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Key Changes for County Ensembles

Hampshire County Council’s Music Service is pleased to announce the appointment of two high-profile ensemble conductors/directors. Carl Clausen takes over the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra (HCYO) and Phillip Scott takes over the Hampshire County Youth Wind Band (HCYWB).

Carl Clausen conducting

Carl Clausen is no stranger to Hampshire Music Service; he has directed the Winchester Area Schools’ Orchestras (WASO) for 19 years, and the Hampshire County Youth Wind Band since it was founded three years ago. He has developed WASO into an ambitious group of ensembles, and now hands over the WASO directorship to Martin Garrod.

Carl was born in Chile where he started playing the cornet in the Salvation Army before going on to study brass and percussion, but nowadays he focuses all his energy on conducting and teaching.

Carl is looking forward to building on the excellent work of previous HCYO director, Tom Seligman, by introducing the young musicians to a wide range of music, both old and new. Carl says, I believe that young musicians should have their feet in the past and their eyes on the horizon.” Carl thrives on watching children develop their music skills, and still gets a thrill out of the performance side to his role adding, conducting rehearsals and concerts is a performance in itself. It’s a part that I love, although it can be taxing sometimes as you always have to put on a good show for the children. If you’re below par they know immediately!”

Phillip Scott conducting

Phillip Scott, who joins Hampshire Music Service in September, brings a vast range of experience and knowledge to the role of HCYWB Director. Born in the American Midwest, Phillip moved to London when he was 15 and after leaving school trained as a clarinettist, pianist and conductor. A varied career followed; formerly Head of Wiltshire Music Service and Director of East Sussex Music Service, he has been Principal of the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music & the Arts in southeast London for the last seven years. Phillip has also conducted many of the UK’s finest wind bands including, since its foundation in 1998, the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

Phillip says that his favourite bit of the job is guiding young students to grow into better, more complex musicians, especially when a student breaks through an apparently unbreachable technical or musical barrier which for Phillip is, pure magic!”

Phillip is keen to take over the HCYWB reins from Carl Clausen and, using his specialist knowledge in conducting youth wind bands, cannot wait to develop this exciting ensemble. Phillip has high expectations for the ensemble saying that, drawing members from such a large county as Hampshire, and supported by such a terrific music service as Hampshire Music Service, I see no reason why the Hampshire County Youth Wind Band shouldn’t be one of the finest in the country before long.”

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