New Conductor – Jonathan Mott appointed MD – April 2017
MK Brass is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Mott as the band’s new MD, following the resignation of Bob Stradling, in January 2017.
Jonathan started playing a brass instrument at the age of 7, following his father, grandfather and great grandfather into banding. His early playing, and conducting experience all came within the Salvation Army. In 1992, he left Kettering SA Band and subsequently played with William Davis Construction Group Band, NSK RHP Ransome Band and Travelsphere Holidays (GUS) Band. As a player he has worked with many of the leading brass band conductors of our time and his playing experience has involved all the major national competitions, many concerts and overseas tours, numerous broadcasts and several CD recordings.
Jonathan Mott has been conducting brass bands since 2005 when he gave up full time playing (the first time). He has been the Musical Director of the Wolverton Town Band (2005-6), Raunds Temperance Band (2006–8) and Enderby Band (2008-12) as well as making guest appearances with many other Bands. Jonathan was the Musical Director of the all female charity band ‘Boobs & Brass’ having lead them to their first attempt at the Whit Friday Marches in 2007 through to their highly successful massed band concert with The Brighouse & Rastrick Band in Huddersfield Town Hall in 2008.
With Enderby Band, Jonathan recorded their first CD, achieved several good contest results including two wins, and put on some innovative concerts. Unfortunately, ill health forced an end to his successful time with Enderby in May 2012.
By September 2012 Jonathan was getting bored at home recuperating and went to a Virtuosi GUS rehearsal to “sit in”. This resulted in a further three years of playing from which he retired, for a second time in February 2016. Since then Jonathan has made guest appearances both as player and conductor with various bands and was delighted to accept the position of MD with MK Brass in April 2017.
MK Brass’ Past MD’s
(MK Brass MD: Aug 2016 – Jan 2017)
Bob Stradling is a conductor and player with over 50 years experience in the brass band movement. At age 14, Bob was principal cornet of championship section Cwmbran Band. He progressed through the National Youth Band of Great Britain to London Collegiate Brass. Following university, Bob joined the Hanwell Band and rose to principal cornet. A move to the Midlands saw him play with many of the Midland’s leading bands. Highlights have included prizes at the British Open and Albert Hall on soprano with Jaguar Cars (City of Coventry) and a Nationals 1st section win with Kibworth.
Having conducted intermittently since his teenage years Bob only took up the “baton” seriously in 2011. As Musical Director Bob led Daventry Brass from the 3rd section to 1st section with two Area wins in four years, He has worked with, and learned much from, many of the country’s leading band conductors including Eric Ball, John Berryman, Geoffrey Brand, Ray Farr, Philip Harper, Roy Newsome, Bram Tovey, Professor Walter Hargreaves and Rob Wiffin.
Bob frequently plays solo euphonium with Ibstock Brick Brass. He also guests as a euphonium player and conductor with a wide range of bands.
(MK Brass MD: 2011 – 2016)
Craig was appointed MK Brass’ MD in 2011, and at his first Area Contest in March 2012 lead the band to 2nd place and a National Finals place. More recent successes include 1st place at SCABA’s Crawley contest in 2015, and 3rd Place in the Butlin’s Mineworker’s contest, 2016
He started his musical life in the Salvation Army learning the cornet with his father, and subsequently began the trumpet at the Royal College of Music junior department age 12. Before he left at 18 he had won the French Besson national trumpet competition, been in the brass final of BBC young musician and passed his ARCM diploma.
Continuing his trumpet studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester he was awarded the Iles Medal for orchestral playing, was drafted by his teacher Howard Snell to play soprano, flugel and cornet both with Brittania Building Society and CWS Glasgow bands.
As Principal Trumpet of Nemo Brass Quintet Craig achieved first prize in international chamber music competitions in the UK, France and Germany. Nemo have given performances in Germany, France, Finland, Japan and USA with live recordings on BBC Radio 2,3 , Classic FM, Radio France and Finnish Radio.
Craig’s first performance as a conductor was at the Liverpool Empire, in front of an audience of around 2000 people. This was with the UK tour of Les Miserables where he was assistant MD and principal trumpet.
As well as conducting the winning performance at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britian in the third section, Craig can also be seen performing in West End theatre orchestras.
(MK Brass MD: 1998-2011)
Paul started his musical career at the age of 6 taking piano lessons with Marjorie Ringham and playing cornet in the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Youth Band.
On leaving school, Paul joined the Band of Her Majesty’s Life Guards and spent six years with the band. On leaving the Life Guards, he spent the next three years playing professionally in London, before accepting a teaching post with the London Borough of Brent’s Music Service.
In 1984, Paul set up ‘Regent Brass’ to cater for young adult players who had left the educational orbit of Brent Education Authority, but wanted to keep playing. Regent Brass had a meteoric rise in the brass band world, winning the 3rd Section National Title in 1988 and becoming a Championship Section Band just 6 years after their formation.
Paul accepted the position of musical director of ‘Broseley Brass’ in 1998 and, under his leadership, Broseley Brass rose from the 3rd to the Championship Section.
Paul was appointed Head of the Brent Music Service in 1994 and over the past thirteen years has helped raise the profile of music education in all Brent schools. Paul’s teaching skills were recognised in 2004 when he was awarded ‘The Mortimer Medal’ by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to brass education.
In his spare time, Paul still plays Trombone in a Blues Brothers cover band with three of his ex-pupils and enjoys the trials and tribulations of supporting Watford FC.