Alan Fernie, Brass for Africa’s Composer in Residence!
Brass for Africa is delighted to announce that acclaimed composer, arranger and educator Alan Fernie is now Composer in Residence for Brass for Africa.
Following on from Alan’s recent visit to Uganda with BfA, Alan has cemented his relationship with the charity by taking on this position. Moreover, Alan was so moved and inspired by what he experienced in Africa he will be spending an extended period in Uganda working on a voluntary basis for BfA in the spring of 2016!
A little more about Alan here:
Alan Fernie was born and brought up in the Scots mining village of Newtongrange. From the age of 13 he learned to play the trombone both at school and with the local brass band, going on to study music in Glasgow and London. After a short period working as an orchestral musician, Alan moved into instrumental education, spending over 20 years teaching brass in schools all over the East of Scotland. It was during this time that he began to conduct, and he has since directed bands at all levels, winning many awards.
He first wrote for brass whilst still a student, and his music is now played, recorded and published throughout the world. In 2009, Alan was honoured to receive “The President’s Award” from the Scottish Brass Band Association in recognition for his services to banding in Scotland.
He is also very proud to be composer in residence to the acclaimed charity “Brass for Africa”, with whom he has visited Uganda Living in the Scottish Borders, Alan now works as a freelance musician, finding time to write, teach, conduct, judge, perform and act as compere throughout the UK and beyond.