We’ve a star in our ranks…

After months of solid evening rehearsals our new Project Manager, Ciaran, took part in the National Brass Band Championships as a key member of the renowned Brighouse & Rastrick Band – currently ranked third in the world!

Ciaran’s certainly no stranger to the baritone horn and has been performing in world class competitions for going on 10 years now. We were thrilled to hear, after a long day’s tooting, Brighouse & Rastrick finished in a very impressive third place overall – hats off to you, sir!

[UPDATE] – Check out Ciaran’s live performance on BBC’s Children In Need Special.

oOur man Ciaran, immediate right of centre, in front of the Royal Albert Hall

Of course, we were also extremely keen to hear Ciaran’s experience of the day and how he manages to handle the pressure of performing at the very top level.

“Preparing for a contest like this involves three solid weeks of evening rehearsals and personal practice,” he explains. “That means playing the same piece of music over and over until it’s systematically precise. Without this level of dedication, I would be nowhere near as confident to be on stage in front of hundreds of people.  

“On the day, you have to be able to concentrate and focus on the basics of playing, such as breathing well, staying relaxed and listening to the band around me. This ability to stay calm under pressure is probably why I cope well with project management!”

rah2016Brighouse & Rastrick Band performing on stage

What’s next for the band?

The show’s not over just yet. Ciaran’s back at the Royal Albert Hall in November to play at the Children In Need ROCKS concert, rubbing shoulders with Take That, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and many others. He’s even promised us a few nice autographs for the office…