Freemasons ANZAC Commemoration Service

On 8 April 2015 Addington played at the Freemasons United Forces Lodge No 245 annual ANZAC commemoration service held at Wigram Airforce Museum. Addington’s contribution was acknowledged in the most recent edition of the New Zealand Freemason magazine (Issue 2, 2015):

“Throughout the evening, the Lodge was fortunate to have fabulous musical support from the Addington Brass Band managed by Major Dave Clearwater (Retd) and the Lone Piper WBro Jim Gilmour. Many people  commented on how much more moving the whole ceremony was with the addition of professional and capable musicians and well drilled participants.”

Freemasons ANZAC Commemoration

Enjoy an Afternoon with Addington!


Come and join Addington brass for a wonderful afternoon of brass band classics! We’ll be playing a varied selection of music from familiar composers such as Mozart and Tchaikovsky, as well as your favourite traditional tunes and hymns.

Featuring guest conductor Les France.

2pm, Sunday 26 July at the Transitional Cathedral. Admission is free so bring all your friends and family along!




Top soloist Buzz Newton to play at charity Christmas concert

This year’s annual Christmas Mission concert will feature renowned euphonium player Buzz Newton.

The concert will be held at St Margaret’s College on Saturday 13 December at 7.30pm
Tickets cost $15, with all proceeds going to the Christchurch City Mission
Children’s tickets are free!

Born in Ashburton, a small town south of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand, Byron ‘Buzz’ Newton received his early brass training on the baritone with the Ashburton Silver Band. After a move north to Christchurch to attend secondary school at Christchurch Boys’ High School, Buzz was tutored by the then Woolston Brass conductor David Gallaher. After accidentally breaking his instrument trying to remove a stuck mouthpiece, Buzz was given a euphonium by Gallaher as a replacement. Meant only to be a short-term fix, Buzz instantly fell in love with the instrument and never returned to the baritone.


Fast-forward to 2014 and Buzz has become one of the world’s top euphonium performers with many prestigious solo awards to his name, including the 2008 Brass Prize at the International Gisborne Competition, the Best Euphonium and Baritone title at the 2010 British Open Solo Competition (the first and only New Zealander to win this title), and several best soloist awards including the 2011 Scenic Hotels Band of the Year, the 2012 Welsh Open, 2012 Wychaven Contest, and the 2013 Besson Band of the Year.

After graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction from the New Zealand School of Music, Buzz was offered scholarships to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). Buzz set sail for Wales and completed his Master of Arts at the RWCMD in Cardiff, learning from the father-and-son combination and euphonium legends Robert and David Childs.

During his time in Wales, Buzz was the principal euphonium and featured concert soloist with the famous Tredegar Town Band, performing at many prestigious concert halls around the world, including London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 2012 he became the first brass student to win the RWCMD Concerto Competition and in his final Masters recital Buzz was awarded a mark of 100% making him the first student in the college’s history to do so, thus securing a grade of distinction.

His return to Wellington and New Zealand in 2012 has seen Buzz in high demand as a soloist, teacher, and freelance musician throughout Australasia. Buzz has taken up the position of Principal Euphonium and Assistant Musical Director with the Wellington Brass Band, helping the band to achieve their first national title in 31 years. He is the solo euphonium in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, and is the euphonium and baritone tutor at the New Zealand School of Music. In 2013 he was guest soloist and tutor with the 2013 National Australian Brass Youth Band and the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand.

Buzz has been a member of the National Secondary Schools, National Youth, and National Brass Bands of New Zealand, and his versatility has seen him perform with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Buzz is a Besson artist and performs exclusively on a Besson Prestige Euphonium with an Alliance DC3 mouthpiece.

Annual fundraiser a real ‘city mission’

Addington Brass and the Christchurch Youth Choir are in the final rehearsals in preparation for the annual fundraising concert for the Christchurch City Mission. This year the concert will be performed on at the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square on Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

City Missioner, Michael Gorman, said the band and choir have been rehearsing for months in preparation for this fundraiser which is programmed to bring a festive feel by the performance of Christmas carols and sacred pieces from the popular ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’, ‘Hark the Herald’, and beautiful ‘O Holy Night’ to the very entertaining ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and many others.

Christmas-Mission13_smallerThis year’s concert will be enhanced by featured trumpet soloist, Colin Clark. Originally from Australia Colin now resides in Auckland. Colin has served with both the NZ Army Band and Royal New Zealand Navy Band, as well as playing in local Woolston Brass Band. Four times Australian Junior Brass Champion of Champions, and winner of numerous state and national solo championships on both sides of the Tasman, Colin has represented both Australia and New Zealand in National Brass Bands and will be featured playing a selection of classic and modern favorites.

Concert details:
Saturday evening 7 December
The concert starts at 7.30pm
Transitional Cathedral – Latimer Square
Ticket price $15 with all profits going directly to the ‘Christchurch city Mission’.
Door sales only.

Introducing Colin Clark!

Colin_ClarkAddington Brass are proud to present Colin Clark as the feature soloist for our 2013 Christmas Mission Concert

Colin started playing with local brass bands in his hometown of Adelaide, (South Australia) aged 5. He began on the tenor horn before moving to the soprano cornet four years later.

At age 12 he took up trumpet while studying at Marryatville High School, as part of the schools’ “Special Interest Music Program”. While at Marryatville, Colin received his first exposure to the delights of the orchestra, eventually holding the position of 1st trumpet in the Senior Orchestra and Concert Band for the last three years of high school.

During this time he was featured as “guest soloist” with the South Australian Police Band at their annual ‘Proms’ concert, playing the 2nd and 3rd movements of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

In 1997 Colin moved to Victoria to further his musical studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, also playing for the Hawthorn City Band.

A move to New Zealand followed in 2001 when he signed to play for Dalewool Auckland Brass on Soprano, and later that year joined the Royal New Zealand Navy Band for the first time.

In 2005 he moved to Christchurch, joining the New Zealand Army Band and the prestigious Woolston Brass. He returned to Auckland and the Navy Band after the birth of his daughter Isabella in 2008.

Four times Australian Junior Brass Champion of Champions, and winner of numerous state and national solo championships on both sides of the Tasman, Colin has represented both Australia and New Zealand in National Brass Bands, the RNZ Navy and NZ Army Bands both at home and overseas.

More recently Colin has taken up the baton, firstly as Resident Conductor at Dalewool Auckland Brass, and in May 2011 he was appointed as the Conductor of North Shore Brass, guiding the band to success at the Auckland Regional Championships.

CSO Brass Masterclass

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Outreach programme is delighted to be hosting a brass masterclass by Roy Poper.

Both an esteemed trumpet player and teacher, he is also the author of Roy Poper’s Guide to the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp. He is presently on faculty at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he teaches the 18 member trumpet studio, leads the trumpet ensemble and coaches brass quintets. For our masterclass, he will be teaching 4 promising brass players.

Wednesday 30 October
CSO rehearsal rooms, Unit 2, 4 Klondyke Drive, Hornby
Free admission

Please RSVP to Cathy Irons or 03 943 7797 by 25 October.

Livestreaming is available to those in rural communities, contact Cathy for more details.

More details on Roy can be found on

Tenor horn on a mission

andrew_williamsAddington Brass are proud to present Andy Williams as their feature soloist this year.

Andy Williams was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and commenced playing the tenor horn with his local brass band at an early age. In 1988 he was plucked from relative obscurity to fill the principal chair with top-section band Rotorua Brass.
Within six months, at age 21, Andy won his first NZ Open Horn championship and was also the youngest winning soloist that year. He successfully defended his title the following year (and added the Australian Open Horn title), and was placed second in the Champion of Champions event.

In the adjudicators box that day was Dr Roy Newsome, who “discovered” Andy after hearing his performance at the Champion of Champions, and by the end of 1990 Andy occupied the solo horn seat at Dr Newsome’s own band, the famous Sun Life (Stanshawe) Band of Bristol. Andy remained with Sun Life through their heyday of the early ‘90s, during which time they were placed in all the major UK contests, and Andy featured as a soloist at concerts and recordings throughout Europe.

Christmas-Mission-smallFollowing his return to New Zealand, several more national titles were collected along with a win in the Champion of Champions event (1996), the first win for a horn player in 20 years.

Andy has occupied the Principal Horn seat in all of New Zealand’s leading bands and has been a member of several National Bands of New Zealand. Since 1989 he has entered the NZ Horn Championship 8 times for a return of 5 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd placing. He is currently a member of the acclaimed brass quintet “Shore Thing”, based on the North Shore of Auckland. In addition to his reputation as a soloist, Andy has assisted as a tutor with the NZ Secondary Schools Band, and as an adjudicator at regional and national levels.

Andy Williams proudly plays a Sterling Virtuoso Tenor Horn.

David Fiu – who?

David Fiu DipABRSM Music Direction

DaveFui_smallAddington Brass is pleased to announce the appointment of David Fiu as Musical Director.
Currently Deputy Bandmaster of the world renowned NZ Army Band and Bandmaster of CantNMWC regiment Band, David joins the band with a wide appreciation of musical styles.

David began his musical journey at the age of 8 learning piano, then undertaking cornet tuition at 11 through the Wellington South Salvation Army Junior Band before becoming a member of the senior band at 15. During this period he quickly became proficient on guitar, Bass guitar, Cello, Trombone as well as forming an Acapella vocal group which toured Australia on numerous occasions.
David studied classical trumpet at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music has been a member of the Wellington Youth Orchestra,National Youth Jazz Orchestra but also a foundation member of the Wellington reggae band Southside of Bombay known for the song “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” which featured on the NZ movie “Once were warriors”.

An accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist, David also is the arranger in residence for Woolston Brass.

David has had the benefit of being under some very influential conductors and is relishing the challenge of conducting Addington Brass in his first contest in Timaru 2012.

It is with great sadness

That we acknowledge the passing of Barrie Aldridge
1939 – 2012

Barrie represented New Zealand as a member of the 1962, 1974, 1980, 1985, 1989 and 1990 National Bands and remained a stalwart of Woolston Brass from 1961 until his “semi” retirement to Addington Brass in 2005.

An eminent New Zealand bandsman, Barrie started his banding career under the tutelage of his Father Vic with Derry’s Brass in 1950.

Barrie won six NZ Tenor Trombone solo titles throughout his near life-long banding career, and was runner-up in this event no less than 14 times!

Alongside Tony Lewis and the late Des Hoy, Barrie amassed a staggering 21 Trombone Trio titles from 1953 to 1995. With Richard Hogarth added to the mix on Bass Trombone, the Woolston trombone quartet added seven more titles to the tally. With an extraordinary total of 35 group championship titles to their credit, the Skellerup Woolston / Woolston Brass trombone section, lead by Barrie Aldridge were, for nearly three decades, considered utterly invincible. The supremacy of its trombone section was no doubt integral to the band’s dominance of the contesting scene throughout this era.

While growing and maintaining a family, a profitable business as a Master Builder, and performing at top level banding, Barrie represented Canterbury on the Senior Men’s Hockey field from 1959 to 1978. Somehow, he also managed to find the time to play tennis as a Canterbury Representative from 1954 to 1970. Indefatigable hardly says it.

Barrie and his wife Janet were married in 1962. The National Band Tour of that year was their honeymoon! The couple have four children and seven Grandchildren.

Woolston Brass will combine with Addington Brass at Barrie’s funeral which will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday March 1st at St. Andrews Church, Merivale Lane, Merivale.