Biography I studied trumpet at the University of Wales, Cardiff with Andy Cuff and later at the Royal College of Music, London (supported by the Sir Philip Shelbourne Award for Brass) with Paul Archibald, Andy Crowley and Mike Lovatt. Whilst at the RCM, I played principal trumpet with the RCM Symphony Orchestra for the college's 125th Anniversary concerts under John Wilson, and for the BBC 3 recording of Helmut Lachenmann’s piano concerto, Ausklang, under Piere André Valade. I performed Richard Strauss’ Festliches Präludium at the first night of the BBC Proms 2008 with the RCM Brass Ensemble accompanying the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was also lead trumpet of the Royal College of Music Big Band and represented the college by playing lead trumpet with the Conservatoire’s UK Big Band in 2008 as part of the International Association for Jazz Education’s (IAJE) final annual conference in Toronto, Canada. My West End and touring show experiences include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (principal), Phantom of the Opera, Sweet Charity, The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The King and I, Oliver! and Mary Poppins. Further musical credits include: Chicago, Peter Pan The Musical, The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Guys & Dolls, The Full Monty, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Honk, Copacabanaand Fame. Theatre show credits include Judy and Liza, The Magic of Motown, The Motown Show, Roy G Hemmings' Dictionary of Soul and One Night with Elvis. Further professional playing experience includes the National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain (principal) the London Telefilmonic Orchestra (principal), the official Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), the Golden Section Brass Ensemble, cruise lines P&O and Royal Caribbean and even Top of the Pops! Championship and first section Brass Band experience includes Zone One (soprano), Barrow Shipyard Band (principal), Tredegar Town (solo cornet), Parc & Dare (solo cornet), City of Cambridge Brass Band (flugel) and Waterbeach Brass (currently soprano).
Teaching Experience I have over 20 years' experience teaching trumpet (all brass) for several Music Services, Independent and Music-Specialism Schools as well as for the Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I am currently Trumpet Teacher at Bedford School and Brass Teacher at Comberton and Cambourne Village Colleges in Cambridgeshire, England. I have successfully prepared candidates for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music [ABRSM] (including the Jazz Trumpet Syllabus) and Trinity College Trumpet (in fact all brass) exams from grade 1 to diploma and maintain a 100% pass rate with 98% of these students achieving at least a merit! As well as a qualified classroom teacher and with a wealth of instrumental teaching experience, I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Teaching from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and am currently a Music Theory examiner for the ABRSM and a practical examiner for the Music Teachers' Board. I have formed and directed various youth ensembles including the City of Cambridge Brass Band Youth Academy and Training Band (founder), the Herefordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (founder), the Impington Village College Orchestra (founder), the Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Orchestra (conductor) and the Saffron Walden Youth Musical Theatre Company (musical director) to name but a few.