A brass quintet based near Cambridge & Haverhill, UK

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Trombone - Sarah Minchin

Sarah began learning piano and violin at an obscenely early age, but by the time she was nine had developed a yearning to play the French Horn. On visiting her village Brass Band, she quickly received her first lesson (along with the information that “we don’t have them things in a Brass Band, Dear); that if you learn with a Brass Band you tend to be given the instrument which is in the cupboard, because that is the player the Band is short of.

Proudly bearing a Trombone home, Sarah began a relationship with the instrument which would take her to Haverhill, where she met Paul Farr, Tim and Gavin, many local groups and orchestras, County groups, the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, where she became Section Leader and eventually to the Royal Northern College of Music.

Now living and working in Cambridgeshire, Sarah plays mainly with Tube and the Prime Brass 10 piece and quintet.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Trumpet - Gavin Bowyer

Gavin started playing the cornet at the age of 6. The Haverhill Youth and Learner Bands were particularly strong at the time, and music quickly became a serious hobby. Since then he has played in many brass bands including the Rigid Containers Band (formerly GUS Footwear Band). Gavin was Principal Cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for two years, a position held by such illustrious names as Maurice Murphy, Phillip McCann and Philip Cobb.

In 1995 (aged 19) Gavin was a semi-finalist in the Shell-London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, and in 1999 he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After travelling in Australia and Canada, and playing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, he now teaches brass at schools in and around Linton, Saffron Walden, Cambridge and Haverhill.

As well as playing in Tube, Gavin is a member of the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra. He has recently played for The Bishop of Ely, The Queen, and Kylie Minogue!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Evening of Melody - Friday 25 Sep

Tube on YouTube Again !!

This video is from a more informal setting, the recent Bobstock festival in Kedington: