Alistair Shipman began his musical studies at an early age and played for a number of brass bands and orchestras in Yorkshire, prior to studying music at the University of Birmingham where he studied bass trombone with Alwyn Green and conducting with Andrew Constantine.
Whilst at university Alistair conducted a number of major works for orchestra, wind band and choir prior to graduating in 2001.
Since that time he has attended the Brass Band Conducting Course at the University of Durham with Ray Farr. He has also participated in a number of workshops with, amongst others, Roy Newsome and Elgar Howarth.
As a conductor he has been musical director of York Railway Institute Golden Rail Band, East Riding of Yorkshire Band and, since 2009, Easingwold Town Band.