Band News - April 2008
BAND SELECTS NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Turner as our new Musical Director.
Martin Turner grew up in Essex, where his musical education started at the age of eight, becoming a chorister at Brentwood Cathedral and around the same time commencing his studies on piano and violin and subsequently viola, playing for many years with Essex Youth Orchestra. Choral and orchestral tours have seen Martin perform everything from Renaissance music to Jazz all over Europe.
Since moving to Hertfordshire, Martin is more often seen playing piano for musicals with local amateur dramatic companies. Recent productions include Jesus Christ Superstar with Potters Bar Theatre Company, the British amateur premiere production of We Will Rock You with MeMe Productions and The Last 5 Years with Completely Productions. Martin will be working with Completely Productions again next week for their production of Sondheim's Company at The Bull Theatre in Barnet.
Martin lives in Hatfield and currently teaches six instruments in ten different schools as part of his work for Brent Music Service. In 2008 Martin was musical director for Brent Music Service's bi-annual performance at Wembley Arena, which featured 1400 school children singing, playing and generally enjoying a wonderful experience! For the past five years Martin has also been the Director of Music and organist for the Catholic Parish of St Mary & St Andrew in Dollis Hill, London.
Martin's association with Potters Bar Town Band began six years ago, initially as guest conductor. Since then he has been responsible for overseeing the band's development and introducing some of the area's local young talent to the band, whilst working with the main band alongside the previous musical director. In his first year as musical director Martin has continued his work developing the band, fully integrating the junior members into the band, and has led the band in performances at Hatfield House, Canons Park, Brookmans Park, and most recently the Potters Bar Remembrance Day service. Future engagements include more concerts in the area, so keep an eye out for us!