Who's Who in the Music Centre

Patron and Guest Conductor

Dr. Tim Reynish

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Tim Reynish has agreed to become the first Patron of the Music Trust.

Tim is one of the most influential figures in the world of wind band music, as well as being an eminent orchestral conductor.

He started his career as principal horn of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, eventually moving into education as Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Tim has championed the wind band as a serious and distinctive musical medium for all ages and standards, commissioning countless new works from leading composers. He is the founder of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles(BASBWE) and was president of the World Association WASBWE. He now spends much of his time travelling between the Far East and America, conducting and leading courses on wind band methodology and conducting.

His website Timreynish.com is an invaluable source of information and inspiration for all involved in training wind ensembles – have a look at it!

Website: www.timreynish.com

Principal Musical Director
Jeff Snowdon

Jeff Snowdon's career has led him down many of the highways and byways of the music profession with various combinations of playing, teaching and conducting. He started out as a professional Horn Player, studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under eminent soloists Ifor James, Michael Purton, Derek Taylor and Julian Baker. In a playing career spanning nearly twenty years he worked with many of the country’s leading symphony and chamber orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic (touring Brazil, Germany, Belgium and Holland), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hallé Orchestra, Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and Moscow Ballet.

He was a member of the East of England Orchestra (now Sinfonia Viva) until joining the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra, with which he played for six years. Other engagements have included the Manchester Concert Orchestra and performances as guest Principal Horn with the Orchestra of the Swan, English Serenata and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo.

As well as Orchestral Work he has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera Companies and many theatrical productions including the West End productions of "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar", Tommy Steel's "Singing in the Rain", "Pickwick", "My Fair Lady", "Pacific Overtures" at the Leicester Haymarket and "Into the Woods" for Manchester Library Theatre.

Jeff studied conducting under George Hurst at Canford as well as short courses with Timothy Reynish, Peter Stark, Denise Ham and Michael Rose.

He is currently Director of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra, Nottingham High School Concert Band and Principal Musical Director of the Dark Peak Music Trust.

Jeff is tutor of Horn at Nottingham High School for Boys and the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire in addition to a teaching practice in his home town of Glossop. He has coached horn sections of the National Childrens Orchestra as well as Derbyshire, Essex, Nottingham and Yorkshire Youth Orchestras.

In 1991 Jeff founded the Glossop Concert Society of which he was Artistic Director for 23 years, organising well over 100 professional chamber concerts featuring leading artists. He spent two years as Education Coordinator for the Buxton Festival, which culminated in running the Millennium Community Opera, the biggest theatrical project ever staged in the High Peak with over 300 performers.

Website: www.jeffsnowdon.com

Ensemble Director - Glossop Intermediate Wind Band
Rachel Whibley

Rachel was born in Wakefield and began her music studies on the clarinet, moving to the bassoon at the age of 12. After a "Fame"-style time at sixth form college, she gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music. During her time there she started to freelance with many of the major orchestras in the North West, and also began her teaching career, working at Rossall school in Fleetwood and the RNCM Junior school.

After completing her music degree, Rachel was employed 2 days a week as a woodwind teacher at St. Benedict's school, Derby, whilst pursuing her freelance career, playing regularly with the RLPO, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Between 1996 and 1999 Rachel and her husband Daniel, a double bass player, lived and worked in Dublin. These years were filled with full-time playing, performing with the RTE orchestras and the Ulster orchestra in Belfast.

Settling in Glossop after her return to Britain, Rachel has taught many local children,both as an instrumental teacher and as an ensemble director, striving to inspire others with her love of music. She now has two children, one of whom now plays trombone in the newly formed Glossop Beginner Band, and attempts to successfully combine motherhood, teaching and playing.

Ensemble Director - Chinley Junior Wind Band
Rosie Crook

Director of Strings
Tom Elliott

Ensemble Director - Glossop Strings Orchestras
Emma Dixon

Ensemble Director - Glossop Strings Orchestras
Isobel Wren


Maria Snowdon - Woodwind

ian Naylor - Lower Strings


Chair: Andy Zuntz

Treasurer: Les Newsham

Secretary: Jenny Brown

Child Safeguarding: Carolyn Woodham

Publicity: Rachel McGraw

Joanne Brack

Sonia Habgood

Sue Holt

David Hill

Michael Swiffin

Lynne Matthews

Jude Whitehead

Derbyshire City & County Music Partnership
Area Leader for Instrumental Development:

Tamandra Ford

Life Members of the Dark Peak Music Trust

Awarded to players who have given exceptional service and made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Music Centres.

Gordon Procter (Tuba 2008)

Vanessa Fuidge (Flute 2008)

Rachel Fuidge (Flute 2008)

Maria Birnie (Cornet 2010)

Katie White (Flute 2012)

Christopher Roberts (Violin 2012)

Dominic Brass (Euphonium 2013)

Poppy Philigreen (Saxophone 2014)

Nick Dove (Horn 2014)