London Metropolitan Brass
- Instrument: Brass Quintet
London Metropolitan Brass was formed in 2016 and is made up of current students at the Royal Academy of Music. This line-up of players are both undergraduates and postgraduates in their penultimate or final year of study. The group have been selected to represent the Academy for several recitals and external events, and have received chamber coaching from Bob Hughes, Mark David, and Matt Knight.
In the last year, players of London Metropolitan Brass have worked with professional orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as other ensembles such as the European Brass Ensemble and Brecon Baroque. Several members of the group have taken part in orchestral programmes such as the LSO Brass Academy, the London Sinfonietta Academy, and the Britten-Peers Orchestra.
Members of the quintet are recipients of various awards including the Sir Elton John Scholarship, the Ian Fleming Award from Help Musicians UK, the Lary Adler Award, the Mark Elliot Scholarship and the Winifred Agnes Disney Award. As postgraduate students, Tom and Emily are also supported in their studies by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Craxton Memorial Trust.
Outside the ensemble, the players have earned a rapport as soloists, winning competitions such as the Malcolm Arnold Fantasies Competition, the Bang & Olufson Schools Competition, Oxford Philharmonic Young Artists Platform, and Fiona Ord String Competition, as well as the Springboard Festival, KCLSO and Dublin Brass Week Concerto Competitions. As a result of these competitions, members of the ensemble subsequently were invited to perform at Wigmore Hall along with other high profile venues and record solo works for CD Release.
In 2017, the quintet won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensembles Prize, and as a result are Yeoman of the Company. Through the company they have continued their outreach work in schools and music centres up and down the country. They have given recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields and as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s Tuesday Lunchtime series. Upcoming engagements include recitals at Southwark Cathedral, Colston Hall, St Clement Danes, Bury St Edmonds, and also for the Cromer Music Society, and as part of the Buxton Music Festival.
London Metropolitan Brass are: Emily Mitchell – Trumpet, Tom Freeman-Attwood – Trumpet, Ben Hulme – Horn, Benny Vernon – Trombone and Stuart Beard – Tuba