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Joe Arnold

Professor of Bass Trombone


Faculty of Music

King Charles Court

Greenwich Peninsula


SE10 9JF


Joe Arnold Photo


Joe Arnold was a chorister at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset where he learnt trombone with Alan Hutt, former trombonist of the Royal Opera House and RPO, for 10 years. Joe was principal bass trombone of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from the age of 16, and went on to study bass trombone at the Royal Academy of Music with Bob Hughes (London Symphony Orchestra) and Keith McNicol (Royal Opera House), graduating in 2012 after a year in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, a pan-European youth orchestra. He has performed with all of the major London Orchestras as well as several others around the UK, and has been Principal Bass Trombone of the Orchestra of English National Opera since 2012.

Aside from eight years experience in an opera orchestra, memorable concerts include Bruckner’s 7th Symphony with the Philharmonia at the BBC Proms, Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Strauss’ Don Juan with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Verdi’s Falstaff at the Royal Opera House. Away from music, Joe can be found playing or watching cricket, trail running, climbing or kayaking in Surrey or Dorset.

Educational Qualifications

Royal Academy of Music: BMus, LRAM, ARAM