”Proof that the tuba, the comedian of the orchestra, is a credible solo instrument abounds in the brilliance of Neish”
Classical Music Magazine
Les Neish has created a career as a tuba soloist and educator with a world-wide reputation. Known for his musicianship, artistry and high level of communication, Les dazzles audiences with fabulous technique and the real essence of music making ; Fun.
Performing the first solo tuba recital at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the first tuba player to be awarded the Worshipful Company of Dyers Award at the Royal Overseas League Competition Les has always pushed the boundaries leading him to a performance at Millennium Park, Chicago and recording with pop star “Sting”
His 3 solo releases, Salt of the Earth, Shine and Affinity have won numerous awards including Brass Band World, British Bandsman, 4barsrest.com Solo CD of the Year and the prestigious Roger Bobo Award in Recording Excellence from the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
Away from solo performance, Les is part of the tuba section of the 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. He has also performed with orchestras throughout the UK, including the Hallé, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside his performing commitments 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.
With a real passion for education Les has performed workshops and classes throughout the UK, Europe, USA, South America, Japan and Australia.