London Metropolitan Brass
- Instrument: Brass Quintet
London Metropolitan Brass was formed in 2016 by Mark David and Bob Hughes. The group is made up of current students at the Royal Academy of Music, who were selected to represent the Academy in this newly-formed quintet. The group have performed recitals up and down the country as well as frequently performing for weddings and engaging in education outreach work. In 2017, the quintet won The Musicians’ Company’s Brass Ensembles Prize and has quickly become a well-established, professional chamber ensemble.
Emily Mitchell – Trumpet
Emily is a fourth-year undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music where her studies are supported by a National Scholarship Award and the Peter Hinkley Trust. Prior to starting at the Academy full-time, Emily studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. In 2014, Emily won the King’s College London Concerto Competition and the Springboard Festival Concerto Competition in 2015. She has performed as a soloist in France, Germany and London; most recently playing the solo trumpet part for Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 with the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists. During the Summer of 2016, Emily took part in the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy. In September 2017 Emily will be continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, accepting a scholarship to study on a two-year Master of Arts course. She has also received the Ian Fleming Award from Help Musicians UK to support these postgraduate studies.
Tom Freeman-Attwood – Trumpet
Tom Freeman-Attwood became a member of the National Youth Orchestra when he was 15 in the Philip Jones Memorial Chair, having won the Bang & Olufsen Schools Competition. Having won a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, Tom is now in the final year of his undergraduate course. Since 2013, Tom has been a member of the European Brass Ensemble, playing with them for a commercial CD, ‘In Residence’, released internationally in 2016. Tom has also played with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson. Tom has been a member of the Britten-Pears Programme since 2015. He performed Stravinsky’s Fanfare for a New Theatre in Snape under Oliver Knussen (recorded for Linn) as well as for John Adams’ Doctoral Conferment at the Academy.
Ben Hulme – Horn
Ben Hulme began playing the horn aged 7, before gaining a place at Chetham’s School of Music. Ben has performed concertos with the Buxton Musical Society and Chetham’s Sinfonia, and featured as a soloist for BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme in January 2014. As a chamber musician Ben has performed at Wigmore Hall with his wind quintet, and won the Fiona Ord String Competition with a performance of the Mozart horn quintet. He is now in his second year at the Royal Academy of Music, and is the recipient of a Sir Elton John Scholarship.
Benny Vernon – Trombone
Benny Vernon is currently an undergraduate student on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. He grew up in Somerset, studying at the Wells Cathedral School of music, and performing with many ensembles in the area and further afield. Aside from his studies he is also a member of the orchestra at the St Endellion opera festival, holding the principal chair there. He is also the recent recipient of the trombone division of the Malcolm Arnold brass prize.
Stuart Beard – Tuba
Stuart is currently studying tuba at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Patrick Harrild, principle tuba of the London Symphony Orchestra. Stuart won the Malcolm Arnold Fantasies Competition in 2016 and has subsequently recorded Fantasy for Tuba for CD release, as well as featuring as a guest soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. Stuart is an experienced chamber musician, and is a member of various other ensembles including a duet pairing with Nicolette Chin, a London based harpist.