About Les

"The player who most reminds me of John Fletcher today is Les Neish"
Bramwell Tovey (International Conductor)

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 the real essence of music making ; Fun.

As the first tuba player to be awarded the Worshipful Company of Dyers Award at the Royal Overseas League Competition and performing the first solo tuba recital at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Les has always pushed the boundaries leading him to a performance at Millennium Park, Chicago and recording with pop star “Sting”. 2018 will see a partnership with the Black Dyke Brass Band as Soloist in association following on from Gareth Small and Peter Moore of the Hallé and London Symphony Orchestra respectively.

His solo album “Salt of the Earth” received Brass Band World, British Bandsman and www.4barsrest.com Solo CD of the Year Awards, with the follow up CD “Shine" awarded 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 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 with a 30 year history having performed in over 60 countries.

Alongside his international travel 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 and Australia. 

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“Proof that the tuba, the comedian of the orchestra, is a credible solo instrument abounds in the brilliance of Neish” Classical Music Magazine

"The player who most reminds me of John Fletcher today is Les Neish" Bramwell Tovey (International Conductor)

“A world class, state of the art tubist and a superb musician” Roger Bobo (Tuba Legend)

"What a talent. As a performer and musical personality he ranks with the very best in the musical world" www.4barsrest.com



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Alliance Signature Mouthpiece

Having spent time in development and testing, Les is delighted to endorse a mouthpiece that is perfect for his performing needs.

The signature mouthpiece has a striking appearance and gives the performer so much flexibility in terms of colours and sounds that they want to achieve. It is a very comfortable mouthpice so helps in terms of stamina and enables players to play with a good sound and control in the louder and softer dynamics.

To find out more or order a signature mouthpiece click here

Besson 980 - Eb

Les Neish is delighted to endorse Besson tubas.  He has played on Besson Tubas for 15 years!

With a 17" bell the 980 is versatile enough for use in many performing situations from chamber music, solo performances and in the orchestra.

The design of the Besson EEb tuba is one of the most famous designs in the history of tuba development. Made famous by the legendary John Fletcher who advised on it's design, it has for a couple of generations been regarded as possessing the ultimate rich tone in bands and also professional symphony orchestras. For more info click here

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Besson 984 - Eb

Les has added the Besson 984 Eb Tuba to his collection and is now using this in various performance situations. 

The new 984 model is a four valve front action compensated tuba. The 
984 model is the first to combine the historic warm and deep sound of the Eb tuba with the centred and
focused precision of the F Tuba. 

esigned with a new receiver, leadpipe, a smaller and lighter bell, a new valve block position, new stays and more, this tuba is the first in its series to have a trigger on the 1st valve.  For more info click here

Besson 995 - C

Les Neish performs exclusively on the Besson BE995 tuba and has been a Besson Performing Artist for over 10 years. 

The Besson BE995 CC tuba represents the first time Besson has produced a front-action, 5-valve full size CC tuba. The BE995 is an exceptional professional instrument with a "four piston, one rotary" non compensating valve configuration.

It is surprisingly lightweight, and produces a rich, colourful, clear and deep sound. For more info click here

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Schlipf Practice Mute

Les never goes on his travels without his Schlipf Practice mute.  This enables him to practice anywhere!!!

An excellent practice mute, it lowers the volume and tuning is very secure throughout all registers. Weighing only 1kg the mute can also be transported in the bell, making travel easy and also providing added protection to the bell when in transit. 

Furthermore it leads to an improvement of the air circulation and makes a concentrated embouchure training possible. This mute is offered in 16 models for all tuba sizes.  For more info click here

Alteiri Gig Bag

Les uses a custom-made Gig Bag from the Colorado based company, Alteiri.

This is the perfect, lightweight gig-bag for everyday use offering good protection for the instrument and they are custom made for tubas of all shapes and sizes!

For more info click here