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Alan Widdop

Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)

Alan Widdop

Contact details

124 Halifax Road Ripponden, Halifax, HX6 4AG

  alanwiddop76@hotmail.com
  
  07773 338787


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Alan started as a junior performer at the Royal Manchester College of Music and at the age of 17 was a full time student under the tuition of Terry Nagel who was principal trombone with the Halle Orchestra.

Throughout this period he was playing in the variety clubs and bands such as Hebden Bridge, Lockwood Band. Whilst at the RMCM he played in all types of groups and many top orchestra concerts.

After leaving college he became a pro trombone player in Kent and returned to Yorkshire to join Black Dyke Mills Band under the musical direction of Dr Roy Newsome, Geoffrey Brand, Michael Antrobus and Major Peter Parkes.

He was part of two double wins, two hat-trick wins, BBC Band of the Year and Freedom of the City Of Bradford, tours to Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, recorded with Don Lusher, Morris Murphy and many guest soloists.

He was also teaching at Rochdale Music Centre, courses at Lancaster University and Swiss Brass band courses.

After leaving Black Dyke he joined the James Shepherd Versatile Brass, again touring abroad many CD and TV recordings and many concerts throughout the country under the musical direction of Ray Farr, Ray Woodfield and Frank Renton.

After 5 yeas with VB turned back to pro playing / teaching and touring the country with many top artists. This included session playing with the BBC Radio Orchestra, concerts with The New Squadranaires, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the Northern Dance Orchestra.

By this time he had many pupils, and was full time peripatetic brass tutor for Bury Education, adjudicating at slow melody competitions and entertainment competitions and also had his own Trombone Group.

He turned to conducting at this time and started with Todmorden Band and moved on to conduct Whitworth Band, Rochdale Band, Goodshaw Band and helped out many more until he became involved in Marsden Band, who he took for 12 years, taking them from the 3rd Section to Championship Section.

After many great years he moved on and set out again on a trail of success with Uppermill Band and have come up from the 4th Section to First Section.

From 1993 to 2004 he had 19 wins, 22 podiums with Marsden plus great Whit Friday results, and from 2004 to 2016, 19 wins, 22 podiums with Uppermill. He returned to Marsden in October 2016 and in March 2017 he won the First Section Area in Yorkshire taking them immediately back into the Championship Section.

He left Marsden in September 2018 again with 5 wins and 5 podiums to add to his remarkable contesting results.

 

 



Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 26 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820


Boarshurst Silver Band - Diggle Community Brass

Sunday 27 November • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW


Mereside Brass - Tatton Park Farm when Father Christmas is visiting

Sunday 27 November • Tatton Park Farm. Knutsford. Cheshire. WA16 6QN (Sat Nav WA16 6SG) WA16 6SG


Dobcross Silver Band - The Hammonds Band

Sunday 27 November • Dobcross Band Club. Platt Lane. Dobcross. Saddleworth OL3 5AD OL3 5AD


Regent Hall Concerts - Band of the RAF Regiment Symphonic Brass Ensemble

Friday 2 December • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ


Greenfield Brass Band

November 24 • We are a friendly, progressive 3rd Section Band based in Saddleworth and are looking to fill the following positions prior to the North West Area.. Bass Trombone,. Solo Baritone,. Percussion (Tuned or Kit) . . Rehearsals Mon & Thurs at Friezland Bowling Club


Mereside Brass

November 23 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a front row CORNET, possibly PRINCIPAL for the right player. We are a friendly 4th Section band, currently not contesting but with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events


Easingwold Town Band

November 22 • . We are a 4th Section band with vacancies for soprano cornet, front-row cornet and Eb bass. We offer a friendly welcome at our bandroom in Easingwold, 12 miles north of York (postcode YO61 3DB). Rehearsals Monday 7.30 to 9.15 p.m. Come for a blow!


John Ward


Conductor, Adjudicator


               

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