Timothy Reynish studied horn with Aubrey Brain and Frank Probyn. He was a music scholar at Cambridge, working under Raymond Leppard and Sir David Willcocks and held principal horn positions with the Northern Sinfonia, Sadler’s Wells Opera (now ENO) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, At Birmingham in the seventies, he founded the Birmingham Sinfonietta from members of the CBSO and gave a series of contemporary concerts; he also conducted the London Contemporary Players and was Guest Conductor with the Amsterdam Sinfonia.
His conducting studies were on short courses with George Hurst at Canford Summer School, Sir Charles Groves and Sir Adrian Boult, with Dean Dixon in Hilversum and Franco Ferrara in Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, where he won the Diploma of Merit. A prize winner in the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in New York, he has conducted concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Regional Orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra as well as in Norway, Holland and Germany. In 1975 he was invited by Sir Charles Groves to become tutor for the Postgraduate Conducting Course at the Royal Northern College of Music. Two years later he succeeded Philip Jones as Head of School of Wind & Percussion, a post he retired from after over a quarter of a century.
He was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 1982 which enabled him to study the development and repertoire of the American symphonic wind band movement. In the past two decades he developed the wind orchestra and ensemble of the RNCM to become recognised as one of the best in the world, commissioning works from composers such as Richard Rodney Bennett, John Casken, Thea Musgrave and Aulis Sallinen, performing regularly in major Festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Huddersfield and Three Choirs, broadcasting for BBC and Classic FM, playing at three WASBE Conferences and making commercial compact discs for Doyen, Serendipity and Chandos.
He has given clinics, lectured, guest conducted and adjudicated in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Norway, Oman, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. For ten years was Editor of the Novello Wind Band & Ensemble series and he is now Editor with Maecenas Music. His engagements recently have included concerts and conducting clinics in Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Latvia, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. In 2000 he toured Australia and New Zealand, conducting and lecturing on British wind music, and in the Fall was a Housewright Scholar at Florida State University; in Spring 2002 he was Visiting Professor at the School of Music, Baylor University, Texas, and during the Fall 2003 was Visiting Professor at University of Kentucky, Lexington. He was President of WASBE, the World Association for Symphonic Bands & Ensembles from 2001 until 2002.
His appearances in the USA have included conducting engagements at Universities of Arizona State, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Ithaca College, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Stetson, Tennessee Tech, Texas at Austin, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan.
In the Fall of 2005 he assumed the post of Senior Professor in Woodwind and Brass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and conducted the Wind Ensemble in a gala concert at the Barbican, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Guildhall. In the Spring of 2006 he was visiting Professor at Ithaca College, and in June returned to the Royal Northern College of Music in a programme of his commissions, including works by Adam Gorb, Christopher Marshall and Edwin Roxburgh. In the Autumn he conducted performances of La Traviata for Clonter Farm Opera, Berlioz at the Barbican and a programme of British music in Russia. This winter he will present a clinic at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago on British repertoire, and conduct concerts in Louisville, Murray State and Bowling Green Universities.
At the Canford Summer School he is the Wind Faculty Director for the annual Wind Band Conductors’ Course and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra which will be held in the week of August 5 – 12th, 2007.