WHEN DID YOU START TO PLAY
AND WHO TAUGHT YOU?
One Christmas when I was
three and a half my grandfather
[Roland] gave me a battered
Bandmaster cornet; this meant that
I could copy my dad and brother
playing the cornet. When I was
seven, lessons began officially;
my dad taught me cornet and
Marjorie Ringham taught me piano.
WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?
I have been first trumpet in the
London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)
for almost five years.
HOW DID YOU GET THERE?
At 18 I studied for a degree in music
at the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama, London. During those four
years I played in various orchestras
in London and around the UK.
Halfway through my fourth year
I worked with the London Symphony
Orchestra and on my final day at
college my role as principal trumpet
was signed, sealed and delivered!
WHAT MUSIC PARTICULARLY
I like all sorts of music – jazz, big
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE
As a trumpet player, I like the
composers that keep me busy such
as Mahler and Shostakovich. As far
as the Army’s concerned there’s
Kenneth Downie, Wilfred Heaton
and Paul Sharman. I used to billet
with Paul when I was in the ISB; he’s
a good friend who writes for me.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT A
SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR
CAREER AS A MUSICIAN?
There are a couple of highlights that
particularly stand out. One has to be
the Youth Makes Music Gospel Arts
concert at the Royal Albert Hall when
I played solos alongside the staff
band. The other highlight was the
2012 Olympics. The LSO had
contributed background music and
I had the opportunity to play at
the opening and closing of the
Paralympics – it felt just like another
gig at the time, but now I realise it
was something that will never
happen like that again.
WHAT INTERESTS DO YOU HAVE?
I’m an Arsenal [Arsenal Football Club, Halloway, London] fan, I play golf and
I try to keep fit by running.
WHO HAS HAD A SIGNIFICANT
INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE?
My dad – not just musically – but as
a man. Others include Paul Beniston
and Wynton Marsalis. Paul or ‘Benny’
is first trumpet in the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and has a
Salvation Army background. He
helped me understand the profession
but above all we just had a great
teacher/pupil relationship. With
Wynton Marsalis – well he was
someone I idolised as a kid and to
meet the man, who was so warm
towards me, was fantastic. It was
great to meet a hero who’s such a
gentleman as well!
HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE
OF SALVATION ARMY MUSIC?
Having been at TYB [Territorial Youth Band] and TYC [Territorial Youth Chorus] in
February, I felt extremely excited by
the people and their talent. I was part
of the staff team, but I started out as
one of the students and haven’t
missed a year yet. If you haven’t been
there, you need to get down to the
festival to experience it. I hope this
traditional side of Army music will stay.
IS THERE A SONG THAT HAS
‘Don’t Doubt Him Now’ – it’s strange,
I don’t really know all the words, but
the music speaks to me.
WHAT’S YOUR HOPE FOR THE
I’m happy to keep doing what I’m
doing. I’ve got the job I enjoy and
more of the same would be great.
I also want to continue my Salvation
Army music ministry.