Bolton School Senior Boys

National Children’s Orchestra Appointment

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Mr Ian Forgrieve, who is Head of Instrumental Studies at Bolton School Boys’ Division, has been appointed to the Music Advisory Group of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCOGB). Together with a handful of other instrumental specialists from across the country, he will advise NCOGB’s management about repertoire choices and other activities. Over the summer holidays, NCOGB ran a very successful series of online masterclasses, webinars and recording projects involving over 450 children aged 7-14. This NCOnline project was to replace the residential courses which had to be cancelled due to Covid. NCOGB is an institution which Ian has been involved with as a percussion tutor for several decades.

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At Bolton School, Ian is responsible for managing the team of 22 visiting specialist instrumental and vocal teachers. He coordinates the exam entries for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London, and was a consultant for the creation of the latest ABRSM Percussion Syllabus. As a percussion specialist, in addition to giving one-to-one percussion lessons, he directs the Samba Band, Drum Corps, Tuned Percussion Ensemble and Steel Pans Group, often writing the music for those groups. He performs in the band for school productions and concerts. Ian also teaches Year 7 and Year 8 class Music and he has been a percussion tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department for over 30 years.

Prior to working at Bolton School, Ian played professionally with many of the UK’s finest orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Manchester Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra - performing in prestigious venues throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, broadcasting on television and radio, and playing on many commercially available CDs.


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