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Bede Williams



New Zealand-born trumpeter and conductor Bede Williams originally studied as an ABRSM International Scholar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and an experienced artistic researcher and festival director. He is currently Deputy Director of Music at the University of St Andrews where in addition to varied lecturing and conducting he leads a team of outreach, administrative and teaching staff. Since 2019 he has served as director of StAMP (St Andrews Music Participation) Brass, a major outreach programme to reinvigorate brass playing in schools and communities across Fife. His primary research interest is in Performance Studies, and he has contributed to numerous interdisciplinary projects in the arts and sciences, both nationally and internationally. In 2023 he became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2024 Chairperson of the Glasgow Barons, a multi-genre music charity working in Govan. For more information visit