Les Neish released Affinity in July 2016 and since then it has received great critical acclaim. Recently it was shortlisted for the British Bandsman Solo CD of the Year Award and was runner up in the www.4barsrest.com Solo CD of the Year. 'Affinity' is a showcase of Les Neish’s musicality and breathtaking virtuosity featuring arrangements, original works and a world premiere recording of a new Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Dr. Peter Meechan.
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 soloist, chamber musician and educator with a world-wide reputation. Known for his musicianship, artistry and high level of communication, Les dazzles audiences with fabulous technique and stunning musicianship.
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. 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 American based, 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 Halle, RTE Concert, Ulster and London Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside his performing commitments Les is tuba tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, RNCM Junior School, Salford University, Birmingham Conservatoire and Huddersfield University. He has given masterclasses at the Trinity College and Royal Academy of Music, London.
He has served as tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and Switzerland and has performed recitals and masterclasses throughout the UK, Europe, USA, South America, Japan and Australia.