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Morgan Griffiths

Dip. Performance

Conductor, Peripatetic Music Teacher, Lower brass specialist

Morgan Griffiths

Contact details

  mdgriffiths2007@aol.co.uk
  
  07552913065


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Morgan was born in Batley, West Yorkshire into a strong brass banding family. He was taught the cornet in his formative years by his father Edward Griffiths, himself a very successful brass band conductor.

After only a short period on cornet, Morgan switched to Euphonium and studied with the legendary Black Dyke euphonium player and conductor Geoffrey Whitham, who was to have a major influence on Morgan's playing style.

In January 1990, after a brief spell with the Hammonds Sauce Works Band, Morgan was the youngest player ever to be appointed principal euphonium of Black Dyke Mills Band where he established an international reputation as one of the finest euphonium players in the world. It was during this time that Morgan first came under the influence of the brilliant Australian conductor, and later mentor, Professor David King. Whilst at Black Dyke Morgan won two European titles (1990 and 1991) and was a principle soloist in their very successful tour of Japan.

In 1992 he was invited to join the newly named Yorkshire Building Society Band, again working with David King. During this period Morgan became the most successful euphonium player of his generation, winning five European championships, three British Open titles, Three All England Masters Championships and a single English Nationals win along with several Yorkshire area championships. He also won two soloist awards at the Brass in Concert Championships.

In 1999 Morgan was awarded the much coveted title of 'International Euphonium Player of the Year' and it was also the year that saw him record his debut solo CD titled 'The Voice of the Euphonium'.

In 2002-3 Morgan gained two National Championship titles with the Williams Fairey Band under Allan Withington as well as being voted the 4BarsRest outstanding instrumentalist and player of the year.

2004 saw Morgan return to YBS band where he gained another All England Masters Championship title as well as being a featured soloist on the bands 2005 'Kings of Brass' tour of Australia, where one of the many highlights was performing a solo in the world famous Sydney Opera House. After this Morgan turned his focus to conducting and musical direction.

In 2007 Morgan was appointed the musical director of the newly named Hammonds Saltaire Band. Morgan has guided the band through a gradual rebuilding process which now sees the band back in top the Prizes at all the countries major competitions including the British open Championships from 2014, qualifying for the National Finals in 2011(First Section) and 2017 (Championship Section) as well as regular appearances at the Brass in Concert Championships in Gateshead.

Under Morgan's leadership the band now have many concerts, recordings and cross cultural projects to its name, and are establishing the bands reputation in the wider music world with projects like 'Just a Vibration' were Morgan collaborated with the Indian artist and composer Shri Sriram. This has seen the band perform at many international music festivals and has been a featured album on BBC Radio 6 and British Airways flights international flights. In December 2016 the music won the BASCA British composers award in the Brass & Woodwind Music catagory.

Morgan works for the Bradford Music & Arts Service as a Specialist Brass Tutor where he aims to inspire the next generation of brass players. In 2011 he formed the Bradford Youth Brass Band, which has already competed at National level with critical acclaim.

During the summer of 2013 the BYO performed its first full Symphony Concert performing Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 4 'Italian', and in 2014 won Innovation award for a performance of 'Celtic Fusion' at the Music for Youth National Festival, at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Morgan has conducted the orchestra on a number of very successful concert tours in Germany, Italy and France.

Morgan is married to Hannah, a fine trombone player herself and who has a PhD in Chemistry. They have a son, Edward James born in 2012, and a daughter Olivia Rose born in 2014.

 

 



Foden's Band - European 2020 fundraiser - Bier Keller night

Friday 18 October • Sandbach Town Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1AX


Black Dyke Band - Empire Theatre, Consett

Saturday 19 October • Front Street, Consett, County Durham DH8 5AB


South Yorkshire Police Band - South Yorkshire Police Band with guest soloist Sim

Saturday 19 October • Doncaster Minster DN1 1RD


Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Saturday 19 October • The Salvation Army, . 36 - 40 Sunnyside, . Diss, Norfolk. IP22 4DS


Richmond Brass Band - Celebration in Brass

Saturday 19 October • St Mary's Church. Church Street. Twickenham TW1 3NJ


Lofthouse Brass Band

October 17 • Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band currently have vacancies for solo cornet and kit drummer. Rehearsal at Outwood WMC, Ledger Lane, Outwood, Wakefield. Experienced and sociable band with a progressive attitude.


Stannington Brass Band

October 17 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests


The Corsham Band

October 17 • The band are currently looking for cornet and trombone players. Positions negotiable. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings with easy access from Bath, Bristol, Swindon and the M4 corridor.


Alan Widdop


Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)


               

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