Alex Francis - Musical Director

Encouraged by his primary school, Alex received lessons on cornet through Rotherham Schools Music Service from the age of nine and was an active member of all music service activities as well as his school band and locally in Thorpe Hesley Village Brass Band.

By the age of 15 he'd progressed to the position of principal cornet of Rotherham Schools Youth Brass Band and joined Wards Brewery Band (now Strata Brass) as assistant principal cornet. After A-Levels he was delighted to accept an offer to study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and studied cornet / trumpet with Roger Webster and John Miller. The RNCM provided many valuable performance experiences in ensembles and a variety of concerts, festivals and recordings. Spells at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, Stockport based BT Band as Principal cornet, helped him reached his life’s ambition in 2002 to become a second-generation member of the ‘World Famous’ Brighouse & Rastrick Band. He held the Repiano cornet position with pride for many years enjoying numerous successes on contest and concert platforms.

Brass banding experience came through a short spell at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and then Stockport based BT Band as Principal cornet, before he reached his life’s ambition in 2002 by becoming a second-generation member of the ‘World Famous’ Brighouse & Rastrick Band. He held the Repiano cornet position with pride for many years and enjoyed numerous successes both on the contest and concert platform. Alex continues to perform to a high standard by playing lead Trumpet for the popular Yorkshire based soul band ‘The Soul Jam’, as well as performing with brass ensembles such as All Star Brass.

Alex gained a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield after graduating from the RNCM and has successfully worked as both a classroom and instrumental music teacher at all key stages. He is Lead Officer for Barnsley Music Service who are the lead organisation of Barnsley Music Education Hub.

He is also musical director for Barnsley Wind Bands and Barnsley Metropolitan Band. Through his work for the music service and his passion for instrumental music education, Alex has taken a keen interest in composing and arranging for junior ensembles and has produced a number of successful works which have been performed at major events.

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