from Norwich, England,
who started out in a Salvation Army band and attended the Royal Academy of
Music in London,
where he studied under Dudley Bright.
He also did stints in the European Union Youth Orchestra and Young
Musicians Symphony Orchestra before joining the London Symphony Orchestra
in 1998. Other instruments he
plays include the bass trombone, bass trumpet, euphonium
and tenor trombone.
not performing, he’s often teaching or writing. On 25th May 2007, the LSO
Brass Ensemble performed his “Zoology” at Bath Abbey. It had good company alongside
Christopher Mowat’s arrangement of Camille
Saint-Saens’s “Carnival of the Animals”.
The LSO Brass
Ensemble participated in the Olympics handing-over ceremony at St. Paul’s
Cathedral on 24th August 2008. Their program featured “Blues
March” by Benny Golson, “Fanfare”
by Nigel Gomm, “La Mourisque”
and “Pavane Battaille”
from La Danserie
by Tylman Susato, “Of
Knights and Castles” by Raymond Premru and “Tango
Jalousie” by Jacob Gade.
November 2012, the LSO offered up “Symphony No. 1” (“Titan”)
by Gustav Mahler and “Violin Concerto” by Alban Berg, with
soloist Leonidas Kavakos.
They gave the U.K.
premiere of John Adams’ “Absolute Jest for String Quartet and
Orchestra” at Barbican Hall on 27th January 2013. The all-American affair opened with Aaron
Spring—Suite” and Elliott Carter’s “Variations
which James Maynard appears include:
The Dust Bowl Symphony, Holst:
The Planets, James
MacMillan: St. John Passion,
John Adams: A Flowering Tree, Mozart: Requiem and Music of Hope with the LSO; Fresh
Aire 8 by Mannheim Steamroller; and, the
soundtracks of Blood Diamond and Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith.
His “Fanfare” appears on Trisagion by Onyx Brass, and
he also did some arranging on their album, Fugue:
In the field
of music education, he has served on the faculty at the Royal Academy of
Music as professor of bass trumpet and euphonium.