The Phoenix Wind Band has been conducted by Richard Jones since its formation in 2014. Richard’s background is as a clarinet player. He has played in a wide range of orchestras and wind bands since university. He currently plays regularly in the Brunel Sinfonia as well as helping out with several other local bands and orchestras.
Richard’s interest in conducting has developed over the last 5 years, and has been deepened through attending conducting courses. He is willing to tackle complicated pieces and enthusiastically encourages all band members to develop beyond their current standard. His focus has been on developing a cohesive sound for the band, including improving ensemble work to create as good a performance as possible.
Richard is passionate about showcasing English music written specifically for wind band including standard pieces by Vaughan Williams, and Holst as well as newer composers such as Philip Sparke and Fergal Carroll.
When not playing clarinet or conducting, Richard is a chartered engineer at Renishaw plc. He also enjoys hiking and travelling..