Brian J Harper

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Brian J Harper. B.A. (Hons). (Hon) F.N.C.M.

Brass Band Conductor, Independant Adjudicator, Brass Band Trainer.
Orchestral Conductor and Former Professional Trumpet Player.

Telephone:- 07782-393723 (Mobile).

Brian is now available, as a Freelance Conductor, in the United Kingdom or abroad, and is in popular demand throughout the year, especially from Lower Section Bands, as an experienced 'specialist' in Contest Test Piece preparation.

Brian is a very experienced highly qualified professional musician living in the United Kingdom.
Over the past 35 years, he has amassed a wealth of experience as a performer, Conductor and Teacher, and as such, has appeared in all the major Concert Halls in London, has performed on numerous broadcasts on BBC radio, and played with many of the finest brass bands in the U.K. including the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick. Brian also played Assistant Principal Cornet with the Aveley and Newham Band, and the Redbridge Band from London.

Brian was a very sought after freelance Trumpet and Cornet player. He played with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ( under both Barshai and Segal ), the BBC ( Pritchard ) and natural trumpet with the Orchestra of the Golden Age, an authentic period orchestra using baroque instrumentation.

He also played with several Ad-Hoc Orchestras comprising of players from the Halle and The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. He has done much Oratorio and Opera work.

More recently he worked in Bulgaria with the Varna Opera Orchestra and in the Netherlands with the Provenciale Groningen Brass Band plus several other Dutch Brass Bands.

As a Conductor, Brian has directed numerous bands at all levels in both Concert and Contesting environments, including British Open Championship contenders and has conducted several orchestras in and around London.

However, the vast majority of his Brass Band conducting skills have been honed in the North West Area, arguably the most competitive in the Country.

He worked between 2001 and 2007, as a peripatetic brass teacher for Lancashire County Council teaching over 100 students per week.
He has also served as a classroom music teacher in two secondary schools and is a specialist trumpet tutor in a college of further education and served, for 6 years, as the cornet tutor for the Lancashire Schools Brass Band, and the brass section tutor for the Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Brian was the Principal Conductor of the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra between 2009 and 2011 when he decided to make a return to freelance work. Brian has gained a B.A. (Honours) Degree, a P.N.C.B. Performance Diploma and holds an A.N.C.M. Teaching Diploma.

He continues to teach Brass and Theory privately, and was a Brass Teacher at the Bolton Music Service.

After relocating, he was employed by Lincolnshire Music Service in the same capacity until his early retirement in 2018. Brian is already an established conductor in Lincolnshire, conducting bands and orchestras around the County on a regular basis at both contests and concerts

Brian is now a published arranger and composer for Larch Music Publications.

Quotes from eminent musicians:

'Brian possesses a natural flair as a Conductor of various kinds of musical ensembles especially in the field of brass'
Arthur Butterworth M.B.E.

'As a Conductor, Brian has an impressive record, in particular, on the Brass Band contesting circuit. As a performer his musical abilities are outstanding and his professionalism is second to none.'
John Doyle, Associate Conductor and Soprano, Leyland Band.
Head of Performing Arts, Lostock Community High School.

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