It's with great delight that we welcome Alexander Webb to the ranks of the Greater Manchester Police Band volunteers, as our new conductor.
Alexander is a graduate of the percussion programme at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and in 2016 accepted a place to become the Timothy Reynish Conducting Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music. He first studied with Guy Woolfenden and now studies with Mark Heron and Clark Rundell. He has also participated in masterclasses with Nicolas Pasquet, Jac Van Steen, and Sir Mark Elder.
He maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician balancing percussion performance with his conducting engagements. As a percussionist he has worked with the English Symphony Orchestra, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, Desford Colliery band, and in 2012 was awarded the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Scheme place for timpani.
As a conductor Alex has worked with a variety of ensembles across the UK; including The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Swindon Chamber Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. He has undertaken tours around Europe, Asia and to the United States; and has also made recordings for broadcast on BBC Television and Radio. Alexander is very generously supported by the Waverley Fund.
Alex has already begun rehearsals with the wind band and has a couple of concerts with us under his belt. With some high-profile events coming soon, the band are thoroughly enjoying his conducting and are benefiting greatly from his knowledge and experience.
We hope you'll be able to see us perform soon, and enjoy Alex's conducting as much as we do!
The GMP Big Band performed at the Winter Wonderland spectacular at Event City on Saturday 17 December.
Here's a short clip of Chief Inspector Clara Williams, together with Andy Fenton, Clare Prior, Carol Rogers and Sarah Kent performing 'Santa Baby'
This is the band's second year performing at Winter Wonderland and we were happy to perform for so many people, especially those in the big queue to see Father Christmas himself!
Thank you to the organisers for inviting us to be part of your amazing event.
Tim’s first ever performance was at the age of two, shaking bells with his Dad’s harmonica band in a Christmas Concert at the Odeon in Weston super Mare.
He began piano lessons when he was eight. When Tim was ten he wanted to be a pop star, so he cobbled together a drum kit and formed a group with some friends. A year later he did something more sensible, joining the Weston Youth Orchestra playing timpani.
In 1966 Tim joined the Wessex Brigade as a junior bandsman, where he started learning the trombone. Two years later he went to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, then, after another year with his regimental band, (Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment), he left the army to pursue a civilian career.
Go back in time and see more about the band's history with our fabulous friends at the GMP museum. With archives and exhibits detailing the long and varied history of policing in Manchester, it's a fascinating and unique experience.
The museum is open to the public every Tuesday. Entry is FREE!
Private tours can also be arranged for groups of 5-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact the museum for more details.
GMP Band are pleased to be performing at the Royal Ascot Ladies Day for the High Sheriff's trust, helping to raise money for Manchester charities.
16 June 2016 at Fairfield Golf and Sailing Club, Audenshaw, Manchester.
There will be fizz, lunch and afternoon tea, plus prizes for the best hat!
Please see the poster (link below) for contact details and ticket prices.
High Sheriff's Trust - Royal Ascot Ladies Day