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Guest Artists

Colin Touchin
Colin Touchin guest conductor

Colin Touchin is a British conductor and composer, clarinettist and recorder-player, festival adjudicator and broadcaster. He has founded several ensembles in the UK, notably the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra in Coventry and the National Youth Recorder Orchestra. He is Guest Conductor of the Essex Chamber Orchestra and the Lufthansa Orchestra, and Associate Conductor of the London Charity Orchestra. In Hong Kong he has guest conducted the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong with Hayley Westenra, and the Hong Kong Police Band. Colin Touchin’s distinguished career includes fifteen years as Director of Music at the University of Warwick, and conductor of award-winning ensembles including the University of Warwick Chamber Choir, Warwickshire County Youth Orchestra and The Birmingham Schools’ Wind Orchestra. He has conducted the National Youth Wind Orchestras of Great Britain, Wales, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. His compositions and arrangements have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and RTHK Radio 4. These include his wind band composition entitled Eclipse which was the selected set-piece for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2014. For RTHK Radio 4 he has hosted and presented numerous music programmes. Colin Touchin is also active in music education, having conducted and led workshops for students and teachers in 20 countries including Taiwan and China. He has also been involved in the National School Band Association Festivals in the UK and the National Youth Recorder Orchestras in Holland, Australia and UK.