Chris Mitchell – Artistic Director, West Training Band
Born in 1979 in Glasgow, Chris Mitchell is a Conductor, Educator and Performer. He is a graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland receiving a MMus in Performance and a Ba Honours Degree. In 2012 Chris was appointed Musical Director of Strathclyde University Concert Band, leading the ensemble to success on international tours & performing to sell-out audiences at home and abroad. He is passionate about teaching younger musicians. Working as a Brass Instructor in West Dunbartonshire, Chris has built the regional Concert Band over a 10 year period from infancy as a training ensemble to a multi award winning Concert Band achieving gold awards at regional and national festivals and performing in London at the Royal Academy of Music.
As a Tuba player, Chris has worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New Music Ensemble Symposia and is a founding member of Regal Brass Quintet. Since 2005 he has held the position of Tuba and Euphonium tutor with the West of Scotland Schools Concert Band. With this ensemble he has witnessed first-hand the positive impact high quality training and performance opportunities can have on young musicians.
“I’m thrilled to be able to play a part with the new training ensembles. Widening access for younger students to this incredible organisation will mean more young musicians can benefit from working with inspirational tutoring staff and experience the unique atmosphere that exists during WSSO residential courses. The training ensembles provide an opportunity for students to be involved with WSSO Trust activities at an earlier stage, helping them to develop their musical skills alongside talented musicians of similar age and experience.”