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Introducing the Nantwich Concert Band
Nantwich Concert Band is an organisation comprising two principal bands: a Concert Wind Band and a Community Training Band

The Concert Wind Band was founded in 1983 (then called Nantwich & District Band) for woodwind and brass players of all ages.  We offer a varied repertoire of music, from the traditional wind band pieces through to more modern pieces and music from stage and screen.  Under the baton of our conductor and Musical Director Nick Birch, the band performs at local fêtes, festivals and carnivals throughout the summer.  You can hear us on many busy Saturdays in Nantwich Town Square, as well as at the annual Nantwich Show, 
the beautiful riverside Chester Bandstand and the Nantwich Food Festival.  We are particularly busy each Christmas, playing carols in the Square and at other venues around the area.  Every June, we hold a formal 'Midsummer Concert' in the Nantwich Civic Hall and a Charity Concert in the beautiful St Mary's Church Nantwich in October.


Nantwich Concert Band performs the 1st movement of Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite
'Seventeen Come Sunday' at their annual Midsummer Concert in Nantwich Civic Hall.

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Nantwich Concert Band
Musical Director - Nick Birch



Nick Birch recently attained his Masters degree from the Royal Northern College of Music studying Trombone under Robert Holliday and Roger Cutts, and was supported by the Dobie Award in 2015. As part of the RNCM Trombone Ensemble, Nick won the Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Prize in 2016 and will perform at the International Trombone Festival in New York later this year. Nick also did his undergraduate studies at the RNCM but this time on Euphonium studying under David Thornton and Steven Mead. During his time at the RNCM, he has been part of many ensembles including Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Band. 
Nick is part of the Slidin’ About Trombone Quartet. In Competitions, the quartet has won the Foden’s Open Quartet Competition 2013 and were also finalists in the Royal Overseas League Competition 2015.  The quartet is busy giving workshops all around the UK and are also part of the Live Music Now! Foundation, providing workshops for children with special educational needs. The quartet are also supported by pBone and they have been Ambassadors for the instrument manufacturer since January 2014. 
Nick started playing through various local bands including Audley and United Co-op Crewe on 2nd Baritone and Solo Euphonium. When he moved to the RNCM in 2010, he joined the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band on Solo Euphonium and also most recently played 2nd Euphonium for The Fairey Band. During his time with the Fairey Band, he won two consecutive North-West Regional Championships and performed in many high profile venues as part of Acid Brass including Tate Britain and a tour of Berlin. Nick was also part of the National Youth and Children’s Bands under Nicholas Childs and Bramwell Tovey and was the principal Euphonium of the National Youth band in 2009 and 2010. Nick joined the Foden’s Band on 2nd Trombone in October 2015 and completed his personal hat-trick of wins at the North West Regional Championships in 2016.
Nick started playing trombone through the Sandbach School Big Band, directed by John Barber. During his time in the band they qualified for the National Festival Music for Youth and also took part in the ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ at the Lowry Theatre, Salford. With the band he has performed with artists such as Claire Teal, Gordon Campbell (BBC Big Band) and Derek Watkins.

Nick works as a Freelance Trombonist around the Manchester area regularly performing as part of Slidin’ About and a wide variety of other ensembles. Nick is also working regularly as a teacher around his hometown of Sandbach and is also the Musical Director of the Nantwich Concert Band.

Nick Birch became the Musical Director of the Nantwich Concert Band in August 2014 and as you can see from reading all that, we are very lucky to have him!

The Community Training Band is a dedicated training band, open to beginners of all ages, including those wishing to gain confidence in playing as a group.



The Community Band helps players to gain as much musical experience as possible and strives to include a special section for them to perform in the concert programmes.  Progression to the main Concert Band is encouraged but not compulsory and players from the main band who find they are struggling can always opt for a 'refresher' in the training band.  A few of our Concert Band members come to the Community Band sessions for the opportunity to gain more experience on their second instruments.

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