Good luck to all those about to start on courses at music colleges and conservatoires and a big welcome to all those coming to study at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
We have a great year ahead at the RNCM including the 25th anniversary of the Day of Percussion. Our event takes place on Sunday 5th February 2017 so be sure to save the date - it promises to be a really special occasion!
I am looking forward to presenting the Bolsover Entertainment Contest and the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall - both events showing brass band music and playing of the very highest quality.
I am also looking forward to working with Ex Cathedra on a number of projects this year including a performance of Seven Angels by James MacMillan at St Giles Cripplegate in London as part of the Barbican's programme.
I look forward to seeing you at a gig or at the RNCM soon!