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Huw Thomas, Musical Director

Huw was born in Cardiff in 1974. At the age of 11 he took up the cornet and joined the Tongwynlais Band. He knew he wanted to make a career in music, so took up the trumpet and in 1992 was awarded a place in the National Youth of Wales under Elgar Howarth.

Soon after this he won a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying for a B. Mus (Hons). On leaving the Conservatoire he took a job playing Co-Principal Trumpet with the Orquestra Do Norte in Portugal, a position he held for 2 years.

On returning to the UK, he accepted an invitation to conduct Melton Town Band. After 18 months Huw was appointed to The Kibworth Band where he enjoyed working closely with John Berryman. During this time he also conducted the CD debut of the Forresters Brass Ensemble.

Soon after, Huw embarked on a PG Dip. course in Conducting at Sal ford University under Professor David King – this led to work with the Thoresby Band and many guest appearances with Championship Section bands.

In 2004 he was awarded the Denis and Maud Wright Conducting Award in which he conducted the Faireys Band and he was also runner-up in the North-West Brass Band Conductor of the Year.

Huw was appointed MD of The Enderby Band in 2005, and since then the band has had numerous successes, of which promotion to the Championship Section in 2008 is just one.

Huw was very privileged to have recently made his orchestral conducting debut with the Sinfonia Tamesa in London. As an MA music student at Durham University (specializing in conducting) he enjoys studying with Ray Farr.

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Pennine Brass