Conductor / Musical Director 2001 - 2021
Brian Hughes trained at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. During an exhaustive three-year course, he studied Conducting under Maurice Miles (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), harmony with Dr. Gordon Reynolds (HMChapel Royal, Windsor), and orchestration under Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pope (Coldstream Guards).
After five years as a serving Bandmaster, he returned to Kneller Hall to sit the Advanced Certificate, for appointment as a Director of Music. This much harder test was judged by outstanding figures from the world of professional music, such as the Harmony examination, presided over by the eminent composer William Lloyd Webber (father of Andrew and Julian).
In the final part - Conducting - Brian was faced by none other than Dr Eric Fenby himself, who was amanuensis to the English composer Frederick Delius. As a life-long lover of Delius's music, to pass under such illustrious gaze was greatly gratifying for Brian.
After retiring back to his Lancashire roots, Brian continued enjoying being part of the flourishing musical scene, both as a player, and as Musical Director of the Fylde Concert Orchestra, which he co-founded.
Sadly Brian passed away in late 2021.