Alan Holford G.R.S.M(Hons) L.R.A.M MISM
Specialist Brass Teacher, Musician, Conductor & Ensemble Trainer
Alan is based in Leicestershire U.K with over 37 years experience teaching, playing, conducting and working with young people, students and adults.
Like his pupils today, Alan began his musical journey at school where he began to play the Trumpet aged ten. As a young member of numerous school and county bands and orchestras he went on to perform with The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, The British Youth Choir and Chamber Orchestra and The European Community Youth Orchestra.
At age 17 Alan went to study Trumpet with Mr James Watson FRAM at The Royal Academy of Music in London where he graduated with a G.R.S.M(Hons) L.R.AM in 1981.
After a period as a freelance musician in London, with a passion for teaching Alan joined the staff of The Leicestershire School of Music where he later held the position of Head of Brass and Percussion for nineteen years from 1993 - 2012. Alan teaches across all brass instruments specialising in Trumpet and Cornet guiding students along the way into music college and careers in the music profession. Alan taught Trumpet at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and Leicester University. Alan continues to perform as a freelance Trumpet player in the Midlands and beyond with experience in theatres, orchestra, big band and function bands.
As a conductor and ensemble trainer Alan formed the Birstall Brass Ensemble for his students locally and also the Leicestershire Arts Brass Ensemble which, went on to success in the Classic FM Crosse & Blackwell music competition. In 1995 the ensemble was awarded the Alfred de Reyghere Trophy for the most outstanding performance at the National Chamber Music Competition for Schools. Under Alan’s expert guidance the Leicestershire Arts Symphonic Wind Band won multiple awards including twelve gold awards for performances at the NationalConcert Band Festival UK.