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Barnes Concert Band Conductor

Alan Goodall

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Alan Goodall trained at Trinity College of Music, specialising in trumpet, and graduated in 1988. Having always felt drawn to a career in teaching, he successfully studied for a PGCE at Middlesex and joined Havering Music Services as a specialised brass teacher. He moved to Harrow and then to Hounslow in 2005, taking on responsibilities for teacher training and development and recruitment of the various student ensembles in the borough. Alan continues to enjoy the balance of teaching and encouraging music-making more widely in the community and was awarded the Most Innovative Person award at Hounslow Council in 2012.
Currently, Alan directs a selection of youth and adult orchestras, concert bands and brass bands including: the Hounslow Youth Concert Band and Orchestra, and the Barnes Concert Band. Highlights of his musical and conducting career comprise conducting the Eurostar Fanfare at the Festival Hall in April 2013, conducting in front of 10,000 spectators at the Mayor’s Rhythm of London in Trafalgar Square, performing the Vivaldi Trumpet concerto on Maundy Thursday in St Paul’s Cathedral and singing backing vocals to Freddie Mercury on Top of the Pops (as well as a brief appearance on Grange Hill!).
Alan’s aim is to help the band become the best they can be, by extending horizons and facilitating the improvement of all members as players and as musicians. Playing a selection of harmonious and melodic pieces, which widen the audience the Barnes Concert Band can attract, are a good ‘listen’ and are still technically demanding, is of particular interest. Alan would like the band to play music that people want to listen as well as what the members would like to play and his own listening style reflects this mix.
When not giving his time to teaching and  directing music in Barnes or Hounslow, Alan can be found immersed in listening to Mahler on an iPod, tuning into Radio 5 Live and taking time to be a proud grandfather, a Manchester United supporter and a truly terrible golfer.