CHAMELEON BRASS is a vibrant, entertaining ensemble, who enjoy playing music that audiences respond to. They have performed with The BBC Singers and have played at venues such as the Millennium Dome, Fairfield Halls and St Johns, Smith Square. All members of the group have worked on Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now! scheme and are committed to music in education, currently working with several London boroughs. Individually the members of the group are freelance players and have worked with the RPO, Ulster, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, National Symphony and London Concert Orchestras and the Glenn Miller Band. In 2001 Chameleon Brass completed their first album "It's All Been Arranged", containing such works as Bohemian Rhapsody, William Tell Overture and Porgy & Bess Suite.
virtuosity is only matched by their enthusiasm"
Brass performed a highly professional interactive concert that left
the children enthused. I highly recommend them"
engaging and confidently professional"
playing and innovative material...encompassing such a breadth of
style takes considerable skill"
have worked with Chameleon Brass on a number of occasions and have
never failed to be delighted by their talent, skill and enthusiasm"
Giles' early musical training came from the junior department of Birmingham Conservatories before studying at the Royal College of Music. He subsequently moved to London and has been Principal Trumpet with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, (the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra), he was also a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra. During his time at the Royal College Giles won prizes for brass playing, gave the first performance of Neil Crossland's Trumpet Concerto, was lead trumpet of the Big Band under Don Lusher and participated in Masterclasses with John Wallace. Giles is currently Principal Trumpet in the All Souls Orchestra with whom he has appeared as a soloist, and broadcast on BBC 2. Recent engagements have included a live Radio 4 broadcast, playing for Her Majesty The Queen, touring with the RPO and recording for BBC TV "Songs of Praise" with Sir Harry Secombe.
|Ian Stott||Ian started playing the french horn at the age of eleven. At sixteen he passed grade 8 and enlisted in The Life Guards Band. During his time in the Army he studied at the Guards School of Music where he won the prize of Best Horn player and later went on to study at Kneller Hall, The Royal Military School of Music, under Denzil Floyd. During his nine years with the band as Principal Horn he played live on Radio 2&3, recorded 5 CDs including work with Sony, appeared on television and regularly performed for Her Majesty The Queen. Since leaving the Army Ian has studied at the Guildhall School of Music under Jonathan Lipton. Ian is now a freelance musician playing with West Forest Symfonia as Principal Horn and the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. As well as Chameleon Brass Quintet, Ian is a member of the Beaufort Wind Ensemble. Ian also enjoys teaching for Kingston Music Services and Berkshire Music Trust.|
|Matthew Wells||Matthew began playing trumpet at an early age having had his roots firmly laid through playing in the Salvation Army brass band. Matthew was awarded a scholarship in 1992 to study at the Royal College of Music in London. During his four years there he studied the trumpet with Michael Laird and Malcolm Smith, and Baroque Trumpet with Mark Bennett. He was awarded many prizes during his time at the college including the Keith Falker Bach/Handel prize and the Royal College of Music Senior Brass prize. He completed his studies in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Since leaving music college, Matthew has freelanced as a professional trumpet player working both on modern and natural trumpets. He has completed tours all over the world and has performed with many leading orchestras and groups of the Royal Opera House, RPO Concert Orchestra, English Concert Orchestra and other prestigious orchestras and groups|
|Richard Fox||Richard first started playing the tuba at the age of 12, having been inspired by a recording of Jabba the Hut from the Return of the Jedi soundtrack. He subsequently won an award from Surrey County Council to go to the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music where he studied tuba with Owen Marshall. After A levels Richard went to study music at City University, and tuba at the Guildhall with Jim Anderson, and it was here that he first became interested in Contemporary Music, Jazz, World Music and Free Improvisation. Richard has performed with a wide variety of different ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Paul Whiteman Orchestra, The Brasshoppers, English National Opera, the All Souls Orchestra, Paul Rutherford's Iskastra, and has taught at the junior Royal College. Currently Richard works as a freelance tuba player in the London area and teaches for Surrey Youth Music and Performing Arts.|
|Steven Thompson||After leaving school Steven studied at the London College of Music and subsequently at the Trinity College of Music under John Edney for 4 years where he passed the Associate of the Royal College of Music Diploma. He was then lucky enough to be given the oppurtunity to further his studies with a Jazz scholarship at the Trinity College being taught by Warwick Tyrell and Don Lusher. He is currently a freelance musician and also teaches for Berkshire Music Service as well as running his own swing band - The Blue Chips.|
|Contact Details||Ian Stott|
|Booking||Equally at home in the recital hall or as background music for corporate events, and their educational programme has proved very successful. Chameleon Brass has a wide repertoire that can cater to most tastes. For further information visit our website given below or contact Ian as above.|
|Members||Giles Fowler (trumpet), Matthew Wells (trumpet), Richard Fox (tuba), Ian Stott (horn), Steve Thompson (trombone)|
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