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Brass Elements

1 – 7 July 2018

Three of Britain’s top brass players (principals of the Nash Ensemble, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras respectively) lead a wide-ranging course for the modern brass player.

Richard Watkins horn
Jason Evans trumpet
Mark Templeton trombone

Featuring side-by-side playing and 1:1 coaching with the course tutors, workshops on orchestral excerpts, audition preparation sessions and masterclasses on extended technique as well as a chance to explore music for brass ensemble in-depth. Alongside Strauss and Rautavaara, repertoire will include a work specially commissioned for this course.

Places available: 7 trumpets, 5 french horns, 3 tenor trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba. We anticipate that participants will form the brass section for the Britten-Pears Orchestra course starting later in July.

Final Concert: Saturday 7 July

Richard Watkins is one of the most sought-after horn players of his generation and is well-known as a concerto soloist and chamber music player. He was Principal Horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1985 until 1996, is currently a member of the Nash Ensemble, and was a founding member of London Winds and the Transatlantic Horn Quartet.

Jason Evans was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2014, making him one of the youngest principal trumpets in the UK. His emerging career has led to him performing with the Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and SuperBrass as well as playing Guest Principal Trumpet with the Gabrielli Consort, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mark Templeton is Principal Trombone with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a founder member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Principal Trombone with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra prior to joining the LPO in 2006.