Alex Francis - Musical Director

From the age of nine, Alex received lessons on cornet through Rotherham Schools Music Service 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.

After graduation Alex gained a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield and has worked both as a classroom and instrumental music teacher at all key stages. He is currently a Service Development Officer (Performance and Excellence) for Barnsley Music Service and a member of the leadership team and a member of Barnsley Music Education Hub's strategy board. He is musical director of both Barnsley Junior Band (aged 7-11) and Barnsley Metropolitan Band (Senior Brass Band). 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.

Alex currently enjoys playing lead Trumpet in the popular Yorkshire based soul band ‘The Soul Jam’, and performs with brass ensembles such as All Star Brass.

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