Trinity Laban ensemble joins intercollegiate concert in memory of Philip Jones CBE


Ten of Trinity Laban’s finest brass students will join the UK’s other major music colleges and conservatoires on Saturday 28 February 2015 in a Brass Spectacular at St John’s Smith Square to celebrate the life and work of acclaimed musician Philip Jones CBE.

Philip, who was Principal of the then Trinity College of Music until his retirement in 1994, had a huge influence on the world of music, both as a performer and an educator. His family continue to support brass music education and Trinity Laban’s Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition is hotly contested every year.

The Brass Spectacular will be in two parts, with Trinity Laban’s GMT Ensemble opening the second concert. GMT is made up of trumpet players Peter Athans, Andy Pitt, Ali Ashman and Daniel Crouch, Derryck Nasib on horn, Ross Lumbard, Alex Williams and Jacob Coton on trombone, Phil Entwistle on bass trombone and Thomas Kelly playing the tuba.

All ten members of GMT joined Philip’s widow Ursula and Trinity Laban Head of Brass Studies Oren Marshall on Radio 3's In Tune programme on Thursday 26 Februaryto talk about the concert and perform live in studio. They performed an arrangement of the Danse Boheme from Bizet's Carmen, Jan Koetsier's Sonata da Chiesa and the world premiere of a work by current student Will Handysides, especially commissioned by Trinity Laban for the Brass Spectacular.

Andy says: We had a fantastic time in the studio. It was a new experience for all of us, and we are so grateful to Ursula, who invited us to take part. Playing on air has set us up well to perform for the concert tomorrow alongside the other ensembles.”

The Brass Spectacular is promoted by The Musicians’ Company, and Elgar Howarth will introduce the musicians and programmes.

Listen to In Tune here - (05:16-22:50, then 01:01:05-01:16:00)