During the weekend of 23rd/24th March our MD, Andrew Whitaker, enjoyed an intensive conducting course with the well-known brass band and orchestral conductor Russell Grey.
An early start on Saturday was spent on conducting techniques followed by an afternoon with the Bathgate Band working on the recent Championship section testpiece, Seascapes by Ray Steadmann Alan.
The discussion about the state of the brass band movement and conducting continued late into the evening on Saturday before another early start on Sunday which was a day again with Bathgate Band but this time on concert music prior to an evening concert at the Regal Theatre in Bathgate.
The concert in the evening featured the Bathgate Beginners, Bathgate Training and the Bathgate Senior Bands. Each delegate conducted a choice of music and the concert featured Band of Brothers suite, March Praise, The Deep, The Lion King, Movement II of Seascapes as well as a number of arrangements by Alan Fernie.
At the end of the weekend, it was agreed it was well worthwhile and a number of strong friendships were formed!