(Photo courtesy of Chris Sanderson)

    Brian Hughes trained at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.  During the three year course he studied conducting under Maurice Miles (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra); harmony with Dr Gordon Reynolds (HM Chapel Royal, Windsor) and orchestration under Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pope (Coldstream Guards)
    After five years as a serving Bandmaster, he returned to Kneller Hall to take the Advanced Certificate, for appointment as a Director of Music. Examiners included notable professional musicians such as William Lloyd Webber (father of famous sons Andrew and Julian) and Dr Eric Fenby, who had spent much of his life working with composer Frederick Delius. As a lifelong lover of Delius' music it was especially gratifying to pass the conducting examination under the scrutiny of Dr Fenby.
    After retirement, Brian returned to Lancashire and currently enjoys being part of the flourishing musical scene, both as player and as Musical Director of the Fylde Concert Orchestra.

LEADER, Peter Farnbank,LRSM

    Peter studied music a La Sainte Union des Sacres Cours College (now New College, Southampton University). He studied the violin under Alan Powell (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and Mark Knight (now professor of Violin and Viola, Guildhall School of Music).
     Peter qualified as a schoolteacher from Southampton University and taught music to A-Level in Gibraltar, where he was also conductor/Musical Director of the Gibraltar Youth Orchestra and the Camerata Singers, and Music Adviser to the Gibraltar Music Centre.

Peter was Leader of the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra from February 2010 to November 2011.  He now plays in the Fylde Sinfonia and continues to lead the local Cameo String Quartet which he formed.
     After qualifying from Newcastle University, Peter now pursues a full time career as a Chartered Psychologist and Psychological Therapist.  He is also a Chartered Scientist, and has a deep interest in Music Psychology.
   Peter moved to Lancashire "because of the friendliness of the people in the North" and after 25 years continues to enjoy a varied musical life here.