Dr Brian Collins
I date from 1948 and was born and brought up on the north-
I’m an experienced teacher, composer, editor and author on musical matters generally.
When I was a teacher in mainstream, secondary education I made many arrangements (of a stylistically diverse repertoire) to suit the idiosyncrasies of my school bands and orchestra. I also wrote, often in collaboration with colleagues, a quantity of other music – some for dramatic presentations including plays by Terson, Brecht and Seami – although little of that is represented here, for the time being at least.
My communion anthem Angels eyes–angels blisse–angels guifts was a joint winner of the Harold Smart Prize (Royal School of Church Music) and is available via this site. Pieces I’ve written have been performed all over the place, in school halls and theatres, in community centres, in churches and cathedrals including St Paul’s (yes, that St Paul’s).
My musicological interests are wide and some of them are reflected in the pieces I write although I gave up serialism in my early twenties. At the request of students I have taught subjects that I never thought I would and ended up enjoying them; this applies particularly to 19th century personalities and issues. I have a particular sympathy with early music and am a trustee of the internationally acclaimed ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.