After playing the cello throughout primary school, I took up the trombone in 2001 and got my grade 8 with distinction six years later. I am now a very competent and versatile player on the tenor trombone as well as alto and bass trombones. Over the years, I have played in a variety of ensembles including theatre pit-bands, big bands/swing bands, brass bands and a ska-rock band.
Although I am experienced and comfortable playing in most styles including jazz, ska, swing, pop etc, I am primarily trained in classical music. In the past I have been principal trombone of the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra/Brass Band/various chamber ensembles, South West Youth Orchestra and Dorset Youth Orchestra. I majored in performance in my final year at Manchester University and achieved a first for my final recital which included a concertino with 10-piece string ensemble, a renaissance piece with chamber organ accompaniment, and an experimental solo piece.
Popular Music and Recording
Whilst part of the Ewan Phillips band in 2013 I recorded trombone parts for his track The Seeds We Sow from the Pilgrim Rose ep which can be listened to and downloaded by following the bandcamp link below. I now play trombone, as well as guitar, keys, and singing backing vocals, in the Bristol-based band Nicholson Heal as well as having been involved in various other projects since moving to the city. I have played for several other recording sessions in my time and was once recorded and transformed into a MIDI trombone plug-in which you can read more about here.