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2021 Scottish brass conference open for registration

Thursday 2 December, 2021

The curtain is to rise on the inaugural Scottish Brass Learning Conference, which will take place online on Sunday, December 5.

The event is to welcome an array of world class presenters delivering sessions on a wide range of topics. Free to attend, it is aimed at all brass players including teachers, performers, students and graduates.

Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale and Lauren McCormick are organising the conference on behalf of the Gorbals Youth Brass Band. The band, based in Glasgow, will run one of ten pilot projects funded by Elevate, a programme jointly launched by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music exam board and its four Royal Schools of Music partners after a UK-wide report revealed that large numbers of young musicians were abandoning their instruments.

As well as hosting the conference, which aims to bring together brass teachers from across Scotland and beyond to share expertise, the Gorbals project has included teaching training opportunities for brass students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, giving them useful experience in a community setting as well as the opportunity to work with local partners.

Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale, of Gorbals Youth Brass Band, said: “We know from our own experience that children often lose interest in music and abandon their instruments in the big transition between between primary and secondary school for various reasons.

“A large part of our project is about talking to young people and trying out creative solutions to keep them interested so they can progress in their music making. Through the conference we want to provide an opportunity for brass teachers in all settings to share learning and good practice, as well as encourage and inspire the future generation of brass educators.”

Performer and former principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, John Wallace CBE, will deliver the keynote speech. John was recently announced as the winner of Her Majesty’s Medal for Music, awarded to musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.

Sessions include:
Tom Hooten, principal trumpet, LA Philharmonic on Pillars of Truth in Brass Playing;
Patrick Sheridan, tuba soloist on Breathing Gym;
Andy Scott, saxophonist and composer on Introducing Improvisation to Our Skill Set;
Helen Minshall, education ambassador at Warwick Music on Beginner Brass Strategies;
Lee Holland, director of Mental Note on Introduction to Performance Psychology;
Christine McGinley, Orchestra of the Scottish Ballet on Unlocking the Mystery of the French Horn;
Mark Reynolds, brass instructor at High Life Highland on A student’s musical journey in Highland;
Jenna Main, ABRSM regional development executive, Scotland on Update: Digital Exams, What’s New for Brass and CPD Opportunities.

The conference is supported by ABRSM, through the Elevate programme, created to better understand how to sustain young people’s musical learning in areas where they face significant barriers.  Elevate was launched in response to The Music Commission report published in March 2019, which set out key themes and recommendations for improving how governments, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and learners, assess progress and progression in learning music.

As part of the conference, the organisers want to showcase talent from all over the country via virtual and recorded performances. Anyone with solo, ensemble, band, school or community performances they would like to share virtually with delegates should send videos or wetransfer files to

Register for free here.

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