Besses o' th' Barn Band, one of oldest bands in the world, are looking to the future and are delighted to announce the appointment of the world-renowned Alan Wycherley as Musical Director. Alan is determined to be "the driving power behind re-establishing Besses as a banding force once again" in the run up to their bicentenary in 2018.
The band are also inviting applications for their remaining vacancies on Cornet (position negotiable) and tuned percussion to consolidate first and then work towards the ambition of promotion through the sections. Following Alan’s appointment, it has become a clear objective to return to the top flight of banding. Alan has already set out that "only people with a commitment to do all rehearsals and engagements need apply” to join what is a growing list of players showing an interest to be part of this Besses journey.
The band are formulating plans to undertake exciting projects in the years leading up to the bicentenary including potential books and recordings from the World Tour era, and the renovation of their famous bandroom in Whitefield.
Band Chairman, Matt Bailey said "We are delighted to secure someone of Alan's banding pedigree and calibre as our new MD. Together we are very excited about the months and years ahead as we focus on putting the band in the healthiest possible position, both on and off the stand, in time for our very special celebrations in a few years time."