From September 2017 the band has been conducted by our Musical Director Philip Robinson
He was born in Lancashire and was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He then studied French horn at the Royal Northern College of Music . He has held posts as Musical Director of the University of Manchester Chamber Choir, Training Choir and Orchestra, University of Keele Concert Band, Congleton Youth Orchestra and La Faminite Ensemble – a chamber orchestra made up of music students based in the North West. He is in demand as a composer and arranger for a wide variety of different groups, having many of his arrangements performed at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Sage Gateshead. For five years he was Musical Director of Sing Live North West, a choir of over 300 singers from the Greater Manchester area. In June 2006, several of his works were performed by Jane MacDonald, Peter Corry and a 1000 voice choir in a concert at Sheffield Arena to mark the 80th birthday of HM the Queen and the 85th birthday of the Royal British Legion.
He was Head of Music at Avondale High School (now Stockport Academy) for three years and since 2004 was Assistant Director of Music at Stockport Grammar School. In September 2009, he became the Director of Music at The King’s School, Chester. He left this position to take up the Director of Music position at Birkenhead School in 2013. In addition to his teaching position, he was, until 2012, Principal Conductor of the Warrington Youth Orchestra, and until 2009 was Musical Director of the Stockport Youth Wind Orchestra and Manchester University Wind Orchestra. He is also the most recent Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE). He lives in Wirral with his wife and two young sons.
The band was conducted on an interim basis by Glenn Thomas during the process of searching for our new Musical Director.
Between 2009 – 2017 the band was conducted by Scott Lloyd LTCL ATCL.
Between 2002 – 2009 the band was conducted by David Straughan.
For the first 15 years of the band it was conducted by Gabrielle Horne.