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Ian Brownbill is a musician and producer who has developed ideas with leading artists across disciplines and whose work takes him regularly across the UK, into Europe, North America and in 2008 to South Africa. Ian has enjoyed 35 years involvement in the world of brass banding. Widely regarded as a cornet player, he started playing with Pemberton Old and later with bands including Leyland DAF (where he played assistant principal cornet to the legendary, Phillip McCann), Black Dyke and YBS. He has won The Grand Shield, The Nationals, The British Open and European Championships (on four occasions) as a player. In 1995, playing flugel horn, he won all three of these titles in the same year with Black Dyke. As a conductor Ian led, Ifton Colliery, Rhos Silver and Milnrow to major prizes in National Finals and he also led one of his local bands in St Helens, ‘Haydock’ to the championship section culminating in qualification to the National Finals in 2003. A vastly experienced adjudicator Ian has regularly accepted invitations to work at The National Finals, The English Nationals, The Belgian Brass Band Championships, The British Open Spring Festival, The Scottish Open, National Youth Championships and The British Open Solo Championships Working with the UK's foremost screenwriter, Jimmy McGovern and theatre director, Jude Kelly OBE, in 2007, Ian realized his long held ambition to bring his King Cotton project to the stage. A production that drew musical inspiration from the industrial roots of the brass band and the plantation songs and spirituals of America's deep South, Ashton Brass Band featured in the nationally acclaimed first productions at The Lowry and Liverpool Empire. Ian is Director of ‘Engine’ an arts production company based at ArtWork, Salford.
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