He is a British trumpeter who started his professional career as a Co-Principal Trumpet in the Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden being led by conductors that include Sir Georg Solti and Sir Colin Davies.
After having become involved with the English Brass Ensemble and giving performances with the London Sinfonietta and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble he began internationally touring with them all in 1980. For the next decade he would appear at many global venues playing commissioned works and premieres by acclaimed contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, Witold Lutoslawki and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and in 1984 he appeared a the Toulon Prix de Concourts trumpet competition where he was a prize winner.
He branched out as a soloist and performed with many of Britain’s orchestras and ensembles and in 1995 became the Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales where he was the featured soloist on Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City” and Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto”. He has also been heard as a member and/or soloist of the London Philharmonic, the Brandenburg Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, the London Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Britten Sinfonia, in duets with the pianist Juliet Edwards, including a series of 9 recitals in China, the London Pro Arte Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. John’s and on several recordings by the English Brass Ensemble, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, on several movie soundtracks that include the artists Sir Bob Geldof and Sir Paul McCartney , and on a fundraising CD for the Clarence Adoo Fund.
He is the Artistic Director of the record label Brass Classics and he has conducted the London Mozart Brass Ensemble and the International Celebrity Trumpet Ensemble. As a teacher he is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and runs annual brass courses in Benslow, Aberystwyth and Dartington, and as an editor he works on Brass Wind Publications: the English Brass Collection and the Paul Archibald Collection.
Here he is on trumpet performing “The Waterman’s Hornpipe” with Brass Monkey…