Contest Success For Tuba Star

June 11th 2015

Eccles Borough Band’s principal tuba player; David Hamilton, was celebrating this week after winning the prestigious Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Prize with his brass quintet; Lowry Brass.

The annual competition is the highlight of academic year for brass ensembles currently studying at the internationally renowned Royal Northern College of Music. Lowry Brass was one of only five ensembles invited to compete in the final for the award, their places secured by their consistent high performance standards and excellent ensemble playing throughout the year.

“We were delighted to have won the Philip Jones Ensemble Prize,” David Hamilton, speaking after the competition. “Lowry Brass has been incredibly busy preparing for our Spotlight Concert earlier this week and our upcoming chamber music assessments, winning the final has been beyond anything we could have hoped for.”

The judging panel for the competition was Rob Buckland; Assistant Head of the school of Wind, Brass, and Percussion at the college, and Ursula Jones; widow of the late Philip Jones who inspired the competition. Lowry Brass received great praise from both judges, with Mr. Buckland highlighting their stunning ensemble work throughout the performance.

Along with David; tuba, the group also features the musicians Torstein Holmås and Luke Dempsey, trumpet, Rupert Browne, horn, and Jay Hall; trombone.

David will feature in Eccles Borough Band’s upcoming performance at the Land O’ Burns Entertainment Contest, held in Troon later this month.

For more information on Lowry Brass check out their Facebook page