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Salford aim Farr and wide for guest tutor roles

Star players Owen Farr and Glenn Van Looy have been appointed International Guest Soloists at the University of Salford for 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Owen Farr
  Besson artist Owen Farr will provide masterclasses and workshops during the next academic year.

The University of Salford Music & Dance Directorate has announced the appointment of tenor horn virtuoso Owen Farr as its 2017 International Guest Tutor.

The Besson artist will provide performance workshops across the academic year as well as featuring in a high-profile Masterclass series.

It was also announced that the 2018 role will be taken up by Belgian euphonium player Glenn van Looy. The Geneva Instruments Performance Artist, who now lives in Switzerland, is currently studying for a postgraduate Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance at the University.

Impressive tutor line-up

Programme Leader Dr Brett Baker told 4BR: "The University has an impressive line-up of tutors, each a leading expert in their musical field. Many of them also work exclusively for the University such as Tom Davoren (conducting), Mark Wilkinson, Brian Taylor, Benjamin Richeton, Richard Iles and Richard Marshall (cornet and trumpet), Helen Varley (tenor horn), Rob Richardson and Katrina Marzella (baritones), William Millar and Gary Curtin (euphonium), Jim Fieldhouse (Saxophone), Fiona Slominska (Flute), Les Storey (trombone), Les Niesh (tuba) and Mark Langdon (percussion).

The new International Guest Tutors will further enhance the acclaimed standard of music teaching on offer, and we hope to also extend this to other parts of the course in the near future."

The new International Guest Tutors will further enhance the acclaimed standard of music teaching on offer, and we hope to also extend this to other parts of the course in the near futureDr Brett Baker


Owen Farr was guest soloist with the University of Salford Brass Band earlier this year and will now return for some workshops in early 2017, whilst Glenn will perform with the Brass and Symphonic Wind Band at their end of year concert alongside orchestral trumpeter James Fountain in May.

One of the first events of the new year will see 50 Masters students perform recitals at Peel Hall on 18th of January as part of their first series of assessments.


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