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about

Hexham Brass plays a wide range of music from traditional hymns and marches to show tunes and film music. The band is open to players of all abilities.

 

Hexham Brass was founded in 2010 by the late Sue Murrill. Sue worked tirelessly to establish a brass band in Hexham and the reputation of the band in the local area is testament to her dedication.

 

Sue had a gift for bringing out the best in every member of the band, whether they were beginners or established players and the confidence she instilled has allowed Hexham Brass to go from strength to strength. We will miss her dearly as a conductor but even more so as a friend. Hexham Brass will continue to honour Sue's memory as we continue forward.

 

Conductor - Frank O'Connor

Frank studied french horn at Trinity College of Music London. On leaving he taught as a peripatetic brass teacher before moving into the classroom, where he was Director of Music at three Secondary Schools in London and Bristol.

 

Frank is an experienced choir master and orchestral conductor. He has been the Musical Director of several amateur orchestras including the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra and Keynsham Orchestra. He was guest conductor with Ealing Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Sinfonia with whom he was also principal horn.

 

On moving to Ireland in 2012 he became Musical Director of The Skibbereen Silver Band where he saw the them progress to Intermediate level. He also started a junior band in Skibbereen that is now thriving and participating in contests and giving concerts.

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Founder of Hexham Brass, the late Sue Murrill.

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Frank O'Connor conducting the band.