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Nigel Seaman is a busy freelance conductor, teacher, brass band trainer and adjudicator currently working with a number of bands in Wales and beyond. He joined the creative team of the Cory Band in 2014 as their Musical Consultant, working closely with the band’s Musical Director, Philip Harper. Nigel was born in Denbigh, North Wales and studied at the Royal Manchester and Royal Northern Colleges of Music under the renowned teacher and performer Stuart Roebuck, who was for many years a member of the Halle Orchestra. Whilst at college, Nigel was awarded the Hiles Medal for orchestral playing. On graduating he moved to South Wales in 1975 to join the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera as Principal Tuba and two years later became the Principal Tuba of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, a post he held for 33 years until his retirement in 2010. However, he still maintains a busy schedule. He has been tutor of tuba and brass studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff since 1977 and is much in demand as a conductor, teacher, adjudicator and brass band trainer. Over the years, Nigel has held a number of appointments with all the top Welsh brass bands including Cory, Tredegar Town, Parc & Dare, Lewis Merthyr, Markham, BTM and Welsh League Champions, Burry Port Town Band. In 2003 he began his association with Desford Colliery Band in Leicestershire, working with them in contest, concert and CD recording ventures. Notable successes with the band include a creditable third place in the 2006 British Open contest and victory at the 2008 All England Masters contest in Cambridge. For 10 years Nigel presented the popular 'Sounding Brass' programme on BBC Radio Wales and during his professional playing and conducting career has travelled extensively in the UK and undertaken many overseas tours throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and Far East, and during the past 36 years has directed over 400 contest performances and many more concert appearances with over 45 different bands. In 2011 the Welsh Music Guild presented Nigel with the John Edwards Memorial Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievements in Welsh music. This reflects Nigel’s long career in the BBC NOW and his many years of music-making with brass bands in Wales. He is also a Silver Award recipient and Life Member of the South East Wales Brass Band Association.

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