Colin Touchin is an established conductor and leading music educator in the UK. As Director of Music at the University of Warwick he inspired growth in campus music-making, tripling the regular ensembles and quintupling performances, especially the International award-winning Chamber Choir, semi-finalists in TV Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, gaining Gold at the National Concert Band Festival.
Previously, as Head of Composition at Chetham’s School of Music, he founded the Symphonic Wind Orchestra, conducted the Classical Orchestra, taught clarinet, recorder, electronic music, conducting, chamber music, and jazz.
He has been Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles and Vice-Chairman of the British and International Federation of Festivals; he has been an adjudicator for 36 years, including three visits to the New Zealand Concert Bands Association, choirs in Slovakia and saxophones in Luxembourg.
Colin is well-known in Hong Kong as conductor of City Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Orchestras and Music Office Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band camps, as well as adjudicator of the Wind Band Interflows; he has visited Taiwan on three occasions to work with the Taipei Youth Recorder Orchestra, the Three Teachers’ Recorder Orchestra, and to lead masterclasses in conducting recorder orchestra.
Colin established Warwick Orchestral Winds and the National Youth Recorder Orchestras; and he has conducted the National Youth Wind Orchestras of Great Britain, Luxembourg, Wales and Hong Kong. Current positions include Guest Conductor – Essex Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor – London Charity Orchestra, Conductor – Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, Founder/Conductor – Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra and Youth Orchestra. Five years’ direction of Warwickshire County Youth Orchestra led to a Special Award in the National Festival of Music for Youth and performance at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Colin has taught, conducted and given workshops for students and teachers in 20 countries, and is increasingly in demand for coaching peripatetic staff in conducting and ensemble-training skills.
A composer and international adjudicator, Colin sometimes still finds time to play recorder and clarinet. He gained the LTCL Performer’s Diploma on the recorder aged 16, and he was a clarinet pupil of Graham Turner of the Hallé Orchestra. For nine years he was a regular conductor at the Dartington International Summer School; his compositions have been broadcast on Radio 3 and local TV and radio.