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Retired professional musician and teacher.A level music ( Oxford Board )
I was born in Worcester in 1957 and attended Pershore High School from 1968 -1973 where I played cornet in the school band and various brass bands , then on to North Worcester College to study A level music. After a few years as a Civil Servant I joined the Royal Marines Band Service from 1979-1988 . On completion of training at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal Kent I became a Solo cornet and trumpet player ,leading the brass section. During this period I was privileged to travel the world , and play in many different countries, including the West Indies, Malaysia, Singapore, Bahamas , Canaries , America and Australia. I enjoyed playing with various ensembles in diverse concerts from the LSO in the Royal Albert Hall to The Three Degrees in Drury Lane Theatre. I also undertook conducting training during this period. From 1989-1993 I became a Brass Instrumental Music Teacher for Highland Regional Council, where I was conductor of the Inverness Schools Wind Band. From 1993-2016 I was a Brass Instrumental Music Teacher for Edinburgh Council, and enjoyed a five year period as Musical Director of Edinburgh Schools Wind Ensemble. During my time in Scotland I have conducted various brass bands from 4th - 1st section. I have held the soprano cornet position with Whitburn, Scottish Co op and Kirkintilloch bands, and I’m currently the soprano cornet player with Newtongrange band. During my time as a soprano cornet player , I have enjoyed being part of the winning performance at the All England Masters 2005, 2nd place at the British Open 2003 (when I won the best soloist prize), and 3rd place at the British Open 2004. During my brass banding career from 1977 onwards , I have played for Harry Mortimer, Peter Parkes, Nicholas Childs, David James and many more. As well as brass band playing, I have played in various Orchestras , including Scottish Sinfonia and Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet. I have also enjoyed playing in orchestras for various Operatic Societies.
12, Victoria Gardens , Newtongrange , Dalkeith, Midlothian. EH22 4NL