On Saturday 21st January the Love Music Trust welcomed colleagues to the Fallibroome Academy to take part in a thoroughly engaging and rewarding conducting workshop.
Leading the afternoon's activities was Russell Gray who is currently holding posts of Adjunct Professor at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Principal Conductor of the Cambrian Philharmonic Orchestra (Wales), Musical Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, and President of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors.
On the day delegates had the opportunity to work not only with Russell but also the award winning Crewe Cooperative Wind Band who were recently awarded Gold at the National Youth Wind Band festival. Six delegates with a range of conducting experience from complete beginner to those that have been working with bands for years took part, learning and practising a wide range of skills and techniques.
One of the delegates, Louise Renshaw who is Director of the Macclesfield Youth Brass Band said ' The conducting workshop was superb. Russell's advice on technique was amazing from getting your head out of the score and how to turn over a page without the band noticing, through passive and active beats, but he also talked about the entire role, psychology and much more!'
The Love Music Trust would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Crewe Cooperative Wind Band for their efforts, Fallibroome Academy for hosting the event and of course Russell who we are looking forward to working with again at the end of April when we hold our inaugural Orchestral residential weekend at the Conway Center in Anglesey.