He is a conductor, composer, teacher, adjudicator and
radio presenter who has conducted many bands and orchestras through the
course of his career.
In 1984 he became the Music Director if the National
Youth Band of Great Britain and remained with them for 16 years until
He has also led many brass bands including the Black
Dyke Mills Band, Grimethorpe and Besses o’ th’ Barn and been
extremely involved in brass band competitions as a conductor and
adjudicator at national and international level, winning 5 British Open
Championships and a National Brass Band Championship.
As a composer and arranger he has published over 100
works and his “Concerto for Piano and Band” was given its world
premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This Concerto appears on the
recording Concertos for Brass by Besses o’th’ Barn and
albums he has appeared on as a conductor include All of the
World’s Most Beautiful Melodies!, A Christmas Fantasy, Hymns &
Things, Pastoral Classics – Music For a Summer’s Day and Traditionally
British to name a few.
Nationally known as a radio presenter he was heard on Listen
to the Band for 8 years, which was a programme broadcast by BBC Radio 2.
In the world of musical education he has been Head of
Brass Studies at the University of Salford.
His services to music have been recognised with the
award of the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, an
Honorary Graduate Diploma from the University of Salford, the Masters
Dedicated Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from British
He received his doctorate in 1999 and is the first to
receive one for the research of brass band history.
He has held the position of President of the National
Association of Brass Band Conductors since 1993.
Black Dyke Mills Band recordings
A Christmas Festival ((Leroy Anderson)
Chandos 4541 (CD: A Christmas Fantasy)
Choir – Huddersfield Choral Society
Conductor – Roy Newsome