The 2017 Lions Brass Band Festival
Ms Phillipa Edwards
Phillipa Edwards is one of Australia’s pre eminent ensemble conductors. The current Musical Director of the internationally acclaimed Footscray Yarraville City Band, a position Phillipa has embraced with professionalism and passion for almost two decades.
Phillipa has led the band in recent years in outstanding performances in the A Grade section at many Australian National Band Championship performances.
Phillipa studied trumpet at the Victorian College of the Arts and has enjoyed the teaching of brass luminaries; Gordon Webb, Mark Summerbell and Rob Smithies.
Phillipa has studied conducting with Professor David King and Steve Bastable (U.K) as well Dr Barry Bignell and Brett Kelly. Her experience in this field is both extensive and varied and she has worked all over Australia with Concert Bands, Stage Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Brass Bands, Choirs and small ensembles.
She is a regular conductor with Melbourne Youth Music and has also worked with Dr Jonathon Welch OAM and his ‘Choir of hard Knocks’ Foundation. She has also collaborated with Manilla St Productions in the creation of ‘Where Do I begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey’ with Matthew Lee Robinson and Alistair Smith and was a co- creator of the recent ‘Silent ANZAC’ production featuring the Footscray Yarraville City Band.
Phillipa was named the 2007 ‘Musical Director of the Year’ by the Victorian Band’s League.
The Lions Club and Festival committee are pleased indeed that Phillipa agreed to accept the role as Music Adjudicator for our 2017 event in Mount Gambier on November 18th.