He is a virtuoso
double bass payer, teacher, transcriber and
author who began performing from a young age and played with the National
Youth Orchestra and at the Royal Manchester College of Music as a Junior
He became a
student at the Royal College of Music and during those years he performed
with the Northern Sinfonia. He also played for the Scottish
Opera as a Guest Principal Bass.
the Royal College of Music following his graduation he opted to become a
freelance musician. This saw
him working with countless British orchestras that include BBC Northern, the
Royal Ballet, Scottish Theatre Ballet and Welsh Opera as well as many
others located in London.
regularly as a chamber musician with the Philomusica
of London as well as working with the New Philharmonia
Orchestra and then in 1976 he went to work with the BBC Welsh Symphony as
their Principal Bass. He
remained in that position until 1979 before returning to London.
return he renewed his association with The Philharmonia
Orchestra and became a founding member of both the London Double Bass
Ensemble in 1981 and of London Musici. As the 1980s continued he regularly
worked with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and
In 1990 The Philharmonia Orchestra awarded him the position of
Principal Bass which he has continued to hold well into the new
millennium. He has also
continued to perform as a chamber musician with the Razumovsky
Ensemble, the Soloists of the Philharmonia and
the Corinthian Chamber Ensemble and as an orchestral member with Cerddorfa Dinas Powys
No stranger to
the recording studio he an be heard on albums that
include the London Violin Sound
and Mercadante: Decimini/La Poesia.
In the 1980s he
entered into the field of musical education where he became a teacher at
the Royal College of Music and now hold the position of Professor of Double
Bass. More recently he has also worked at the Razumovsky Academy as a Visiting Professor and held
positions on the faculties of Trinity College and the Purcell School.
As a transcriber and author his Sevcik
Opus 2 transcription for bass was published in School of Bowing Technique. He then went on to publish Essentials of Sevcik
and Beginning Scales on the Double
Bass while he was a teacher at the Pimlico Special Music Course.
Gill, is a violist.