Les Neish is one of the leading tuba players of his generation. His endeavours as a tuba player have gained him recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout the world. His career has been extremely diverse with highlights including a performance at Millennium Park, Chicago and recording on an album with pop star “Sting”.
He gained a First Class Honours degree, Professional Performance Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. As an alumnus, Les is proud to be tuba tutor at the Junior RNCM as well as the role of Besson visiting tutor at this prestigious conservatoire.
Always pushing the boundaries, Les became the first tuba player to be awarded the Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for Wind and Brass at the Royal Overseas League Competition and performed the first solo tuba recital at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. His debut solo CD “Salt of the Earth” was received to great critical acclaim, winning Brass Band World, British Bandsman and www.4barsrest.com Solo CD of the Year Awards and receiving airtime on BBC Radio 3.
Away from solo performance, Les is privileged to be 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 which has performed in over 60 countries for the last 30 years.
With a real passion for musical education Les has performed workshops to youngsters throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Playing a major role in the Scottish Brass Band Association Youth Development programme Les has performed numerous workshops to thousands of youngsters and has been an integral part of the huge increase in youth bands throughout the whole of Scotland.
Les is also an experienced adjudicator, judging solo, brass band and windband competitions throughout the world, including the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Brass Soloist of the Year, the Tasmania Band League State Championships and the Young Artist Tuba Final at ITEC Arizona.
Les is dedicated to raising the profile of an instrument that is sometimes forgotten at the back of an orchestra. He really is proving that the tuba has so much more to offer!