Cambrian News photographer - Alan Phillips has been honoured for his “huge contribution” as a peripatetic music teacher

A peripatetic music teacher who worked for Ceredigion Music Service for 35 years has been presented as an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University.

Cambrian News reported “Originally from Treherbert in the Rhondda Valley, Alan Phillips began his music career playing brass with the local Treherbert Band whilst at school.

After leaving school he became a bricklayer – a skill which took him all over the UK and to Europe. Then, at the age of 23, he embarked on a Music degree at Aberystwyth, graduating in 1981.

After gaining a PGCE from Cardiff, a chance encounter with some of his Aberystwyth friends led him to apply for the vacant brass peripatetic post in Ceredigion, to which he was duly appointed.

Over a 35 year career working for Ceredigion Music Service, Alan started the Aberystwyth Town Youth Band, and took numerous groups of young musicians to competitions at home and abroad.

Alan was presented as Honorary Fellow during the first of the university’s 2019 graduation ceremonies on Tuesday 16 July by Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, director of Welsh Language and External Engagement.

Dr Morgan said: “We are honouring Alan today because of his huge contribution as a peripatetic music teacher here in Ceredigion and for his tireless efforts in encouraging and inspiring young people locally to take an interest in music and helping them to develop their skills and confidence as a result.

“Alan is one of those outstanding teachers.

“He has nurtured, motivated and inspired many hundreds of players during his career and a recurring theme among the people who know him well is that – no matter what your background or how much musical talent you may possess – Alan will get the very best out of everyone” here.