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Mark Reynolds
Music C.V.

 Mark Reynolds started playing the Tuba at the age of 14.

He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of
Music and Drama in 1995 and it was during this period that he was chosen
to play with the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra which is
where he became a member of the World Brass Ensemble.
He then moved to Munich where he started his postgraduate studies at
the Richard Strauss Konservatorium. Whilst there he performed with,
amongst others, the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian State Radio
Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Symphony Orchestra as
well as the German Chamber Orchestra Bremen, Ensemble Modern
and the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg culminating in 1999 when he was the first tuba
player to be offered a position in the prestigious Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Academy.
In 2001, he was appointed principal Tuba of the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Antwerp and
became a founder member of the Ottone Brass Quintet.
He has frequently performed as a soloist including performances of the Vaughan Williams
Tuba Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders and the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra as well as recording the world premiere of Maricio Kagel’s ‘Black Madrigal’ with
the Berlin Radio Chorus. He was also the soloist in the first performance and recording of
‘Don Giovanni’s Journey into Hell’ written for him and the

World Brass Ensemble by Jan Koetsier.
February 2009 saw him move back to his beloved Highlands of Scotland with his family
where he teaches and conducts in Fort William. He is the conductor of the Lochaber High
School Senior Band and Big Band as well as the Highland Youth Wind Band.
In 2017 the Highland Youth Wind Band recorded their first ever CD at the Royal Scottish
National Orchestra Centre in Glasgow with Mark at the helm. Esteemed Wind Band
composer Brian Balmages said of the recording: ‘You have created a wonderful sound with
the group, full of music and excitement’
In 2017 he was the recipient of the International Travelling Scholarship to The Midwest Band
and Orchestra clinic in Chicago awarded by the Scottish Concert Band Festival for the three
consecutive Gold Plus Award winning performances by the LHS Senior Wind Band at the
National Finals of the Festival in Perth Concert Hall.
Mark continues to perform regularly with orchestras and ensembles both in Scotland and in
Europe and is currently the tuba tutor and brass ensemble coach for the National Youth
Orchestra of Scotland’s Senior Orchestra as well as a visiting teacher, lecturer and examiner
at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In 2021 Mark published his first tuba exercise book - 'Sing, Buzz, Blow, Play.'

This is now available in both treble clef and bass clef

To purchase the book please click HERE

 
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Education

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Junior School, 1990-1992

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 1992-1995, B.A. Musical Studies
Richard Strauss Konservatorium, Munich, 1995-1997, Postgraduate Performance Diploma

Hochschule for Music, Stuggart, 1997-1998 Postgraduate Performance Diploma

Orchestral Experience

Principal Tuba - Royal Philharmonic of Antwerp, Belgium 2002-2009

Member - Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Academy 2000-2002

Jeunness Musicales World Orchestra Member 1995-1998

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Trial)

Scottish Ballet

Ulster Orchestra

Munich Symphony Orchestra

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bavarian Radio Orchestra

Bavarian State Opera

Nuremberg State Opera

NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Brussels Philharmonic

Antwerp Opera

Solo Performances


Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto (excerpt) 1990 - Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Mauricio Kagel Black Madrigal - Berlin Radio Chorus

Gramaphone Magazine review Here

Vaughan William Tuba Concerto 2005 - Royal Antwerp Philharmonic

Don Giovanni's Journey into Hell - World Brass

 

Chamber Music

World Brass - Founding Member

Ottone Quintet - Antwerp

Ensemble Modern - Frankfurt

Deutsche Kammer Orchester - Bremen

Champs d'Action - Antwerp

Hermes Ensemble - Brussels

Viaduct Tuba Trio - Scotland

Blechshaden - Munich Philharmonic Brass

Instruments

Eb Tuba Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Model 982
CC Tuba Kalison 'Daryl Smith'
F Tuba Alexander 155 -1960

BBb Leningrad

YouTube Links

Mark Reynolds Playlist

 

Teaching

Mark has vast experience in teaching brass instruments at all levels.

He is currently a Brass Instructor with High Life Highland based in Fort William working with students of all brass instruments from the ages of 9-18.

He is also the tuba tutor and brass ensemble coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's Senior Orchestra and has taught, examined and adjudicated at the following

Further Education teaching establishments:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Belgium

Royal Conservatoire Brussels, Belgium

Victoria Conservatory of Music, Vancouver Island, Canada

 Speaker at the Inaugral Scottish Brass Learning Festival 2021

Adjudicator - Inverness Music Festival

In 2022 Mark will be mentoring the Brass students of the

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's

Ambassador Programme

Conducting

Mark currently conducts the Lochaber High School Senior Wind Band,

the Lochaber High Big Band as well as the Highland Youth Wind Band.

It was with HYWB that he recorded that band's first ever CD - Journeys. 

The recording sessions took place at the RSNO centre in Glasogw and feature music from

Brian Balamges, Michael Oare and Robert Sheldon.

In 2017 he recieved the Travelling Scholarship from the Scottish Concert Band Festival for the LHS Senior Band's three outstanding performances at the National Finals of the Festival.

This scholarship funded a trip to the Mid West Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.

He has is also an adjudicator for the Scottish Concert Band Festival having work at both the Regional and National Finals.

Publications

In 2021 Mark published his first tuba exercise book - 'Sing, Buzz, Blow, Play.'

It is now available in two versions:

Eb Tuba in Bass Clef available:  HERE

Tuba and Euphonium in Treble Clef available: HERE

The reviews from some of the best tuba and euphonium teachers and performers

can be read HERE

Health and Well Being Presentations

As a response to his own personal experiences, Mark has given lectures on breathing, coping with anxiety and positive mental imagery to numerous organisations such as the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland, High Life Highland and the Nevis Centre, Fort William.