The player who most reminds me of John Fletcher today is Les Neish
Bramwell Tovey (International Conductor)
From a performance at Millennium Park, Chicago and recording on an album with pop star Sting, Les Neish has created a career as a tuba soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout the world. With a schedule that takes him out of the country every month he has built a career around his wonderful musicianship, artistry and communication.
He became the first tuba player to be awarded the Worshipful Com
any of Dyers Award for Wind and Brass at the Royal Overseas League Competition and per
ormed the first solo tuba recital at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. As a soloist he has recorded two award winning solo albums and his third Affinity will be released in July 2016. Away from solo performance, Les is part of the tuba section of the world famous, American based, Brass Band of Battle Creek and as a chamber musician is a member of the Fine
Arts Brass Ensemble, a group with a 30 year history having performed in over 60 countries.
Alongside his international travel Les is tuba tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, RNCM Junior School, Salford University and Birmingham Conservatoire. He has also given masterclasses at the Trinity College and Royal Academy of Music, London. He has served as tutor on the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and Switzerland.