The band’s current Musical Director is Lewis Wilkinson
Lewis was born in County Durham, where he started playing the trombone at age 10 after being inspired by the sights and sounds of the annual Durham Miner’s Gala.
He studied music at Durham University where his interest in conducting began. Whilst there, he conducted the university brass band, opera ensemble and symphony orchestra, with performances in Durham Cathedral, on tour in Budapest and in Warwick Arts Centre (where Lewis conducted the university brass band to 3rd place at the UniBrass competition) being particular highlights.
Upon completing his degree, Lewis began conducting North Skelton Band in North Yorkshire, a band he took from the 3rd to 1st section in the space of three years. This led to him being invited to become the resident conductor of Fishburn Band where he gave notable performances alongside guest soloists such as trumpeter Mike Lovatt and pianist Alison Gill.
It was at this time he established his own orchestra, Orchestra Cipriani, which focused on British music in the 19th Century, and was asked to become Music Director of Piccalilli Opera Company based in Scarborough.
In September 2016, Lewis was appointed as a brass teacher for Durham Music Service where through his work as the leader of the County Big Band, was mentored in jazz directing by Mark Arnstrong, professor of jazz at the Royal College of Music. He also collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on projects involving his primary school pupils.
In September 2019, Lewis took the decision to move to Cardiff to study for a master’s degree in Conducting under the direction of Dr Robert Childs. Lewis was delighted to be invited to become the Music Director of Parc and Dare Band shortly after moving to Cardiff.
Lewis has been Musical Director at Parc and Dare Band since September 2019.