The Aveley and Newham Band are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ben Gernon as their Resident Conductor. Ben is a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Patrick Harrild, Sian Edwards and Sir Colin Davis. He has held positions as the Principal Tuba of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain where worked under Elgar Howarth and Bramwell Tovey, and also Principal Tuba of the CBSO Youth Orchestra. He has played with bands such as The Staffordshire Band, Carlton Main and Black Dyke, and has conducted Staffordshire, Newport, Jackfield and GUS Band, as well as participating in conducting workshops with the NYBBGB. He was a contestant in the Leeds Conducting Competition, where he had the chance to work with the Orchestra of Opera North and he is also the National Association of Brass Band Conductor’s Young Conductor of the Year 2009. He has conducted the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish, LPO Future Firsts, Southwark Youth Orchestra and the LSO Community Choirs. He made his BBC Radio 3 Proms debut this year conducting Tansy Davies’ Proms Plus concert and is assistant conductor to the contemporary specialist ensemble, Ubu. Ben is currently shadowing conductors of the London Symphony Orchestra, including Valery Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis, and his future conducting work includes numerous Ubu concerts, UBS Orchestra (in partnership with the LSO), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the LSO Conducting Masterclass with Sir Colin Davis next February. Working closely with the Band's MD Nigel Taken, Ben is very excited by this appointment and is looking forward to working the band hard!