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Iles Medallist Russell Gray

Iles Medallist conductor and cornet star Russell Gray talks to Frank Renton about his award.

Recently awarded the Iles Medal for services to the brass band movement, conductor and cornet star Russell Gray looks back over his career so far with Frank Renton. He recalls the big move 'south of the border' from his home in Scotland, his first appearance in the Black Dyke rehearsal room and he remembers his inaugural concert with The Stavanger Brass Band, with an audience that included the King and Queen of Norway and a sizeable number of that country's wealthy oil industry, so no pressure there then!

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Philip Sparke

    Concerto For Cornet And Brass Band (1st Movement)

    Performer: Russell Gray. Performer: BNFL Band. Conductor: Richard Evans.
    • Solo.
  • Bowman

    12th Street Rag

    Performer: Leyland Band. Music Arranger: Richards. Conductor: Russell Gray.
    • Brass Machine.
    • Obrasso Records.
  • Allan Street

    Nott'num Town: Goose Fair

    Performer: Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Philip McCann.
    • The Concert Sound Of The John Foster Black Dyke Mills Band.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Excelsior Band


    • Songs Of The Auvergne.
  • Leonard Bernstein


    Performer: Foden’s Band. Music Arranger: Snell. Conductor: Russell Gray.
    • Overtures.
    • EGON.


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