Hepworth Band has announced that Ryan Watkins is to become Director of Music.
His appointment follows a successful two-year tenure at Slaithwaite Band, with Ryan commenting that “The opportunity has come at a perfect time and was one I couldn’t refuse”.
“After being invited to rehearsals it was clear that Hepworth was in a strong place and had an excellent atmosphere in the bandroom. I’m relishing the opportunity to take the band forward and help achieve the ambitions of the band’s players.”
Ryan studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated with first-class honours. He is no stranger to Hepworth, having played with the band before taking up principal trombone seats with Fairey’s and Brighouse & Rastrick.
Ryan has also enjoyed branching out into the orchestral world, performing with the Hallé Orchestra, Gilbert & Sullivan National Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata.
In 2012, Ryan was presented with the British Trombone Society “Young Trombonist of the Year” award and progressed to the brass final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2014.
Hepworth spokesperson David Clegg said: “We’re delighted to have appointed such a talented, charismatic and forward-thinking young conductor to lead us.”
“Whilst at Brighouse & Rastrick under his musical mentor Prof. David King, Ryan has proved himself to be a musician of the very highest calibre. We have been looking for a permanent conductor for the past year and we believe that Ryan is the right choice to take over the reins, to steer and build our ambitious band to further successes.”
“The band is excited by the appointment and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
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