Brass master class – 20th May Bushell Hall

Spring brass master class

Please find details below of an exciting event which is taking place at Bushell Hall on Sunday 20th May. Students from Solihull Youth Brass Band are taking part in a masterclass with Mark Wilkinson, who is one of the UK’s leading cornet players. Entry to the afternoon masterclass is free of charge, and the day’s events will conclude with an evening concert showcasing Solihull Youth Brass Band, Shirley Band and Mark Wilkinson as guest soloist. It promises to be a fantastic musical event for performers and audience alike. Further details can be found below.


Cornet virtuoso Mark Wilkinson, the principal cornet of one of the UK’s top brass bands, the Fodens Band, is to hold a free masterclass for brass players in Solihull on Sunday 20 May. The masterclass is being organised by Shirley Band and Solihull Youth Brass Band (part of Solihull Music Service), who later in the day will be accompanying guest soloist Mark in concert at the two bands’ Spring Brass Explosion, which is due to be held at Solihull School. Shirley Band is conducted by David Hirst and Solihull Youth Brass Band is conducted by Richard Bull.

Mark, who has been principal cornet of Fodens since 1992, is Visiting Cornet Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, cornet tutor with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and has performed as a soloist all over the world.

Brian Johnson, Shirley Band’s secretary said: “We’re really excited that Mark is joining us in concert for our Spring concert, which we’re also delighted to share with Solihull Youth Brass Band. We’d certainly encourage brass players, music teachers and parents to come to the masterclass and concert, in what I’d expect to be one of the musical highlights of the year.”

Richard Bull, conductor of Solihull Youth Brass Band, added: “Being part of another musical collaboration with Shirley Band will be exciting and inspiring for our students and one which Solihull Music Service really values. We are also very fortunate to be joined by Mark Wilkinson, and I know that each and every brass player at the masterclass and concert will benefit from Mark’s musicality.”

The concert will begin at 6.15pm and the masterclass will be from 3pm. The two events will be held at Solihull School, Bushell Hall, 793 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 3DJ. Concert tickets are priced £8 (adults), £6.50 (students / OAPs) & free to children under 12.

To sign up for a free place on the masterclass and to buy concert tickets for the concert, go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shirleyband Call Mob 0772 5551374 or on the door.20 May - final poster small (1).jpg