New Musical Director at Newland Concert

Monday 29 October 2018

Newland Concert Brass has announced the appointment of Simon Railton as its new Musical Director. 

Simon, currently occupying a front row cornet seat at Whitburn Band, started learning the instrument aged 10 at Langholm Town Band. Over the years, he has played for Annan, Selkirk, and Newtongrange Silver before joining the Scottish Champion.

Simon Railton takes over at Newland Concert Brass


On his appointment at Newland Concert, Simon commented: “I’m delighted to be taking over as MD at Newland Concert Brass and seeing what we can achieve together. The band has a great set up and I can’t wait for my first rehearsal as MD. Huge congratulations to Paul McKelvie who has done a fantastic job with the band over the last five years.” 

The Bathgate-based band recently held a sold-out Broadway themed concert with its retiring Musical Director Paul McKelvie OBE. The appreciative audience enjoyed hits from popular musicals including 'Mamma Mia', 'Les Misérables' and 'The Lion King'.

Newland Concert with outgoing MD, Paul McKelvie OBE


Newland Concert Brass rehearses on Monday evenings and is currently on the lookout for new players to add to its established teams. The Senior band is particularly keen to hear from any cornet, tuba and percussion players while the Junior Band welcomes new brass players of all abilities aged 8 and above. Instruments are available if not already owned. More information can be found at