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Gordon began his musical career at the age of 9 under the tutorship of his father John Higginbottom and soon joined his first band Kearsley Silver (Near Bolton, Lancs.) His first move was to Besses Boys Band until he graduated to the seniors, Besses o´ th´ Barn. From there he became a member of the famous CWS (Manchester) Band under Alex Mortimer, and was appointed Principal Horn at the age of 15 yrs! Leaving CWS to get married, Gordon moved Wingates Temperance and was a member of their Quartet which won the British Championship, Gordon receiving the award of outstanding instrumentalist of the Championship. The next part of Gordons career saw him appearing with most top British Bands, and for 17 years was the principal Horn of The James Shepherd Versatile Brass. He was also principal Horn of many all star bands, including : Harry Mortimers All Stars, The National Band (Geoffrey Brand), Invicta Concert Brass (Eric Banks), Celebrity Brass (Derek Broadbent) and The Virtuosi Brass Band of Gt. Britain (various conductors) Many broadcasts on radio, and television, recordings and solo appearances took place during this period, when he ´championed´ the Tenor Horn (and other instruments !) His impressive list of Solo appearances include: The European Gala Festival (twice), Royal Albert Hall Nationals Gala Concert (three times), The Royal Festival Hall with the Massed Bands of the Guards, The British Open - before the results (Twice), even the National Eisteddfod of Wales ! Internationally, he has toured as soloist / tutor / adjudicator and lecturer, visiting such countries as America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Pakistan, Sweden and Switzerland. Gordon has been Professor at London College of Music, tutor at Leeds College of Music, Salford College, and The Royal Northern College of Music, where he is currently an external examiner - being SEA re-accredited upon his return from Spain. He has also resumed teaching at Salford College. He was also tutor to the National Youth Bands of Wales and Switzerland for many years. Composers such as Eric Ball, Frank Bryce, John Golland, Mike Hopkinson, Roy Newsome, Bill Relton, Goff Richards, Howard Snell, Philip Sparke and Bram Wiggins have all dedicated compositions to him. Until moving to Spain, Gordon was a member of the National Adjudicators Panel, and has officiated throughout Europe and America, including the Swedish, Swiss, Norwegian and Danish Nationals. Apart from his vast experience in Brass Bands, Gordon was also a member of the Wallace Collection, piloting the Cyfarthfa Project . He was in a BBC studio Big Band for 3 years, and also played on the sound track of the hit Madonna movie, Evita . Gordon also had the honour of playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the first ever performance of Prokofiev´s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution at the Royal Festival Hall. His TV appearances for BBC & ITV cover many years, ranging from guest solo appearances, spectaculars, and dramas to soaps. In 1999 Gordon was awarded the English Masters award at Cambridge, (presented by Edward Gregson) After a move to Spain, where he directed Wind and Brass bands for 13 years, Gordon returned to the UK in November, 2011 Currently he is busy Composing and arranging, his music being published by Kirklees Music (Brighouse).
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