Ross Brown, Co-ordinator of Brass, Trumpet and Natural Trumpet
Ross Brown was a DfEE scholar at Wells, and continued studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his professors included James Watson, Howard Snell, Paul Archibald and Robert Farley. While at the Academy he played with both the European Union Youth Orchestra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Ross regularly performs and records with some of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, often as guest-principal trumpet, including The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. On period instruments he has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band & La Serenissima.
In addition to orchestral and period-instrument performances, he has collaborated with chamber musicians including Alison Balsom (trumpet), David Titterington (organ), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and BSO brass, as well as performing with the Lancier Brass quintet to win the Royal Overseas League chamber ensemble prize.
Ross has been fortunate to premiere works by leading composers including Arvo Part, James MacMillan and John Tavener, and recorded for Decca, Naxos, Chandos, Hyperion, Avie Records, Virgin, Signum Classics, ICA Classics, Simax Classics and Deutsche Grammophon.
As principal trumpet with the London Chamber Orchestra, he has appeared as a soloist and has performed and recorded all over Europe, and regularly appears on TV and radio. His largest audience (an estimated 2 billion) was the live global broadcast of the Royal Wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
In addition to his role as Coordinator of Brass Studies at Wells, Ross is on the staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a senior associate teacher at the University of Bristol. He has coached for the National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra of GB, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Chamber Orchestra and Dartington International Summer School. In 2015 he was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, awarded to alumni who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.