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Alan Fernie was born in the Scots mining village of Newtongrange. At the age of 13 he began to play the trombone both at school and with the local brass band, and went on to study music in Glasgow and London. After a short period working as an orchestral player, he moved into instrumental education, spending over 20 years teaching brass in schools all over the East of Scotland. It was during this time he began conducting, and he has gone on to direct ensembles at all levels, winning many awards.
Alan began writing for brass whilst still a student, and his compositions and arrangements are now played, published and recorded all over the world.
Living in the Scottish Borders, Alan works as a freelance musician, finding time to write, conduct, teach, adjudicate, perform and act as compere all over the UK and beyond.