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Conductor | Composer | Adjudicator
Jack Capstaff is a conductor and composer of a wide variety of musical genres and ensembles.
Jack read Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Peter Reynolds, John Hardy, Dr Robert Spearing, and Michael McCartney, as well as conducting under Dr John Traill, Anthony Negus and David Jones.
As a composer, Jack has been commissioned by some of the countries leading ensembles and awards bodies. In 2022 Jack worked with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery band to put together a recording of The Snow Queen, a multi-media adaption of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of the same title, with narration by Frank Renton and animation by his wife Charlotte.
In 2018 Jack came 2nd in the BBCA (formerly NABBC) conductors conducting competition, which he matched in 2022, as well as taking the 'highest UK participant award', he now holds the post of PRO with the BBC.
Alongside freelance orchestral conducting, and working with some of the county’s top bands; Jack has held residencies with the South Yorkshire Police Band, Ripon City Band, as well as the Yorkshire Imperial Metals band and currently conducts Derwent Brass and the Hatfield and Askern Band.
Jack continues to work with the National Association of Brass Band adjudicators, with whom he has travelled country wide for regional, national, and entertainments contests while developing his adjudicating portfolio, as he hopes to help give input and advice to music creators further afield. He has most recently enjoyed adjudicating at Unibrass.
Since early 2022 Jack has begun studying and consulting with some of the country’s top musical minds, studying conducting with Mark Heron, Frank Renton, and Ray Farr with composition advice from Philip Wilby.
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