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Sunday 14 February, 2021

Aspiring conductors have gathered in their droves for a stimulating evening of discussion led by the Brass Band Conductors’ Association.

The recent event, which was organised in conjunction with Brass Bands England, saw more than 160 people take part via Zoom and social media. Titled Picking up the Baton, it saw North of England representative David Thornton lead a presentation defining the role of the conductor in providing clarity, knowledge, communication, confidence, people management and being a good listener. David’s presentation went on to give suggestions on how to create opportunities to conduct.

The section featured a discussion with James Holt on the preparation of a rehearsal and score. Scotland representative Stuart Black gave basic insight into how to approach the baton, demonstrating beat patterns, basic technique and coordination exercises.

Geraint Barnes, BBCA representative for Wales, shared his positive experience of the organisation’s mentoring scheme in providing a support network to build relationships with fellow brass band conductors. Executive committee members and the rest of the regional representatives were also on hand throughout the evening to share their experiences of how they got into brass band conducting and to conclude the webinar with a question-and-answer session.

The BBCA Picking Up the Baton webinar can be viewed in full on Facebook. BBCA regional representative contact details can be found on the BBE website. Annual membership of the BBCA is £44 and includes individual membership of BBE, one professional Enhanced DBS check, access to insurance deals, and discounts to BBCA events. More information on getting involved is at: