Mark Templeton joins LPO

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30-year old trombonist Mark Templeton has recently been appointed Principal Trombone of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A former student of Eric Crees, Simon Wills and Peter Gane, Templeton has been freelancing in London with the likes of the London Symphony, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. The LPO trombones have had the highlight of recording the Lord of the Rings soundtracks in recent years, but since the closure of the Royal Festival Hall for refurbishment, the orchestra has been concentrating on smaller repertoire and the trombones have been involved less. In the past couple of years, first trombone Lindsay Shilling has moved to the Royal Opera House, and bass trombonist Dave Stewart has left to concentrate on freelance and session work. With the announcement of Mark's appointment comes the news that second trombone Brian Raby will leave too. This will leave Mark with a chance to build a brand new trombone section and look forward to next summer's reopening of the Royal Festival Hall. Mark's appointment means that the Guildhall School of Music & Drama can now boast that the Principal Trombone post at all five major London symphony orchestras is now held by Guildhall School alumni. Mark Templeton: Principal Trombone of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Graham Lee: Principal Trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Byron Fulcher: Principal Trombone of the Philharmonia Orchestra Helen Vollam: Principal Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Dudley Bright: Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra

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