Nigel Boddice MBE – Artistic Director, West of Scotland Schools Concert Band

“It is a source of personal pride and pleasure to be connected to the WSSCB since its conception and see its growth and development into the format of today. It is a key week in my diary and one in which I revel with anticipation and challenge, both in its musical planning and as it all unfolds. The quality, enthusiasm, speed of learning and professionalism developed in the young stars of tomorrow is just superb, and is always exemplified by highly talented and caring musical and managerial colleagues. It’s one of life’s pleasures and treasures.”

Nigel Boddice M.B.E., Hon. A.R.A.M., enjoys a busy, impressive and enterprising conducting career. For his musical input and work with the youth of Scotland generally and West Lothian specifically, Nigel was awarded the M.B.E. in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He has a wealth of experience in a number of mediums. The early days were spent in community bands, almost entirely in brass bands. After study at the R.A.M., he was appointed to the BBCSSO as principal trumpet where he worked for the following twenty years. Since 1995, Nigel has travelled extensively to conduct many a varied combination of orchestra, ensemble and band. One of the highlights included the appointment as Chief Conductor to the Royal Norwegian Navy Band [KNMM] for some seven years. Another was winning the Scottish Brass Band Championships, both junior and senior titles in the same year.

Alongside this notable work Nigel has worked at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland [formerly the R.S.A.M.D.] since 1978 and these days combines the role as a Lecturer in Instrumental Performance both in the brass and conducting departments.  Most recently, Nigel has made recordings with the RCS Wind Orchestra, led several conducting seminars in Scotland, toured with the McOpera Ensemble [Scottish Opera Cooperative] and visited Germany conducting at the Herbst-Sauerland Fest with both orchestras and brass bands.

Future projects will see him conducting throughout Europe from Norway to Austria and from Belgium to Greece, regularly promoting the music of Scotland and specifically Scottish composers