About Me

Keith Terrett CEO MFAO

Keith Terrett (b.1956), is a composer, arranger, conductor, band trainer, instrumental teacher, trumpeter, cornettist, flugelhornist & multi-instrumentalist born in London.

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Keith joined the British Army at the age of fifteen, studying the Bb Cornet at the Army band school in Bovington, Dorset.

Supt-Keith-Terrett-At 18 he became the principal Cornet/Trumpet to the «Band of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars» (a cavalry regiment), stationed in West Germany. He has toured the USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland during his military service.

During his Bandmaster’s course at Kneller Hall, Keith won the prestigious Commandant’s prize for the best quick march, now published in the USA.

After retiring from the army in 1990, Keith took up a position as «Head of Instrumental Music» and «Band Director» to schools in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.

From 1993-4, Keith was a «Lecturer in Music» at the «Faculty of Creative Arts, »University of Papua New Guinea», and from 1994-99, «Principal Director of Music» and «Chief Instructor» at the rank of Superintendent, to the world famous «Band of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary», touring Australia and Japan in 1996 & 1998.

While in Papua New Guinea, Keith arranged many local folk pieces, leaving a musical legacy behind when he left. Many of these works are now published in Holland, the UK and USA.

After a brief spell teaching in the United Kingdom in 1999, Keith’s interest in ethnomusicology took him to the Middle East for a year, where he taught classroom music in an international school in Kuwait City, giving him a chance to study Arabic music more closely.

From 2001-2006, Keith taught instrumental music in a specialist music school in Kviteseid, in Southern Norway, where he was also the town band director. During his time in Norway, Keith was invited to guest conduct His Majesty’s King’s Guard Band in Oslo, and ran music seminars with the celebrated Norwegian composer Idar Torskangerpoll.

During his diverse career, he has performed with many artists and orchestras including Harry Mortimer, Geoffrey Brand, Jesse Norman, Iona Brown, Engelbert Humperdink, Sir John Pritchard, London & BBC Concert & Symphony Orchestras and the Kneller Hall Band. He has even appeared as a trumpeter on «This is your life» with Eamon Andrews for the 85th birthday of Sir George Solti! A highlight was his appearances for three consecutive years in the annual Christmas Bach Choir Concerts in the Albert Hall, with Sir David Valentine Willcocks, HRH The Duchess of Kent, the London Brass, and the Kneller Hall Fanfare Trumpet Team.

His trumpet teacher at Kneller Hall was the legendary Ian Mackintosh, Principal Trumpet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Kneller Hall, Keith had the opportunity to study all brass, woodwind and percussion instruments under leading London players. In addition he studied conducting with Frank Renton, orchestration with Trevor Sharp, and harmony and composition with Professor Gordon Reynolds and Peter Byrne.

 

 

Keith is an internationally acclaimed composer/arranger, writing in all genres from full orchestra, brass band, and concert/wind band, to music for string quartet, brass ensemble, saxophone group, clarinet choir, recorder consort, oboe consort, and even for the steel drums, harmonica and accordion! Recently, he has become a composer for the Alfred Publishing company in the USA.

His music is published in the England, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Canada, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, the USA and Norway.

Keith has studied with, and gained academic musical qualifications from the Royal Military School of Music, Open University, Trinity College of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, and the Bandsman’s College of Music in Manchester.

Keith is currently Director of Music at Pathways World School near Delhi in India.

He is in heavy demand world-wide, and recently guest conducted a band seminar in Ipoh, Malaysia; with The Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra

Keith’s teacher of composition is Stanley Friedman. Friedman has been appointed Resident Composer at the University of Mississippi/Oxford.