Director & Trustee
Paul developed a love of music whilst becoming the Head Chorister at St. Michael’s Church in Lichfield. Although this did not develop once his voice had broken, listening to quality music has been a foundation stone in his life.
Paul’s career took him from being an engineer in the Royal Air Force, followed by working as a hydrographic surveyor in the North Sea and the Middle East before finally working across the logistics industry in the UK becoming a Director of Taylor Barnard Anglia and Professional Fulfilment Services at the start of online operations.
Following his retirement Paul returned to music and took up the role of Band Manager with the World Ranked No.1 Brass Band, Cory Band. This move reignited his desire to see young musicians be given more opportunities to have a career in music performance, at the same time as wanting the public to have the chance of enjoying music as a foundation of their lives. Hence, the charity Glyndwr Ensemble was established.
Roger is the highly regarded Head of Brass Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Roger was previously the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for over twenty-five years.
In 2005 Roger created the hugely acclaimed ‘Superbrass’ ensemble and the Superbrass Publishing organisation.
“Roger is a first class musician who will have a huge impact on the brass students here at the RWCMD” Robert Childs commented on his appointment. “I have had the pleasure of knowing Roger for a great many years, during which time he has been heavily involved in establishing the RPO’s award winning Education Department, set the trombone syllabus for the Trinity Guildhall Examination Board, and he sits on the Artistic Board of the World Youth Orchestra. I had the great pleasure of examining with him recently at the RWCMD and his expertise and musicianship is unquestionable, but more than that he is a really great guy”.
Nigel is a busy freelance conductor, teacher, brass band trainer and adjudicator currently working with a number of ensembles across the world. In 2015 he joined the creative team of the Cory Band, the world’s top-ranked band, as their Musical Consultant.
In 1975 on graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music he joined the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera as Principal Tuba. Two years later he moved to the Principal Tuba chair of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, a post he held for 33 years.
Today he maintains a busy schedule, as the tutor of tuba, pedagogy and brass studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (since 1977). Nigel is also much in demand as a freelance conductor and adjudicator, frequently working with a number of ensembles in Wales and overseas including Belgium and New Zealand.
For 10 years Nigel presented the popular ‘Sounding Brass’ programme on BBC Radio Wales and in 2011 the prestigious Welsh Music Guild presented Nigel with the John Edwards Memorial Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of Welsh music.