The distinguished jazz trombonist and first trombone with the BBC Big Band is the Society's Honorary Patron.
The Committee meets monthly through teleconferencing and supports the aims of the British Trombone Society through its work at national and regional levels.
Matthew has been Principal Trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010. Following this appointment he gained principal positions with the Aurora Orchestra and the brass septet Septura. He is also on the teaching faculty at the Royal Academy of Music and is an active soloist. His passion for the trombone has driven him to release two solo albums Paradiso e inferno, and Matthew Gee’s Amazing Sliding Circus. Both of these concept recordings address stereotypes associated with the instrument, with the express aim of introducing audiences to the beauty, expressiveness, and flexibility of an instrument often overlooked. Matthew has performed with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Klangforum Wein, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has recorded and appeared in many films and television scores.
Dávur, a Faroese Trombonist from Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, who now lives in Scotland. He was appointed as the principal trombone chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the age of 22. Dávur has been president of the society for coming up to two years.
Simon is a London based freelance Bass and Contrabass Trombonist. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Simon can be heard playing in all musical genres, from the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. He has been an active member of the BTS for over 16 years.
Committee/Board of Trustees (please note that not all Trustees are members of the BTS Committee)
As a performer, Jon has worked with artists such as Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett and Jamie Cullum. He also appears regularly with the John Wilson Orchestra and the Heritage Orchestra. Jon teaches at Westminster School and delivers classes and workshops all over the country.
Andy plays second trombone with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. He went to Huddersfield School of Music where he studied with Les Storey and Chris Houlding. While at college he joined Hammonds Sauce Works Band and later, Black Dyke Mills Band. Over the next eight years, Andy had spells with Yorkshire Imperial, Black Dyke for a second time, and the Brighouse and Rastrick band before leaving brass banding for the dubious allure of a cabaret show. Orchestral playing, shows, function bands and small jazz groups occupied him for the next twenty years before he re-joined the brass band world in 2016.
Alison has been with the BTS for a number of years and does a sterling job of keeping the committee in check, organising our monthly telephone conferences and dealing with a lot of the day to day running of the committee. Alison plays Bass Trombone and enjoys attending festivals all around the world.
Emily has been playing the Trombone since she was seven years old, and has been a member of the BTS for many years. She joined the British Army as a Musician in March 2013 after completing her A Levels. Following her studies at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, she was posted to The Band and Bugles of The Rifles as Co-Principal Trombone, later becoming Principal Trombone. In July of this year (2019) Emily received her dream posting to The Band of The Welsh Guards in London.
Her career highlights have been performing in the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, performing on Tom Chaplin’s album ‘The Wave’, and training the Albanian Military Band on a Short Term Training Team to name but a few.
Jonty Hill is the Principal Trombone of the Royal Air Force Central Band and is the Lead Trombone with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires Big Band. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2007 and as a freelance trombonist has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and commercially alongside singers such as Cliff Richards, Mick Hucknall, Martin Shaw, Carol Kidd and Claire Martin.
He performed at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club with the late great trumpeter Derek Watkins and in October 2014 recorded Gordon Langford’s Rhapsody for Trombone for the Chandos Record label. He has been a featured soloist on both trombone and classical guitar at the Royal Albert Hall with the Central Band and in 2018 performed live on the Chris Evans breakfast show on BBC Radio One to an audience of 10 million people.
Jane is a London-based tombone player, who performs with various professional theatre and orchestral companies across the country. Jane holds prestigious teaching positions including St Paul's Cathedral School and Guildhall Young Artists' 'Centre for Young Musicians' and has worked on a variety of outreach projects with the education departments of the Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Jane is a graduate of the Guildhall School where she studied for her undergraduate degree and continued as an Artistic Fellow of the school for both 2015 and 2016.
Adrian Taylor works as a professional trombonist, conductor, instrumental teacher and composer/arranger based in the Midlands. He is a founder member of English Trombone Consort and conductor of Birmingham Schools' Wind Orchestra (run by Services For Education). Many of his arrangements and compositions have been published by Warwick Music and two of his trombone study books are on the ABRSM trombone syllabus. Adrian has often played a leading role in BTS days, rehearsing his own arrangements for the massed blows or conducting the wind orchestra to accompany soloists.
Born and educated in London and studied at Trinity College of Music and Hull University, Geoff has lived in East Yorkshire (Hull, Beverley and now Hutton Cranswick) for over 50 years.
He worked as a teacher in Sheffield and Hull and as an education adviser to the East Riding of Yorkshire School Advisory Service. Now retired but still playing bass trombone (Edwards) in various groups, brass quintet, swing band and orchestra. Has one son, a professional horn player and a very tolerant wife.
Now extremely old, but hoping to become even more so