Brass for Africa's Composer in Residence:
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.
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
Alan has been a member of the NABBC since May 2003.
Alan took a two month sabatical from his teaching in the UK to teach, mentor, conduct and inspire Brass for Africa's young musicians in Uganda in April and May 2016. On returning from his time in Africa when asked why did you give up your time to teach for Brass for Africa in Uganda Alan replied: It was the opportunity of a lifetime, and the realisation that Brass for Africa is something very, very special. Such an exciting and worthwhile thing to do- I've learned so much!!
Alan has published three fantastic compostions with royalties donated to Brass for Africa.