Conductors

Founder & Music Director – Brian Hill

Barisons Wind Band founder, Brian Hill, started the band in September 2005. At the time he ran Barisons Brass Band which to date had a series of successful run of concert tours and competitions but restricted the intake of instrument students to just our brass players. By changing the bands format to a Wind Band he opened up positions for all our woodwind students who (at the time) were not playing for any other ensembles.

His experience as a director includes Orchestras, Wind Bands, Musicals, Brass Bands, Swing Bands and theatre productions www.barisonsproductions.com.

Brian is a professional trumpeter and conductor, working primarily for www.barisons.co.uk. He earned his BA (Hons) at Kingston University. Following this he continued at Kingston, achieving a Masters Degree in performance, analysis and composition. He has conducted for University College London, St Georges Medical School, Sunbury Youth Theatre, Kew Wind Orchestra, founded and conducted Kingston University Wind Orchestra, was guest conductor at Kneller Hall where he conducted the Scots Guards in front of an audience of 10,000.

As a trumpeter he has played with Moscow State Circus, Billy Smarts Circus, on a Mediterranean Cruise, as well as with the Singapore Wind Symphony. He has played for the musical FAME at the London Palladium and with the Memphis Bell Swing Orchestra, The Squadronairs and the Glenn Miller Tribute Band and with musicians such as Wayne Marshall, Penelope Thwaites and John Lavender.

As a soloist he has played the Haydn Trumpet concerto under the conductor Ben Costello and the Torelli Trumpet concerto with the So Mang Orchestra.

He is the founder member of Kingston Brass with whom he opened the Legoland Theme Park and performed throughout it’s first season, opened the British Library’s new reading room where again they continued a series of concerts and took part in the first London Grainger Event – a spectacular weekend held at St John’s, Smith Square in 1998.

His current projects include www.sinatraliveatthesands.com & www.elvistheultimateperformance.com


Jonathan Bridges

Jonathan was born and has spent most of his life in Surrey. From a young age, Jonathan was interested in music and started playing the piano at the age of 8 and following this, he also began playing the trumpet at the age of 11. Much of Jonathan’s teenage years were occupied with playing in bands, including Barisons Wind Band and singing with choirs; something which has put him in good stead for the future.

After gaining Grade 8 Distinction under the tuition of Brian Hill, Jonathan went to study Music at the University of Surrey at the age of 18 where he focused on solo performance on the trumpet, with Andrew Mitchell of the Philharmonia Orchestra, accompanied by Conducting, with Russell Keable, conductor of the Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra. Much of his time there was taken up with these two interests and once he graduated in 2008, Jonathan took the role of conducting Barisons Wind Band (2008), followed by the conducting post for Barisons Chamber Choir (2009). Recent performances with the choir have included a concert for the Children’s Trust in Tadworth and an afternoon concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Southbank.

In the same year, Jonathan completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education to become a qualified Music teacher and now works full time for Barisons Music School as Head of Brass.