Junior Prime Brass

Junior Prime Brass (JPB) began in 2010 as a quintet for the children and pupils of Prime Brass, and in 2011 developed into the standard brass dectet you hear today. The players, who are aged 14 to 18, are drawn from Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. Within the ensemble past and present there are members of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Britten Sinfonia Academy, the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and the junior departments of the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Members have had success in competitions such as BBC Young Musician and the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award. JPB alumni have gone on to study at music colleges such as the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; and at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, St Andrews and Warwick.

JPB gives regular performances in Cambridgeshire in venues such as King's College Chapel, Ely Cathedral and the West Road Concert Hall, and has appeared in the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham several times and at the Primary Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. In November 2016, JPB returned to the Royal Albert Hall to perform in the Music for Youth Proms (formerly the Schools Proms).

From its foundation in 2010 until July 2019, JPB was coached and conducted by Christopher Lawrence, who played tuba in Prime Brass from 1997 to 2011. The Musical Director as of the 2019-2020 season is Prime Brass trumpeter Gavin Bowyer.

Listen to JPB on YouTube.

JPB on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in the Primary Proms, October 2014

Members 2020-2021:

  • Freddie Ball - Trumpet
  • Isaac Holt - Trumpet
  • Amelie Bentham - Trumpet
  • Rosemary Ball - Trumpet
  • Toby Fitzgerald - Trumpet
  • Annemarie Federle - Horn
  • James Wilkinson - Trombone
  • Thomas Bateman - Trombone
  • James Rocca - Trombone
  • Jonny Lovatt - Bass Trombone
  • Rohan Dahiya - Tuba
  • Jordan Ashman - Percussion
  • George Garnett - Percussion

Past members (year of leaving):

Trumpet Jake Hatter (2012), Noah Lawrence* (2014), Dan Jenkins (2014), Olivia Duffy (2014), Zoë Perkins (2016), Joe Hegan (2016), Matthew Harding (2017), Isaac Bateman (2017), Ewan Parkin (2019), Jasper Eaglesfield (2019), Joshua Cusworth (2019)
Horn Millie Lihoreau* (2016)
Trombone Luke Fitzgerald* (2015), Ben Landymore* (2015), Justin Brassett (2015), Fintan Duffy (2016), Ben Holford (2017), Sam Stokes (2018), Cameron Scott (2019), Colin Tuchel (2019)
Bass Trombone Rob Tovey (2012), Katy Surridge (2015), Archie Blackaby (2018)
Tuba Matthew Grenz (2014), Jonathan Surridge (2019)
Percussion Nick Cowling (2014), Jacob Fitzgerald (2019)

* Founder member