Registration for inaugural Scottish Brass Learning Conference is now open

Monday 29 November 2021

The inaugural Scottish Brass Learning Conference will take place virtually on Sunday 5 December with an array of world class presenters delivering inspiring sessions on a wide range of topics. 

The conference is free to attend and aimed at all brass players including teachers, performers, students and graduates from all genres.

Internationally renowned trumpeter and former principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland John Wallace CBE will deliver the key note speech.  John was recently announced as the winner of Her Majesty’s Medal for Music, awarded to musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.

Sessions will include:

Tom Hooten, principal trumpet LA Philharmonic – Pillars of Truth in Brass Playing

Patrick Sheridan, tuba soloist - Breathing Gym

Andy Scott, saxophonist/composer - Introducing Improvisation to Our Skill Set

Helen Minshall, education ambassador at Warwick Music – Beginner Brass Strategies

Lee Holland, director of mental note - Introduction to Performance Psychology

Christine McGinley, orchestra of the Scottish Ballet - Unlocking the Mystery of the French Horn

Mark Reynolds, brass instructor at High Life Highland – A student’s musical journey in Highland

Jenna Main, ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) regional development executive, Scotland – Update: Digital Exams, What’s New for Brass and CPD Opportunities

The conference is supported by ABRSM, through the Elevate programme, created to better understand how to sustain young people’s musical learning in areas where they face significant barriers. 

Elevate was launched in response to The Music Commission report published in March 2019, which set out key themes and recommendations for improving how governments, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and learners are able to assess progress and progression in learning music.

As part of the conference, the organisers want to showcase talent from all over the country via virtual and recorded performances. If you have solo, ensemble, band, school or community performances you would like to share virtually with delegates, please send videos or wetransfer files to

Attendees can plan the day to suit their schedule for what will be a fantastic day of learning and professional development for brass musicians everywhere.

Register now for free via this short online form:


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