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Conductor - Music Director
Alan trained at Trinity College of Music, specialising in trumpet, and graduated in 1988. Always drawn towards teaching, he took his PGCE at Middlesex and joined Havering Music Services as a specialised brass teacher. He moved to Harrow and then to Hounslow in 2005, taking on responsibilities in teacher training and development and for recruitment of the borough's student ensembles. Alan continues to enjoy the balance of teaching and encouraging music-making more widely in the community and was awarded the "Most Innovative Person" award at Hounslow Council in 2012.
Alan directs various youth and adult orchestras, concert bands and brass bands, amongst them the Hounslow Youth Concert Band and Orchestra and the Barnes Concert Band. Highlights of his musical and conducting career include conducting the Eurostar Fanfare at the Festival Hall in April 2013, conducting in front of 10,000 spectators at the Mayor's Rhythm of London in Trafalgar Square, performing the Vivaldi Trumpet concerto on Maundy Thursday in St Paul's Cathedral and singing backing vocals to Freddie Mercury on Top of the Pops (as well as a brief appearance on Grange Hill!).
Alan's aim is to help the band become the best they can be, by extending horizons and supporting the improvement of all members. Playing a selection of harmonious and melodic pieces, which widen the audience, make a good listen - and they're still technically demanding. To relax, Alan listens to Mahler and Radio 5 Live and enjoys being a proud grandfather, a Manchester United supporter and a truly terrible golfer. Find out more about Alan at Linked In .