The National Association of Brass Band Conductors is holding a conductor’s workshop scheduled to take place on Sunday 3 September at Durham University, Palace Green, Durham. Organised by the No. 2 Area of the NABBC, proceedings will commence after the region’s committee meeting at 11am with a score study of Eric Ball’s Resurgam led by Ray Farr. Following a buffet lunch, at 2pm a conductor’s forum will take place aiming to encourage an open discussion on the future of bands in the North East. The panel of experts leading the discussion will include Dr. Roy Newsome, Ray Farr, Linda Cook, Steve Robson and Lord Derek Foster. Dr. Roy Newsome is the president of the NABBC and an esteemed figure in the banding movement as is Ray Farr, who as well as being a prolific conductor, composer and arranger is also head of brass studies at Durham University. Linda Cook has a wealth of experience in bands in the North East and is currently horn player with the Reg Vardy Band. Having spent many years with the band, Linda was also the first ever female player with the band. Steve Robson is a NABBC member and currently conducts Stanhope Silver Band and champions the cause of bands in the local region and across the country working closely together for the benefit of musical projects. He works tirelessly with local ensembles and plays an important role in the groundbreaking Brass Band Aid Charity. The final expert leading discussions at the forum is Lord Derek Foster. Former opposition Chief Whip from 1985 to 1997 and member of the shadow cabinet, Lord Foster is a former player and an enthusiastic supporter of brass bands. He has maintained his enthusiasm for brass bands through The Salvation Army and has attended Brass in Concert for the past 25 years, helping with fund-raising for much of that time. He also played a leading part in persuading Durham University to make Brass Studies available. The day will be rounded-up with a masterclass given by the Reg Vardy Band and Ray Farr. The workshop is free to members of the NABBC and costs just £5 for non-members. Bookings can be made by contacting Andrew Whitaker (Hon. Secretary No. 2 Area), 2 Queensbury Court, Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 1TY or ‘phone 01924 890829 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.