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RNCM's Mark Heron to lead online conducting boot camp

Thursday 25 June, 2020

In this week's instalment of Brass Bands England’s (BBE) development programme online, the team is joined by head of conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark Heron.

He will discuss fundamentals of posture, taking care of our physical well-being and he will explore beat-patterns and physicality in relation to matters such as tempo, dynamic, articulation and sound quality. Everyone is encouraged to grab a baton (or a pencil) and clear enough space to stand up and wave arms around. As part of the webinar, materials from ConductIT will also be showcased, an ongoing project to develop online music courses and resources. The free webinar forms part of a popular series organised by Brass Bands England during COVID-19 and takes place on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm. Interested parties can sign up for the Zoom meeting or watch live on the BBE Facebook page. It will be followed by the BBE ‘pub’, which offers an opportunity for participants to enjoy a catch-up with others in on the webinar.

The Brass Bands England team will be taking a short break from delivering online events during July but will return in August for a new programme of online events and training webinars, to be announced soon.

All the workshops are free but BBE is asking participants to consider supporting the Brass Bands Emergency Fund with what they think sessions are worth. The fund will use 100 per cent of donated funds to support bands struggling during the crisis with ongoing freelance costs and other financial commitments and has so far raised more than £2,800. Support the emergency fund at: The fund is also able to accept gift aid to make your donation go further for those bands that could not normally use gift aid.