Besses O’ Th’ Barn Band are delighted to announce their new musical director, Jonathan Lo. Jonny proved the outstanding candidate in a fine field of applicants for the MD’s position at Besses and the band are looking forward to a successful year with Jonny at the helm. Jonny is completely new to the brass band field, although he has been known to play a French Horn in the distant past! He is currently at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music studying towards a Masters in Conducting, having completed his undergraduate studies at Oxford University. Despite his lack of brass banding experience, Jonny brings clarity, direction and pure musicality to the bandroom and the band hope this will translate into success on the concert and contest stage. Chair Matt Bailey said, “From the minute he took up the baton in front of the band, it was clear that Jonny was a very special talent indeed. The band is very privileged to have a Musical Director of his calibre and we’re very excited with the direction he is taking us”. Jonny will have his first public engagement with the band at a special concert for the Disasters Emergency Committee in aid of the Haiti Earthquake. More details to follow soon. Besses still have a few vacancies around the band, especially cornets and percussion, see www.besses.co.uk for full details.