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New Conductor Appointment

Unley Concert Band is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Music Director, Mr Colin Prichard. We are excited for what is in store with Colin at the helm of the Double Blues.

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Colin commenced his tertiary studies at the Newcastle Conservatorium studying trombone with Warwick Tyrrell, and wind ensemble conducting with Dr Ian Cook. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 2011, Colin undertook further postgraduate study at the Sydney Conservatorium with Scott Kinmont. Colin is currently completing his Soloist Diploma with Professor Jonas Bylund at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany.

While studying in Europe, Colin achieved success in a number of international music competitions. In 2017, he won First Prize at both the Eighth International Competition for Brass Instruments in Gdansk, Poland, and the First International Trombone Competition in Alsace, France. Colin was also a semi-finalist of the Porcia International Trombone competition in 2015.

As a soloist, Colin has been engaged to perform concerti with a number of orchestras including, most recently, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven.

Since 2018, Colin has held the position of Principal Trombone with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. As a guest musician, Colin has been invited to work with orchestras and chamber ensembles in both Australia and Europe including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Staatsoper Hannover, Teatro Regio di Torino, Sydney Brass, and World Brass. Colin was also Principal Trombone of the Australian Youth Orchestra for their 2013 International Tour with Christoph Eschenbach.

From 2012 – 2015 Colin was musical director of Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band in Newcastle, Australia. He has also guest conducted Kensington and Norwood Brass in Adelaide, and advanced bands at regional music camps for The Arts Unit NSW.

To see Colin’s first performance leading the band, make sure you don’t miss out on ‘Bookworms’, our concert on Sat 14 August! It’s going to be a fantastic night of music! Tix on sale via the link in the comments.