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Repiano Cornet-Stuart Burnley

At the age of 7 Stuart had suffered with Bronchial Asthma for several years, and after a particularly bad attack the family doctor said he needed to expand his lungs, and that a good way to do this was by swimming or by joining a brass band. Little did that family doctor realise what wonderful musical experiences his words would enable him to embark on! Shortly afterwards his father enrolled him in the Bradford Boys Brass Band, thus started his musical career.

 

At 15 years old you had to leave the band and move on, so the next couple of years saw Stuart playing with Bradford Victoria Silver Band, Yorkshire Transport Band and Black Dyke Junior Band. Work and family commitments caused a few years break in playing but a move to Tenby, South Wales gave an opportunity to play once again, and he became solo cornet in Tenby Brass Band. The band went from strength to strength and it wasn't long before three of his four daughters were also playing in the band.

 

Singing also became a major part of Stuart's life as a member of the newly-formed Tenby Male Choir. Within a couple of years they were finalists in the Welsh Choir of the Year competition in Cardiff, and this was followed by numerous tours around the world. In particular Stuart recalls 1979 when they visited Gibraltar - little did he realise that 25 years later he would be living "just up the road" on the Costa Blanca! The choir went from strength to strength, releasing four albums and touring considerably, over the years visiting Holland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Malta, and the USA where they sang at Ground Zero New York.

 

Some months after moving to Spain Stuart started to miss his music so he looked around and found Just Brass, a band made up of top brass players who have retired to this part of Spain. He says he "managed to sneak in on 1st Tenor Horn" but hopes to have a good few years going back to his musical roots of brass bands, and has recently moved back on to playing cornet.

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