New Bass Signings At Newstead

January 12, 2024
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January 12, 2024 Alex Seedhouse

Newstead Brass is pleased to welcome David Allcock and Emma Palmer!

David began his playing career at Newstead Training Band aged 7. He grew up playing in local bands such as Bestwood Welfare Black Diamonds Brass Band and Long Eaton Silver Prize Band, as well as a 4 year period as a member of the National Children’s and Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain. After leaving the area to study at the University of Huddersfield, David has enjoyed a successful run at Skelmanthorpe Band on Principal Eb bass.

Having since graduated with a first class music degree, David has returned to Nottinghamshire for work and has been warmly welcomed back into the Newstead Brass bandroom.

Emma started her musical journey on clarinet aged 6, playing in wind ensembles throughout school and university. After working her way around the woodwind section Emma eventually settled on bass clarinet, until a shortage of local brass players saw Emma sent home with a tuba, a fingering chart, and a pad of music.

Emma, being completely self-taught on tuba, progressed up to senior wind band until her first taste of brass banding in a 2015 production of “Brassed Off” at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. Emma became hooked on the idea of joining a brass band and agreed to “help out” Ibstock Brick Brass at a contest later that year, where she stayed until her move to Oddfellows Brass in 2022.

After being a familiar face in our bass section throughout 2023, Newstead Brass is pleased to officially welcome Emma to the band!

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