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Matthew Eden Picked for Principal Trombone

May 16th, 2014
Matthew Eden with Chris Hickman

16-year-old Matthew Eden has been appointed Principal Bass Trombone of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB).

The Year 12 student has only recently switched to the bass trombone, having achieved Grade 7 in the tenor trombone, so this is a spectacular achievement.

Matthew joined the NYBBBG for a course over the Easter holidays and is looking forward to a summer programme of seven concerts at prestigious venues such as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Modest Matthew commenting on his appointment said, “It was a bit of miracle really, as I only saw the NYBBGB advert for bass trombone players by chance.  I then rang up, sent a written application and was invited to audition with only a few days to practice.  I am really looking forward to performing with the band.”

Anna Downes, Head of Instrumental Studies said “Matthew is a very talented musician and has worked extremely hard to reach this level.  He currently plays in the School’s concert band, swing band and symphony orchestra and hopefully this is the next step towards a professional music career”.

The NYBBGB exists to provide talented youngsters with opportunities to play brass music to the highest standard and is aimed at not only helping to develop their playing, but also in improving their musicianship and musical horizons.  The band is regularly led by leading guest conductors and tutored by some of Britain’s finest brass and percussion players. Virtually all brass sections in every major symphony orchestra have National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain members.


Pic shows:  Matthew Eden with trombone teacher Chris Hickman.