The Brass Academy tutors are chosen from amongst the finest performers and teachers in the UK. They are experienced in working with students of all ages, and combine immense technical knowledge and musicianship with the ability and enthusiasm to pass on their skills to the next generation of brass musicians.
We only work with the very best in the profession, and all of our courses will be staffed by outstanding tutors. The tutors on each of our courses will vary somewhat depending on availability: if a particular tutor's presence on a course is of great importance to you, please check with us before booking a place.
Philippe is the Principal Trumpet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, international soloist and Yamaha clinician and artist.
He has given recitals and performed as concert soloist all over Europe, USA and Japan, in addition to issuing five solo CDs. He has also been broadcast on the BBC and numerous European radio and television networks.
Paul Beniston is Principal Trumpet with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Christian is Principal Bass Trombone at Opera North, having previously held the same position at the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2002. He is also President of the British Trombone Society.
He has worked in chamber groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and Soloists of the Philharmonia, as well as with the CBSO, London Philharmonic, BBC and London Symphony Orchestras. He has coached and conducted in Cambridge and Zaragoza and given several classes and masterclasses at the Royal Academy, Royal College, Royal Welsh College and Trinity Colleges of Music.
For the last fifteen years, Simon has been the horn player at The Lion King in London, and he also maintains a freelance career working with all the major orchestras as well as with contemporary musicians.
Lee Tsarmaklis was appointed Principal Tuba at the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000. Lee also teaches at the Royal College of Music.
Pete has been Principal Tuba of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2008 and has worked with many other UK orchestras, including the London Sinfonietta and London Brass.
He has taught and given classes at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and tutored for the National Youth Orchestra.
Lyndon is the Principal Bass Trombone with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Byron is Principal Trombone of the Philharmonia Orchestra, a position he has held since 2001. He has performed with all the London orchestras and played under the baton of the world's finest conductors: he can also be heard on the soundtrack of over one hundred films including Gladiator, Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Harry Potter films. He teaches at the Royal College of Music. We are delighted he is joining the Brass Academy team.
Tom is the Musical Director of The Brass Academy. He is currently the Director of Music at Aldro School in Surrey, and in addition, Tom freelances in and around London. He is a member of the prestigious chamber orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, and has worked with all the major London-based orchestras, performs regularly in the West End and can be heard on radio, television and on many film scores, including "The Hobbit".
Heidi is in demand as a freelance trumpeter all over Britain and performs regularly with orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia, Rambert Dance Company and the London Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performed at the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Doug is a freelance Trombonist and Brass Teacher. He has worked with many of the UK’s leading classical ensembles, including the Philharmonia, English National Opera, The Britten Sinfonia, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the London Sinfonietta. In the summer of 2012 he played with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival.
Edward Leech is an orchestral freelancer, chamber musician, pianist and teacher. He completed the Master of Arts course at the Royal Academy of Music on tuba with Distinction after achieving a 1st Class honours degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Edd has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, the Aldeburgh World Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Orchestra.
Emily regularly performs with the Quintabile Brass Ensemble, who have recently joined the Live Music Now! Scheme. She also teaches part time for the Northants Music and Performing Arts Service. She has performed with the National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain, and worked with the Philharpmonia Orchestra's Brass Quintet.
Katherine graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011 with a B.Mus Hons degree. She also completed a masters degree in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, where she was an RCM scholar, supported by the Arthur Wilson trombone award and the Henry Wood trust.
Ryan recently graduated as a Foundation Scholar from the Royal College of Music, where he won the RCM Brass Concerto competition in 2012, and the RCM Brass solo competition in both 2013 and 2014, both including the Trumpet Prize. Ryan plays Trumpet in the New European Ensemble.
Emma Bassett is a postgraduate scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music having gained a first in her undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban. She enjoys playing with a diverse range of ensembles including Westcombe Brass, Bella Tromba, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra and Hackney Colliery Band.
Alex is a freelance horn player and teacher based in London. He works regularly with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the London Symphony Orchestra.
James (“Mr B”) has taught PE and Games for the past twelve years and teaches sport and RS at Beechwood Park School in Markyate. He has always been a very keen sportsman, representing his county both at cricket and athletics throughout his school years as well as playing many other sports.
Annette is our course matron, and will look after the children should any illness or mishap occur - and also will be around to enjoy their company when they are fit and healthy!
Ann Wight is the Course Director and will be happy to answer any queries you have: you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07919 123231.