Senior Band – David Clark
Born in Northumberland and trained at Bede College, Durham, David Clark taught in middle, special and secondary schools. For 13 years he was Head of Creative Arts and Director of Music at a local comprehensive school and Principal of Southend Music School. He was then appointed 14-19 Strategy Manager for Southend schools, followed by seven years working as a self-employed consultant, managing educational projects.
David is an experienced Musical Director who works with a range of bands and choirs. For 23 years he was the Musical Director of Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir, building their membership from 30 to 130. Currently he directs Southend Wind Orchestra, Southend Band, The Da Capo Singers and the 130-strong Orpheus Singers.
Community Band – Jennifer Wilkinson
Growing up in Yorkshire, Jenny comes from a strong brass band heritage and has been playing in brass bands since the age of six. She studied for her degree in Music at the University of Nottingham and also spent time at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, specialising in voice. Jenny studied conducting under Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Alain Cazes and has played in and conducted a number of bands around London and the UK.
Alongside the Community Band, Jenny plays tenor horn in LMB’s Senior Band and leads the eight-week Learners’ Course. She also sings with the Purcell Singers, one of London’s premier chamber choirs. She is passionate about community music education and the power of music as a tool for social mobility.
Training Band – Iain McDonald
Iain McDonald is a musician, conductor and teacher based in London, England.
Originally from Perthshire, Scotland, Iain obtained his degree in Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, moving on to become a part of the eclectic music scene of the British capital.
He currently plays the tuba in a diverse array of ensembles, including the Army Medical Services Band, City of London Brass Band, London Euphonia Orchestra and Help for Heroes Band, just to name few.
Iain regularly conducts, plays and trains with the Scarsdale High School Wind Band (based in New York) on their international tours, and performs on several recording projects as a session musician and as a stage performer, showcasing a high degree of flexibility and musicianship.
Other collectives Iain has worked with include The West of Scotland Schools Orchestra Trust and the Co-operative Funeral Care Brass Band.