Who's Who in the Music Centre
Patron and Guest Conductor
Dr. Tim Reynish
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Tim Reynish has agreed to become the first Patron of the Music Trust.
Tim is one of the most influential figures in the world of wind band music, as well as being an eminent
He started his career as principal horn of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,
eventually moving into education as Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Tim has championed the wind band as a serious and distinctive musical medium for all ages and standards,
commissioning countless new works from leading composers. He is the founder of the British Association of
Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles(BASBWE) and was president of the World Association WASBWE.
He now spends much of his time travelling between the Far East and America, conducting and leading courses on
wind band methodology and conducting.
His website Timreynish.com is an invaluable source of information and inspiration for all involved in
training wind ensembles – have a look at it!
Principal Musical Director
Jeff Snowdon's career has led him down many of the highways and byways of the music profession with various
combinations of playing, teaching and conducting. He started out as a professional Horn Player,
studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under eminent soloists Ifor James, Michael Purton, Derek Taylor
and Julian Baker. In a playing career spanning nearly twenty years he worked with many of the country’s leading
symphony and chamber orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic (touring Brazil, Germany, Belgium and Holland),
the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hallé Orchestra, Opera North, Manchester
Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra,
English National Ballet and Moscow Ballet.
He was a member of the East of England Orchestra (now Sinfonia Viva) until joining the Northern Ballet
Theatre Orchestra, with which he played for six years. Other engagements have included the Manchester
Concert Orchestra and performances as guest Principal Horn with the Orchestra of the Swan, English Serenata
and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo.
As well as Orchestral Work he has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera
Companies and many theatrical productions including the West End productions of "Evita", "Jesus Christ
Superstar", Tommy Steel's "Singing in the Rain", "Pickwick", "My Fair Lady", "Pacific Overtures" at the Leicester
Haymarket and "Into the Woods" for Manchester Library Theatre.
Jeff studied conducting under George Hurst at Canford as well as short courses with Timothy Reynish, Peter Stark,
Denise Ham and Michael Rose.
He is currently Director of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra, Nottingham High School Concert Band and Principal Musical Director
of the Dark Peak Music Trust.
Jeff is tutor of Horn at Nottingham High School for Boys and the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire
in addition to a teaching practice in his home town of Glossop. He has coached horn sections of the National
Childrens Orchestra as well as Derbyshire, Essex, Nottingham and Yorkshire Youth Orchestras.
In 1991 Jeff founded the Glossop Concert Society
of which he was Artistic Director for 23 years, organising well over 100 professional chamber concerts featuring leading artists. He spent two years as Education Coordinator for the
, which culminated in running the Millennium
Community Opera, the biggest theatrical project ever staged in the High Peak with over 300 performers.
Ensemble Director - Glossop Intermediate Wind Band
Rachel was born in Wakefield and began her music studies on the clarinet, moving to the bassoon at the age of 12.
After a "Fame"-style time at sixth form college, she gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music.
During her time there she started to freelance with many of the major orchestras in the North West,
and also began her teaching career, working at Rossall school in Fleetwood and the RNCM Junior school.
After completing her music degree, Rachel was employed 2 days a week as a woodwind teacher at St. Benedict's
school, Derby, whilst pursuing her freelance career, playing regularly with the RLPO,
BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Between 1996 and 1999 Rachel and her husband Daniel, a double bass player, lived and worked in Dublin.
These years were filled with full-time playing, performing with the RTE orchestras and the Ulster orchestra in
Settling in Glossop after her return to Britain, Rachel has taught many local children,both as an instrumental
teacher and as an ensemble director, striving to inspire others with her love of music. She now has two children,
one of whom now plays trombone in the newly formed Glossop Beginner Band, and attempts to
successfully combine motherhood, teaching and playing.
Ensemble Director - Chinley Junior Wind Band
Director of Strings
Ensemble Director - Glossop Strings Orchestras
Ensemble Director - Glossop Strings Orchestras
Maria Snowdon - Woodwind
ian Naylor - Lower Strings
Chair: Andy Zuntz
Treasurer: Les Newsham
Secretary: Jenny Brown
Child Safeguarding: Carolyn Woodham
Publicity: Rachel McGraw
Derbyshire City & County Music Partnership
Area Leader for Instrumental Development:
Life Members of the Dark Peak Music Trust
Awarded to players who have given exceptional service and made an outstanding contribution
to the development of the Music Centres.
Gordon Procter (Tuba 2008)
Vanessa Fuidge (Flute 2008)
Rachel Fuidge (Flute 2008)
Maria Birnie (Cornet 2010)
Katie White (Flute 2012)
Christopher Roberts (Violin 2012)
Dominic Brass (Euphonium 2013)
Poppy Philigreen (Saxophone 2014)
Nick Dove (Horn 2014)