Arlene MacFarlane – Course Director, Training Band

Arlene studied Trombone at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she graduated with a BMus Degree in Performance with Honors of the First Class, obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction and was awarded a Masters in Music with Distinction. Following on from her studies, Arlene was appointed as Sub – Principle Trombone of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in where she spent five fantastic years before relocating back to Scotland with her family.

Arlene’s other professional work includes appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Arlene continues to enjoy freelancing as a trombonist and teaches brass for South and North Ayrshire Music Services. In addition to her teaching commitments, Arlene is also lower brass tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and musical director for the Dynamica Brass Academy.

Arlene says, ‘I am delighted to take over the role of course director for the West of Scotland Schools training Band. Having not only been part of the WSSO family for over ten years, I have been lower brass tutor for the training band since it first began in 2015. I have seen it go from strength to strength and I am continuously astonished at what can be achieved by the wonderful young people we work with. I love working within the friendly, relaxed environment that has been created in the training band which enables its members to grow musically and socially.’