Principal Director of Music, RAF Music Services

Wing Commander Morrell PDM RAF

Wing Commander Piers Morrell MSc FRSM LTCL FInstLM CMgr MCMI GCGI RAF

Born in Bishop Auckland in 1971, Wing Commander Morrell completed his secondary school education at Simon Balle School, Hertford, and East Herts College, Hitchin. In 1990 he attended Trinity College of Music, London, from which he graduated in 1994 with diplomas in Music Performance on trombone. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as a peripatetic music teacher in East Hertfordshire and as a freelance musician, the pinnacle of which was performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Canadian Opera Company. In 1997 he joined the Royal Air Force and following Basic Recruit Training at Royal Air Force Halton he was posted to the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment as a Musician. In 2000 he was posted to the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2002.

In 2006 he was selected for Initial Officer Training, graduating in 2007 as a Flying Officer. He remained at Royal Air Force College Cranwell taking command of the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment until 2008, when he was posted to the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant in 2009 he was the deputy conductor for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and remained with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force when they relocated to Royal Air Force Northolt in 2010. In May 2010 he led the Central Band of the Royal Air Force’s involvement in the 65th Victory Day Parade held on Red Square, Moscow.

Having completed the Junior Officer Development Programme in 2012 he was posted to Headquarters Music Services taking responsibility for implementing policy, management planning, engagement allocations, procurement of instruments and equipment, trade training, manning and recruitment for Royal Air Force Music Services. In 2014 he completed the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Air) at the United Kingdom Defence Academy prior to promotion to Squadron Leader in 2015, and attained a Fellowship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. During this tour he oversaw the re-brigade of Royal Air Force Music Services which was completed in March 2015.

He returned to the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in May 2015 for a short tour during which he attained a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management from the University of Portsmouth and attained a Fellowship from the Institute of Leadership and Management. In August 2016 he was posted back to the Headquarters and later that year was awarded Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Mangement Institute. In May 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander and appointed as the Principal Director of Music Royal Air Force.

A keen sportsman, he has run the London Marathon for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the British Scoliosis Research Foundation and cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours raising money for Scope. His previous studies in Shotokan Karate led to representing the Royal Air Force at Tri Service level and have brought success in competition at Association level.

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