Chris Bearman has had a long association with the band as principal
Chris is a freelance musician, performing on tuba, and as a conductor
and teacher. He graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2009
and in 2010 received a scholarship to study for a post graduate
diploma in performance at the Royal College of Music.
Since graduating he has performed with various groups of many
different styles, having worked with Superbrass, Grimethorpe Colliery
Band, at the London Jazz Festival, as a soloist for Malcolm Arnold's
80th Birthday Concert and live performances on BBC Radios 2 and 3.
As a conductor, Christopher has worked with brass bands, ensembles
and orchestras in the London area and he was appointed Musical
Director of Regent Community Brass in 2014.
Christopher is also involved in music education, having worked with
London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC in workshops, as well as
music services in London and the surrounding counties.
In 2018 Chris has taken the role of Resident Conductor with Redbridge
The band now appoints professional MDs as required for contests and
concerts and work in association with Chris Bearman.
In 2018 Richard Ward lead the band at the 98th Spring Brass Band
Festival - The Senior Trophy - held in Blackpool and other forthcoming
And in 2019 Dr David Thornton (MD for Brighouse & Rastrick,
Grimethorpe Colliery) took the band to the Area contest with the fine
composition 'Seascapes' by Ray Steadman-Allen.
The band enjoyed working with David who gave insight in to the
preparation and focus to contests from his many years as a player and
MD of a top flight brass band.
Seascapes was the Test Piece for the 1988 National Finals at the
Royal Albert Hall and was the first time Redbridge Brass qualified the
finals conducted then by Graham Chambers. The band still has four
players who were in the band all those years ago!