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Major new appointments to Wind, Brass & Percussion teaching staff

Tue 6 October 2020

Trinity Laban welcomes Joseph Arnold, Rachel Brown, Anneke Scott and Nigel Thomas to its roster of distinguished educators.

London’s creative conservatoire Trinity Laban is delighted to announce the appointment of four new teaching staff in the Wind, Brass & Percussion department.

Joseph Arnold has been Principal Bass Trombone of English National Opera since 2012. During his career he has worked with the major London Orchestras including the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and spent a year with the pan-European Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Joseph learnt trombone with Alan Hutt, former trombonist of the Royal Opera House, before studying with Bob Hughes (London Symphony Orchestra) and Keith McNicol (Royal Opera House) at Royal Academy of Music.

Flautist and recordist Rachel Brown is an international soloist and seasoned recording artist specialising in Baroque and Classical Music. A dedicated teacher, she is a professor of historical flute at the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses worldwide. Rachel is the author of The Early Flute, a practical guide (CUP) and has composed cadenzas for the new Bärenreiter edition of the Mozart Flute Concertos. She is currently preparing a book on Baroque dance for musicians, the result of an extensive collaboration with dancer Mary Collins. She is currently is working on a disc of Vivaldi Concertos & Arias.

A leading exponent of historical horn playing, Anneke Scott is principal horn of internationally renowned period instrument ensembles including Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The Orchestra of the Sixteen.  She has expertise in baroque horn repertoire and her critically acclaimed solo recordings include three discs focussing on the music Jaques-François Gallay. She a key member of chamber music ensembles including The Prince Regent’s Band and Syrinx, and regularly works with leading period keyboardists, including Steven Devine, and period harpist Frances Kelly. In addition to teaching at Trinity Laban, she also teaches Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and University of Birmingham. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, she was a recipient of the International Horn Society “Punto Award” in 2019.

Nigel Thomas is the principal timpanist of The London Symphony Orchestra and founder member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He holds the distinction of being the first Percussion Scholar at The Royal College of Music and is a past winner of the prestigious Shell LSO Music Scholarship Gold Medal. Having been a guest professor of Timpani at Trinity Laban, Nigel now joins the Wind, Brass and Percussion department as a full-time member of staff.

On the appointment of new tutors, Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion Andrew Dunn comments –

“We are delighted to welcome Joseph Arnold, Rachel Brown, Anneke Scott and Nigel Thomas who are joining our vibrant musical community and continuing the innovative and artistically excellent work we have been championing in the Department.”

To find out more about our teaching staff and programmes, visit the Wind, Brass and Percussion department page.

Main image: credit Tas Kyprianou