Helston Town Band are pleased to announce that the adjudicator for the 57th Annual Solo and Quartet contest to be held on November 14th 2015 is Dr Keith Wilkinson. The contest, held at the Helston Community College, will be Keiths first visit to Helston. On Sunday 15th November, Keith will be conducting the Helston Town Band for a concert, again at the Helston Community College. All competitors will be invited to join the band on stage during the concert for a massed band piece.
Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson moved to the United States with his wife, Audrey, and daughters, Debbie and Katie, in 1996.
Prior to his move Keith enjoyed long and successful periods as musical director of leading championship bands, the GUS Band and William Davis Band. He was also in demand to travel, around Europe as well as Britain, as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Among these guest appearances he was principal guest conductor of Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and Brass Band Fribourg (Switzerland).
Keith is still able to occasionally accept invitations to conduct in Britain and as recently as May, 2015 had the privilege of successfully directing Newtongrange Silver Band in the Spring Brass Band Festival and in October, 2015 will direct the William Davis Band in a special performance. Regarding his appearance with Newtongrange, one commentator wrote "a welcome return to the UK of a conductor of proven 24 carat class ". (Iwan Fox, www.4barsrest.com.)
Since arriving in USA, Keith has had several opportunities to share his talents as guest conductor with bands in both USA and Canada and is currently, in addition to BBWR (Brass Band of the Western Reserve), musical director of Chapel Brass, based in Columbus. For a period he was principal guest conductor of St. Louis Brass Band.
In March, 2008, Keith was presented the God And Country Music Award by The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus for “his outstanding contributions to brass banding in USA, Britain and Europe”.
Keith tried his hand at brass band orchestration while still in school and this aspect of banding has continued to hold his attention. He has approaching 100 published arrangements with publishers in Britain, Switzerland and USA. Some of his arrangements have been used as test pieces at major championships. In order to make his arrangements available more rapidly he has now formed his own publishing company, Alum Creek Music (www.alumcreekmusic.com).