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Artistic Director and Head of Brass Mark David Hon ARAM Principal trumpet of the Philharmonia since 1992; also principal trumpet of Academy of St Martin in the Fields and a member of the Nash Ensemble. Has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall and Buckingham Palace, and given recitals in the UK and abroad. Studied with John Wilbraham at the Birmingham School of Music and in Sweden with Hakan Hardenberger. Appointed to succeed the late James Watson from September 2011.

In recent years the Academy’s Brass Faculty has established itself as one of the foremost in the world. The Academy’s distinguished resident and visiting teachers of brass are active at the highest professional level, and include principal players with London’s leading orchestras and world-renowned solo performers. Students are thus kept in close touch with professional developments and opportunities.

Orchestral and ensemble playing are central to the curriculum, and the Academy expects students to investigate all periods of performance technique, from historical performance to contemporary idioms.

As well as orchestral and chamber concerts, regular rehearsals, sectionals and chamber ensembles are led by distinguished performers from both inside and outside the Academy. Eminent visitors include Canadian Brass, Joseph Alessi, Kenneth Amis, Ronald Barron, Leonard Candelaria, Håkan Hardenberger, John Kenny, David Krauss, Christian Lindberg, Don Lucas, Eric Ruske, Guy Touvron, the Transatlantic Horn Quartet and Radovan Vlatkovic.

The Academy’s third CD of symphonic brass music, directed by the late James Watson and featuring arrangements of iconic American 20th-century works, was released in 2010.

‘A truly excellent ensemble’ Gramophone, February 2009

The Teachers Senior Tutor of Brass Robert Hughes FRAM


Martin Owen FRAM (Principal, BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Michael Thompson FRAM Aubrey Brain Chair of Horn (International Soloist)

Richard Watkins FRAM Dennis Brain Chair of Horn (International Soloist)

International Visiting Professors of Horn Alessio Allegrini Radovan Vlatkovich

Trumpet Paul Beniston BA, MMus, ARCM, FTCL (Principal, LPO)

Mark David Hon ARAM (Principal, Philharmonia) (Artistic Director and Head of Brass)

Robert Farley Hon ARAM (Principal, Hanover Band) Rod Franks Hon ARAM, Hon.DUniv (Principal Trumpet, LSO)

Howard Snell FRAM (former Principal, LSO)

International Visiting Professors of Trumpet Eric Aubier Reinhold Friedrich Hon RAM

Commercial Brass Consultant Derek Watkins (leading session player)

Tenor Trombone Dudley Bright Hon RAM (Principal, LSO) Mark Templeton FRAM (Principal, LPO)


International Visiting Professor of Trombone

Ian Bousfield Hon RAM (Principal, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)

Bass Trombone Robert Hughes FRAM (LSO) Keith McNicoll (Principal, Royal Opera House)

Tuba Patrick Harrild Hon RAM (Principal, LSO) Oren Marshall

Euphonium and Bass Trumpet James Maynard ARAM (LSO)

Historical Brass Instruments

Robert Farley Hon ARAM Natural Trumpet and Cornetto (Principal, Hanover Band)

John Hutchins LRAM, ARAM Natural trumpet Patrick Jackman Sackbut and Early Trombone (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort)

Roger Montgomery BA, LLB (Natural Horn) (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Principal, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment)

Stephen Wick Serpent and Ophicleide (London Gabrieli Brass)

LRAM (Art of Teaching) Sharon Broughall

Department Administrator: Amy Gardner BMus Telephone 020 7873 7320 Email Open Day: 23rd September 2011

‘This CD is a “must buy” recording. It shows how the Royal Academy Brass Ensemble is at the forefront of brass ensemble playing at all levels in this country, which includes professional circles. The highly gifted and talented young brass players display qualities and musical maturity well beyond their years’ The Brass Herald, March 2011

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2010–2011 Highlights Release of ‘American Icons’, the last recording conducted by James Watson Masterclasses with Alessio Allegrini, Eric Aubier, Ian Bousfield, Reinhold Friedrich, Tim Jones, Michael Laird, Roger Montgomery, Simon Rayner, Philippe Schartz, Stefan Schultz and Radovan Vlatkovi´c Tribute concert in memory of James Watson, featuring many soloists and an all-star band and compered by Victoria Wood

Recent Student Successes Recent graduates play with BBC orchestras, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Opera. Ensembles include Onyx, Karelia and QuintEssential.

‘It’s amazing that such a large group is so athletic and the solos are convincing... Altogether a fine tribute to brass culture at the Academy, and to conductor James Watson, who died unexpectedly at the age of 59, shortly after this disc was released.’ Gramophone reviews ‘American Icons’, June 2011

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