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Colin Michael Touchin

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Colin Michael Touchin


Colin Michael Touchin (b. 3 April 1953, Liverpool, England) is an English composer, conductor, clarinetist and educator.

Touchin studied at Oxford and Manchester. He taught in Stockport from 1974 to 1979 and was director of the Trafford Youth Training Orchestra and Wind Band from 1978 to 1982. Since 1982, he has taught at Chatham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Colin is composer-in-residence at Warwick School and King Henry VIII School, Coventry. Other posts have included conductor of Nottingham University Chorus, musical director of City of Coventry Brass Band, conductor of Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band and guest conductor with Watford Philharmonic Society Chorus and Orchestra. For nine years he conducted wind band, wind ensembles, orchestra and chorus at Dartington International Summer School; he has conducted and led workshops for students and teachers in 20 countries, including National School Band Association Suffolk & Carlisle Festivals, wind bands in Bristol, Cambridge and Canterbury, National Youth Recorder Orchestra in Holland, Australia and UK, the first two Switzerland Recorder Orchestra courses, the first Recorder Orchestra master classes in conducting in Taiwan, Hong Kong Youth Orchestra and Shenzhen Arts School. His compositions have been broadcast on national/local radio/television.

His output includes St. George of Coventry, Applaud and Celebrate! (90th Anniversary - British & International Federation of Festivals), Brief Intervals (saxophone quartet), Fanfare Orsi d’Ottone (Warwick School Brass Ensemble), Ros-Tor-Mol Festival (4 choirs/wind band), Idyllwild Suite and Three Suffolk Pictures (wind band), The Setting Sun Rises (bass clarinet/wind band), Lambs & Tygers (choir/orchestra); Sound & Silence (choir/strings/recorders), and Dance Rituals (Chamber Recorder Orchestra).

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