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Coleshill Town Band Appoints New MD

 

Coleshill Town Band is delighted to announce that Alwyn Green has recently taken over the reins at Coleshill Town Band.

A distinguished musician, Alwyn has already conducted his first concert at the helm “A Night at the Movies” and the band has begun to reap the benefits of his vast musical experience.

Chairperson, Claire Pilkington, commented,  “we are already enjoying working with Alwyn and are very excited at what our future holds, musically as a result of his involvement.  He certainly has a lot of knowledge to impart”

The band rehearses on a Friday evening between 8- 10pm at Southfields Farm in Coleshill.

BIOGRAPHY

Alwyn Green was born and educated in Norwich.  He studied for his degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1968 – 1971 and was awarded the Brass Prize in his second year.  At this time he also passed diplomas at the Royal Academy of Music (performance) and Trinity College London (teaching). He is a full member of the ABBA

On leaving Guildhall he was immediately appointed to the Principal Bass Trombone chair in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Since then he has played Trombone or Euphonium with almost all the British Orchestras. In 1986 Simon Rattle invited him to take up a principal position in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where he remained for over 20 years until his recent retirement.  He still undertakes a fair amount of CBSO work on a freelance basis.  Alwyn was a founder member of the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra and the Prince of Wales Brass.  He is the founder and musical director of the Berkley Salon Ensemble and the Berkley Street Dance Orchestra (both are CBSO offshoot groups). A lifelong brass bandsman, he first played with Norwich Citadel SA band and was young people’s bandleader for six years.  Bandmaster of Poole (7 years] and Winton (3 years) SA bands during his time in Bournemouth. Since then he has been conductor at Downton, Shirley, Foresters, West Mercia Police and City of Coventry He has guest conducted with many other bands including Lydbrook, Sovereign and Hendon, Norwich and Gloucester SA and was until the end of 2015, M/D of Bedworth Brass. He is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

He has played as a soloist or guest member with bands such as Sovereign, Jaguar/Landrover, Staffordshire, International Staff Band, Enfield Citadel SA band and many others.

He teaches part time at both Birmingham University and the Birmingham Conservatoire and is frequently engaged to coach at other colleges and similar institutions.  His experience of educational work in music goes back over thirty years. During this time he has undertaken projects in schools with pupil age ranges from primary to A level and various community projects.  He also has experience of projects with children and adults with learning difficulties.  He has played a part in several BCMG educational projects.

As a composer and arranger he undertakes regular commissions from the CBSO and other major orchestras and bands and a number of his pieces have been broadcast, commercially recorded and published.  He lives in Solihull with his wife Madelyn, who is a head of school in higher education.  They have two grown up married children.

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