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Beginner's Corner

Beginning a new instrument can be a very exciting process, and it is important to make sure you have the right equipment and everything you need to get started. We've teamed up with two of the UK's leading players - Jason Evans on trumpet and Andy Wood on trombone - to find the ideal instruments for you. These instruments have been played, tested and endorsed by Jason and Andy, and we're happy to offer any further help or advice you might need - please do give us a call on 020 7383 5300.
 
     
JASON EVANS - Principal Trumpet, The Philharmonia  
ANDY WOOD - Freelance Trombonist, London
Jason was born on the Isle of Man, where he started learning to play the cornet when he was six. He studied at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester from the age of ten and was also Principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra. He graduated with a first class honours degree, and also received the Queen's award for excellence from the Royal Academy of Music, after studying under Mark David, Paul Beniston and John Hutchins. Being appointed to the position of principal trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra makes Jason one of the youngest principal trumpets in the UK, and possibly the world. You can find out more here.

Jason's emerging career has led to him perform with the Halle Orchestra, Onyx Brass and SuperBrass as well as playing Guest Principal Trumpet with the Gabrieli Consort, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Touring performances have taken him throughout Europe, the Americas, Australasia, and across Asia. Prior to joining the Philharmonia, Jason was on trial for the Principal Trumpet position in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Jason is also a founding member of an award winning London-based brass quintet, Inner City Brass.

(Photo credit: Marina Vidor)

 
Primarily a studio musician, Andy Wood has appeared on literally hundreds of Hollywood movies including Skyfall, Les Miserables, Prometheus, Terminator, Mission Impossible, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Batman, Inception, Total Recall, Shrek and many more. Andy was in the Parkinson TV show house band for the last six years of the show and can now be heard every week live on BBC 1 in the band for Strictly Come Dancing.  He can even be heard sneaking into people’s TV sets on a daily basis on the titles of Coronation Street!
 
Known for being versatile in many styles, Andy has performed as guest principal and bass trombone with symphony orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. Andy has recorded and performed with many of the world's biggest artists including Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Pink, Robbie Williams, Seth McFarlane, Tom Jones, Phil Collins, Rhianna, Seal, Placido Domingo, The Who, Dido, Florence & The Machine, Bjork, Pavarotti, Sting, Paul McCartney, Harry Connick Jnr and hundreds of others and has recently been heard on the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars international hit "Uptown Funk". 
 
     

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