New Musical Director
Ashbourne Town Band are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Richard E Gillmore as Musical Director of the band.
Richard was born in Kingston-on-Thames in 1944 into a brass banding family. He moved to Cardiff when he was 12 years old where he learned to play the cornet in the Salvation Army junior band. He attended the Cardiff college of Music for lessons with Tom Morrison (then principal trumpet with the BBC Welsh orchestra) and then with Ivor Bosanko.
He joined the Cardiff Canton Senior band in 1960 on Tutti cornet. He left school and started a career in Financial services soon after. In 1965 the band were invited to London to take part in the Salvation Army's 100th Anniversary celebrations. A great occasion and memory which entailed playing at the international pageant of all 80 countries represented, and enjoying playing on two occasions in the Royal Albert Hall in London.
A promotion at work took him to Swansea where he joined Morriston SA band on Solo Horn being made bandmaster 18 months later. The band was making significant progress when work meant a move to Derby in 1972.
The stint at Derby central included 3yrs as Solo horn, followed by 5 years as bandmaster. He left in 1981 and conducted Ransomes band at Newark and achieved 3rd place in the Midlands area Campionships
He later rejoined Derby on Solo horn in1985 and was bandmaster from 1989 to 2003. During this period the band played in the Royal Festival Hall in London, undertook a short tour of Germany and made a CD. The band also broadcast twice on the Radio 2 Bandstand programme. He went back on to Horn until 2008 when he decided it was time to retire from playing.
Richard had moved to Yeaveley in 1987 and in his capacity as an Independent financial adviser ran the Ashbourne agency of the Halifax Building Society for some years. Now living at Alkmonton, and hearing that the Town Band needed a musical director he felt he could make a useful contribution for a few years yet.
Richard has been widowed twice Once in 2004 and more recently in January 2015. He is interested in cricket, football, and rugby and he holds debentures at the recently re-named Principality Stadium in Cardiff due to his formative years there.