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biography

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Now living in Coventry, Seb grew up in Bristol, went to St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, and attended the Bristol Easton Salvation Army. All of which helped in forming his character and abilities today.

 

As with most 'Salvationists', Seb's performing debut was with the Salvation Army, in the junior choir known as the 'Singing Company' at the age of 6. Regular performances with the group in Bristol's Colston Hall took away any performance anxiety!

 

Seb began playing percussion and drum kit a few years later, where private lessons with Colin Aldridge were extremely productive. With Colin as his teacher, Seb progressed to Trinity Guildhall Drum Kit Grade 8.

 

Seb's first ensemble performance was with the Kingswood Music Centre Wind Band. Invited by his primary school trumpet teacher, John Watkys, Seb joined the Wind band playing percussion. The music centre was a happy place, where many many hours were spent making music with like minded peers with direction from  influential teachers and excellent musical role-models.

 

Initially drawn by the appeal of playing Phantom of the Opera, with their lack of a drum kit player Seb helped out his parents orchestra, The Bristol Millennium Orchestra, in his first performance with an adult ensemble. The concert was a favourite of the group, Proms in the Meadow - Iron Acton, as the entire village would gather and join in the festivities. The percussionist space wasn't filled, so Seb became a permanent fixture in the orchestra and at 13 years old significantly lowered the average age!

 

Eventually Seb progressed further and further playing & recording percussion with different ensembles including: Bristol Millennium Orchestra, Bristol Easton YP Band, Kingswood Area Music Centre Wind Band & Concert Band, South Glos. County Wind Orchestra, Salvation Brass, Bristol Easton Senior Band, Coventry City Corps Band, Coventry University Orchestral Ensemble, Territorial Music School 'A' Band, Coventry University Wind Band (Trombone) & The Household Troops Band.

 

Significant performances & recordings include:

 

Psalm of Thanks USA Tour & Album| Bristol Easton Salvation Army Band 2012

Solo - 02 Arena, London | Salvation Army Boundless International Congress 2015

Canada Tour | Salvation Brass 2015

Canada & America Tour | Household Troops Band 2015

The Salvation Army & Me | Percussion | Salvation Brass | Rockfield Studios 2016

 

conductor

Seb Farrall graduated from Coventry University in 2014 with a first-class degree in Music Composition, and the Robert Ramskill composition award for ‘significant contribution to the department’. Seb's composition tutor was leading experimental composer Chris Hobbs. While studying at Coventry, Seb conducted the department’s orchestra for several years with tuition from Christopher Evans and was involved in many successful composition and conducting projects.

 

The biggest contribution to Seb's degree success was final collaborative project, MenCho, where Seb and co-founder Jon Welling formed together the MenCho Men's Chorus at the start of 2014. Starting a community ensemble as part of a degree project was a big risk, while most lecturers though it was an excellent idea, others were keen to point out that it was potentially foolish with both degrees on the line. Jon and Seb both agreed that it was a risk worth taking and, fortunately, it paid off.

 

Shortly after MenCho reached it's end, Seb was contacted by the Workplace Choir Company, and asked to help with the London Taxi Company's Black Cab Choir. This journey has come full circle, and is now the Senior Musical Director of The Workplace Choir Company, with further exciting changes coming in 2018.

 

Since 2014, Seb’s excellent reputation as a conductor has continued to grow, and he is delighted now to be Musical Director of a number of ensembles in Warwickshire, including Sing it Loud, Coventry Philharmonic Singers and Burton Green Village Choir. The proving ground was MenCho, and the phone didn't stop ringing. As the founding conductor of Sing It Loud, Seb feels especially proud to have shaped the choir’s direction from the very beginning.

 

Seb also runs www.onlineconductor.com, a website aimed at resourcing community choirs and eventually other community ensembles, and removing bars which may stop people from enjoying music.

 

Career highlights include:

 

‘Outstanding Choir’ award, Upton Festival | Musical Director | Sing it Loud 2015

Hello Mr. Blue Sky Album| Musical Director, Arranger & Executive Producer | Sing it Loud 2016

Hello Mr. Blue Sky Belgium Tour | Musical Director | Sing it Loud 2016

Sheer Harmony Massed Chorus | Musical Director | Spa Centrer 2016

Kicking Off Christmas | Musical Director & Arranger | Sing it Loud & Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra 2016

 

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Present

Sing it Loud, Leamington Spa | Musical Director | 2014+

Coventry Singers | Musical Director  | 2014+

Burton Green Village Choir | Musical Director  | 2015+

Earlsdon Park Village Choir | Musical Director | May 2017+

Bad Vibrations | Musical Director | June 2017+

Workplace Choir Company | Senior Musical Director | June 2017+

Coventry City Salvation Army Songster Brigade | Musical Director | Jan 2018

 

Past

Coventry University Orchestral Ensemble | Student Conductor | 2012-2014

James Anderson Music Conservatory Band | Co-conductor | 2013

MenCho Men's Chorus | Musical Director & co-founder | 2014

Black Cab Choir | Vocal Coach, London | 2014

Unlimited Voices, Warwick | Vocal Coach | 2014-2016

Black Cab Choir | Vocal Coach, Coventry | 2015

The Windmill Singers | Conductor | 2016

Three Spires Harmony | Musical Director | 2016-2017

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"Music is an ineffable force capable of capturing, redistributing, and twisting human emotion. It's power has been used throughout generations to control, inspire, and destroy. This complex mystery can be enjoyed on a multitude of levels, from a Schenkerian analysis of Stravinksy's Firebird, to a tiny toddler tooting a nursery rhyme. That's what it's about."

hire

  • conductor.

    Contract Seb to conduct your group, whatever shape or size! Instrumental or vocal, it doesn't matter! Seb has space for one weekly evening ensemble, and more space seasonal work or less regular rehearsal commitments.

     

    Please email mailbox@sebfarrall.com to discuss further.

  • consultant.

    Seb is available to consult on a number of community choir issues, including how to build and establish a choir.

     

    Does your ensemble need a breath of fresh air for a rehearsal? Seb's energetic approach will certainly get things moving again - after all, a change is as good as a rest! Another pair of ears or solution to a problem may also help.

     

    Please email mailbox@sebfarrall.com to discuss further.

  • arranger.

    Seb spends much of his time arranging for SATB choirs, amongst other arranging projects for other vocal and instrumental ensembles, including largely for brass band.

     

    Please email mailbox@sebfarrall.com to discuss further.

  • percussionist.

    Seb plays drum kit and all orchestral percussion.

     

    Please email mailbox@sebfarrall.com to discuss further.

  • sound engineer.

    Seb has recorded live concerts, with video. Seb can also provide technical support for your performance. Contact Seb if this is a service you require.

     

  • hire-a-choir.

    Seb conducts, and is connected with, many choirs around the country. Should you need a performance for your corporate or private event, get in touch. Previously hired events include: weddings, staff Christmas parties & funerals...you name it!

     

    Please email mailbox@sebfarrall.com to discuss further.

  • composer.

    If you like what you hear, you could commission Seb to write a piece of music for your ensemble!

  • workshop day.

    Planning a weekend retreat, or a special or corporate event? Why not sing for a day! Seb can bring resources to learn some songs in harmony in a day. Fun for everyone!

     

    Stuck for a conductor? Want to add something different to your workplace? Hire Seb for a 10-14 week programme to add some new songs to your repertoire while polishing some old ones. Most programmes end with a concert.

     

    Please email mailbox@sebfarrall.com to discuss further.

  • equipment hire.

    Seb has a growing stock of equipment available for hire. This includes a five screen drum shield and wired in ear monitoring systems.

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SKILLS

  • music.

    It goes without saying really...

     

    Percussion; Conducting; Choral; Lower Brass; Studio (Music Technology); even a little Ukulele!

  • music technology.

    Seb runs a home-based studio largely producing choir guide tracks using Cubase Pro 8.5. Other audio software seb is familiar with: Avid Sibelius, Nuratron Photoscore Ultimate, East West Quantum Leap, GargaeBand; Logic Pro X; Avid Pro Tools HD

  • graphics.

    Seb has found himself creating much graphical content related to music. This includes concert programmes and CD inlays. Examples are below. Software used includes Adobe Photoshop CC & Adobe InDesign CC.

     

    Kicking Off Christmas - entire brochure

     

    Sheer Harmony - entire brochure, except front page

     

    Hello Mr. Blue Sky - entire booklet, front page/logo edited

     

    New Years Extravaganza - entire brochure

  • photography.

    A keen photographer, Seb shoots RAW with the Nikon D3200, with the 'holy trinity' of lenses. 18-55mm zoom, 55-200mm zoom, and 50mm prime. Although an entry level DSLR, Seb has taken some really interesting photos! See gallery below.

  • studio.

    Seb runs his own home studio recording guide tracks. He uses Cubase software, focusrite interfaces, with Mac OSx. Seb also edits video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

  • web design.

    From a young age Seb has been designing websites. This very page was designed using Adobe Muse CC. Until 2016, Seb used Adobe Dreamweaver to code and design. Although less detailed than Dreamweaver, Seb finds the work flow in Muse CC efficient and finds the package extremely quick to build graphic-rich websites with.

  • software.

    Software used to a professional level:

    Cubase Pro

    EastWest Quantum Leap

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Dreamweaver

    Adobe Muse

    Adobe InDesign

    Adobe PremierPro

    Sibelius

    Photoscore Ultimate

    Garage Band (iPad)

    Microsoft 365 (Word/PowerPoint/Excel/etc.)

    Facebook

    Twitter

     

    Software familiar with:

    Pro Tools HD

    Logic Pro X

     

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