BRASS

Overview

We offer musical training at the highest international level combined with a flexible programme of study tailored to individual needs. All this takes place in a happy, vibrant, stimulating and balanced environment.

Our Brass Department has received international and national recognition for providing high quality instrumental and ensemble tuition. For over 30 years this musically vibrant and highly regarded department has forged a close association with the current music industry and prides itself on its ability to enable its pupils to be successful young musicians in the twenty first century.

Paul Denegri heads a distinguished faculty, and the department has close links with many leading conservatoires and universities in this country and abroad. Specialist schemes of study are available on trumpet (including piccolo trumpet, Eb/D trumpet, flugelhorn, natural trumpet), horn (including natural horn), tenor trombone (including alto trombone), bass trombone, cornet, euphonium and tuba.

What We Offer

  • Two hours a week individual tuition on the principal study and up to an hour on supporting instrumental studies from a dedicated and experienced team of high-profile teachers and musicians.
  • Daily timetabled practice periods within the school day, before and after school practice sessions with support from our team of graduate music assistants.
  • Extensive brass chamber music opportunities including trios, quartets, quintets, dectets, as well as membership of the internationally acclaimed symphonic brass ensemble; Cathedral Brass, plus collaboration with wind, strings and percussion students
  • The opportunity to work with guest conductors in Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble and New Music Ensemble
  • Regular masterclasses with performers and teachers of international repute
  • We are the only school in the world where trumpet students receive regular weekly lessons and performance opportunities on the natural trumpet. The school has seven natural trumpets for loaning out to students. Horn players can also learn the natural horn and the school has four natural horns for students to use.
  • Solo, chamber and orchestral performances throughout the UK and abroad, with recent tours to Hong Kong, Malaysia, San Francisco USA and Germany.
  • Practical help and advice on preparation for auditions, competitions, music college entrance, CUKAS, university entrance (UCAS), Oxbridge and career advice for post Wells study. Strong personal links with music colleges and universities both in the UK and abroad.
  • Weekly opportunities to rehearse and perform with the jazz department through the senior school Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble (lower school) and in smaller jazz combos.
  • All trumpet and trombone students have the opportunity for regular individual jazz improvisation lessons from a leading jazz expert in addition to their weekly instrumental studies.
  • Workshops and performance classes offering practical advice on all aspects of performance following a wide curriculum including repertoire, technique, practice strategies, style and interpretation, stage presentation and sight-reading.
  • A healthy, happy and enjoyable working environment that is about people and music.

Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

Bach trumpet ensemble: For Year 10 students
Brass quintets: Lower and senior school students
Cathedral brass: Senior school students – symphonic size
Dalverne natural trumpets
Fantini natural trumpets
Senior horn ensemble
Lower school horn ensemble
Junior school brass ensemble
Junior school trumpet ensemble
Natural horn ensemble

Reiche natural trumpets
Senior brass ensemble
Senior school trumpet ensemble
Shore natural trumpets
Symphonic brass: Lower school students – symphonic size
Tower trumpet ensemble
Trombone ensemble
Trumpet Performance Class: Senior School Students
Trumpet Performance Class: Junior and Lower school students
Year 9 brass ensemble
10 piece brass

Meet our Staff

Staff Structure

Paul Denegri – Head of Department

Euphonium/Trombone
Andy Fawbert

Trombone
Andy Harwood-White
Emily White

Tuba
Sam Elliott

 

Jazz Trumpet
Nick Malcolm

Trumpet
Hannah Bishop
Ross Brown
Paul Denegri
Simon Jones

Horn
Simon de Souza

About some of our specialist staff
Andy Harwood White, Trombone Teacher 

Andrew Harwood-White, Bass Trombone

Andrew Harwood-White, Bass Trombone Andy began his musical training as a chorister at Wells Cathedral and later, as a music...
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Andy Fawbert, Bass Trombone and Euphonium

Andy Fawbert, Bass Trombone and Euphonium Andy has an impressive CV as a professional performing musician as well as in...
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Emily White, Trombone Teacher at Wells Cathedral School 

Emily White, Trombone

Emily White, Trombone Emily White studied trombone with Alan Hutt at Wells Cathedral School, then The Royal Academy of Music...
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Hannah Bishop, Trumpet Teacher at Wells Cathedral School 

Hannah Opstad, Trumpet

Hannah Opstad, Trumpet Trumpeter Hannah Opstad enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral player, teacher and workshop leader. She performs...
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Nicholas Malcolm – BMus (Hons) & MMus (Merit) – Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation 

Nicholas Malcolm – Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation

Nicholas Malcolm – Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation Nick is an original, exciting and heart-felt improviser. He has been playing the...
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Ross Brown, Trumpet & Natural Trumpet

Ross Brown, Trumpet and Natural Trumpet Ross Brown was a DfEE scholar at Wells, and continued studying trumpet at the...
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Sam Elliott – Tuba

Sam Elliott, Tuba Sam began playing brass instruments aged only eight in his local brass band. A year later he took...
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Simon de Souza, Baroque and Natural Horn

Simon de Souza, Baroque and Natural Horn Simon was brought up in Henley-on-Thames. He studied horn with the virtuoso Ifor...
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Simon Jones, Trumpet 

Simon Jones, Trumpet

Simon Jones, Trumpet Since graduating with a First Class Honours Degree Simon has performed in numerous orchestras including; Birmingham Bach...
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Masterclasses and Visiting Artists

Our brass department attracts a wide-range of international artists who performed or give masterclasses. See who has visited us recently...

I have such admiration for the work with trumpet students at Wells. The record of producing great brass players speaks for itself and the caring approach you take to all your students is wonderful.

Paul Cosh, Trumpet
Paul Cosh, Trumpet

Working with such a motivated and talented group of brass pupils and a highly skilled and dedicated team of brass staff is extremely fulfilling. I always receive a warm welcome in such a beautiful place.

Ian Bousfield, Trombone
Ian Bousfield, Trombone
Trumpet

Bruce Adams (International Jazz Artist)
Paul Archibald (Principal Trumpet London Mozart Players)
Alison Balsom (International Solo Artist)
Paul Beniston (Principal London Philharmonic Orchestra, Professor Royal College, Guildhall School of Music)
Paul Cosh (Professor Guildhall School of Music and ex BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Mark David (Principal Trumpet Philharmonia Orchestra, Head of Brass Royal Academy of Music)
Robert Farley (Principal Trumpet Hanover Band, Professor Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music)
Laura Jurd (International jazz trumpet artist)
Shaun Hook (RTE Concert Orchestra)
Michael Laird (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Professor Royal College of Music)
John Miller (Professor Royal Northern College of Music)
Brandon Ridenour (Canadian Brass, New York Philharmonic, International Trumpet Artist)
Martin Shaw (International Jazz Artist)
Andrew Stone-Fewings (Royal Shakespeare Co Professor Royal Welsh College and Birmingham Conservatoire)
Brian Thomson (Principal Trumpet Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Allen Vizzutti (International Trumpet Solo Artist)
John Wallace (Principal Royal Scottish Academy of Music and former Principal of The Philharmonia)
Byron Wallen (International Jazz Artist)
John Wilbraham (former principal BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Horn

Julian Baker (Professor Royal College of Music, ex-Principal Royal Opera House)
Elspeth Dutch (Principal CBSO)
Ifor James (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and International soloist)
Thomas Jöbstl (Vienna Philharmonic)
Jeff Nelsen (Canadian Brass)
Hugh Seenan (Professor Guildhall, former Principal LSO)
Tim Thorpe (Principal Horn BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
Richard Watkins (Prof RAM, Nash Ensemble etc, former Principal Philharmonia Orchestra)

Trombone

Roger Argente (Principal Bass Trombone Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Head of Brass Trinity College of Music)
Ronald Barron (Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra)
Ian Bousfield (Principal Vienna Philharmonic)
Dudley Bright (Principal London Symphony Orchestra)
Elliot Chasanov (Professor trombone Illinois University)
Eric Crees (Royal Opera House Covent Garden)
Roger Cutts (Principal Trombone Welsh National Opera)
Bob Hughes (former bass trombone London Symphony Orchestra and Prof Royal Academy of Music)
Katy Jones (Principal Trombone Halle Orchestra)
Kevin Price (Head of Brass Royal Welsh College of Music)
Kevin Morgan (Principal Trombone Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Christopher Mowat (former principal BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Lindsay Shilling (Principal Trombone Royal Opera House)

Tuba

Sam Elliott (Principal BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Patrick Harrild (Principal London Symphony Orchestra, Professor Royal Academy of Music)
Oren Marshall
Sean O’Neill (Welsh National Opera)
George Wall (Principal Tuba Royal Opera House)

Accompanist

Alison Proctor – classes include: working with an accompanist under time restraints, audition preparation and performance, and recital work

Ensembles

Bones Apart
Chaconne Brass
Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble
Royal Scottish Academy of Music Brass Ensemble
Royal Welsh College of Music Brass Ensemble
Trinity College of Music Brass Ensemble
Welsh National Opera Trombone and Tuba Section

Latest News

After Wells

Since 1986 the brass department has achieved a 100% success rate for entry into music conservatoires. Each year approximately 75% of brass students are successful in being awarded major scholarships. Brass students have been awarded places at all the UK major music conservatoires as well prestigious music conservatoires abroad including Amsterdam San Francisco and Bern. In 2015/16 brass students were awarded places at The Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Trinity Laban College, The Royal Welsh College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music and top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Some of our Alumni

Summer School

International Wind, Brass and Percussion Week
30th July – 6th August 2017

Join us for an inspiring and fun week!

Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians (aged 10-18) to develop their skills and confidence by exploring a range of exciting musical styles. All abilities are welcome – all that is needed is a desire to make music!

£895 Residential £695 Non-residential

For more information, please visit www.wellsmusicsummerschool.com

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