He is a
trombonist, bass trumpeter, euphonium player and teacher born in Cornwall, England, who began playing the trombone when he
was nine years old.
He took his
early studies with the orchestral trombonist Denis Wick and went on to be
taught by Eric Crees when he became a student at
the Guildhall School of Music.
During his time there he gave the premiere performance of Tales of Father Goose by Gyorgy Ranki in 1989. He has given other premiere
performances of trombone concerti by Launy Grondahl and Gordon Jacob.
In 1991 he
performed with the London Symphony Orchestra as a finalist at the Shell LSO
In the early
1990s he was Co-Principal Trombone of Spain’s Orquestra
Sinfonica de Galicia and after leaving them and
returning to the UK in 1993 he became a freelance musician.
His career as
a professional musician has seen him perform often as Co-Principal or Principal
Trombone with ensembles such as the BBC Symphony orchestra, the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Peru’s Lima Symphony Orchestra, with
whom he performed the premiere of “Concertino” by Ferdinand
holds the position of Principal Trombone with the Philharmonia
Orchestra in London, who he joined in 2001, as well as giving performing with the
London Sinfonietta and the Chamber Orchestra of
Europe. He plays regularly as a member of the London Brass.
He has also
been a guest musician in Helsinki and Birmingham in 2002 and 2006 respectively when he
performed at the International Trombone Festival. He also performed with the RAF
Central Band who accompanied him on Trombone Concerto by Derek Bourgeois in
Some of the
recordings he has appeared on to date include Surprise by London Brass, Crossing
the Border by Steve Martland and Mahler: Symphony No. 3 with Benjamin
Zander and the Philharmonia
Orchestra and the soundtracks of Curse
of the Were-Rabbit, Gladiator and
Lord of the Rings.
In the field
of musical education he is on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and
the Birmingham Conservatoire as Professor of Trombone. He has held masterclasses
at Chetham’s School of Music and Trinity College of Music.