South Pacific - Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein  Fairey Band MD: Simon Stonehouse -2006  'Fairey Band in Concert' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD 224 - 2006
Fanfare, Romance and Finale - Philip Sparke Brass Band of Central Florida (USA) MD: Chad Shoopman - 2012  'Omnium Gatherum' - CD - Doyen DOYCD293 - 2012
Leona Polka - Leo Zimmermann arr. Keith Wilkinson Trombone Soloist Brett Baker with the Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2015  'Radio City' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD351 - 2015
Shine Down -Smiley / Gersmehl & Farrell arr. Andrew Blythe International Staff Band Of The Salvation Army BM: Stephen Cobb - 1997  'Manuscripts' - CD - SPS 114CD - 1997
Peter Schmoll Overture - Carl Maria von Weber arr. Howard Lorriman Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2011  'Fantastic Overtures Volume 4' - Obrasso Recording CD 942 - 2011
Nessun Dorma - Puccini arr. Simon Kerwin   Soprano Soloist Brian Evans with the British Aerospace Wingates Band MD: Michael Beevers - 2004  'Dedications' - CD - Kirklees Music - KRCD 1046 - 2004
Gladiator Barbarian - Hans Zimmer /Lisa Gerrard arr. Sandy Smith  Grimethorpe Colliery UK Coal Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2001  'Movie Brass' - CD - RCA Victor - 2001
The Winds Beneath My Wings - Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley arr. Darrol Barry  Trombone Soloist Derek Southcott with the Stocksbridge Brass Band MD: Christopher Houlding - 1993  'Facets' - CD - Kirklees Recording KRCD1011 - 1993 
True North - Kevin Norbury The Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2018  'For The World' - CD - SP&S CD414 - 2018
Jodrell Bank - Peter Yorke  Brass Band Schoonhoven (The Netherlands) MD: Erik Janssen - 1999  'Fabulous Brass' - CD - Molennar Edition  - MBCD 31.1064.72-E - 1999
Reflections in Nature - Robert Redhead Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Philip McCann - 2008  'Hymns' - CD - World of Sound SFZ 141 - 2008 
The Irish Blessing – Joyce Eliers Balack - arr. Stephen Bradnum Foden’s Courtois Band MD: Nicholas Childs – 2001  'Bridgewater Hall Live - Great Northern Brass Arts Festival' - CD - Egon Recording  SFZ 106 - 2001
Under Two Flags - Bramwell Coles  The Household Troops Band Of The Salvation Army BM: Major John Mott - 2007  'Blue Book Favourites' - CD - SP&S  225CD - 2007
O Fortuna (Carmina Burana) - Carl Orff arr. Klaas van der Woude Sellers International Band  - Organist Simon Lindley MD: Philip McCann - 2004  'Somewhere in Time ' - CD - SP&S DOYCD184 - 2004
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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