Garfield Austin began playing the trombone at 12 and, like many classical brass players, was initially immersed in the world of brass bands; as principal of the 70-strong county youth band but also the youngest member of the West of England Champions, Camborne Town. As one of the senior British brass bands, Camborne recorded recitals for BBC Radio 3 and were Championship Section national finalists.
Garfield made the move to classical performing and attained his RCM performance diploma under the guidance of the legendary Denis Wick, and went on to study advanced orchestral technique with Ian Bousfield (Principal Trombone, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and Dudley Bright (Principal Trombone, London Symphony Orchestra). He freelances extensively as a classical tenor and alto trombonist and has performed with professional ensembles including Chaconne Brass, Bath Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BSO Brass Ensemble and The Sinfonietta. Garfield is the Principal Trombone of Bristol Ensemble.
Simon has performed with numerous orchestras including Birmingham Bach Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, English Symphony Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra, the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra, and RTE Concert Orchestra.
Commercially, Simon has toured and made recordings for Royal Shakespeare Company, Paul Young, The Divine Comedy, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, and Barry Manilow. His recording credits include League of Gentleman and Shooting Fish. Simon teaches at Wells Cathedral School, Hazlegrove Preparatory School, and coaches regularly for National Children’s Orchestra, National Children’s Wind Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, Gloucester Academy of Music and South West Youth Wind Sinfonia.
Gavin Wells took a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance in the USA from the University of Northern Colorado, and further a Master of Music degree from the Florida State University. He has since worked as a freelance orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher in the UK for over 30 years, performing regularly with the Bristol Ensemble and the Bath Philharmonia. He has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Welsh National Opera.
Mark was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before taking up a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London in 1989, studying with Julian Baker and Timothy Brown. Since leaving college Mark has continued to work as a freelance musician having worked with numerous orchestras within the UK as well as the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norway. Mark is currently principal horn with both Bristol Ensemble and Southern Pro Musica Orchestra.
Donald spent ten years touring with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and more recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Switzerland and Spain. At present he is a member of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. His playing features in the Wild Boar programme of the Wildlife on One TV series and alSo in The Madness of King George III’. He is a regular soloist with the Bristol Ensemble.