Alwin Kidney

Conductor Adelaide youth Wind Orchestra

Alwin Kidney

Alwin Kidney was appointed as Officer in Charge-Band of the SA Police in 2011 after serving as Band Master from 2008. A graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2003 after completing a Bachelor degree in conducting under Carl Crossin, he has remained actively involved in the local community music scene having been appointed Music Director of several local brass and concert bands who have successfully competed at State and National level.

He learned to play cornet at age 8 and for close to 50 years has played in a variety of ensembles including brass bands, dance bands, concert bands, rock bands and orchestras as well as smaller chamber groups. He joined an Army Reserve band in 1991 and still serves with Australian Army Band, Adelaide as a Warrant Officer Class Two. Having steadily moved through the ranks he embarked on his degree to provide him with the skills to later assume the role of Bandmaster with his original Army band, 10/27 Royal South Australia Regimental Band. He conducted the band’s first CD, “The Fighting Band” to critical acclaim, resulting in an invitation to the 2002 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

While returning from the Basel Tattoo, Switzerland with the SA Police Band in 2010, he had the opportunity to attend the London Conducting Workshop at the Royal Academy of Music under the direction of Neil Thompson and John Farrer.