Ferreira Brass was formed in September 2013 by graduate and post-graduate students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Members of the group have also studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire and King's College London, being finalists in and winning a variety of awards for both solo and ensemble playing along the way. Ferreira Brass is passionate about becoming a leading interpreter of the core repertoire available for brass ensembles as well as adding their own new arrangements and engaging composers to add to the repertoire.
The group has impressive credentials, with its members having worked with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as completing a variety of outreach projects and professional development schemes with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
As diverse as the repertoire they perform, the group's members have also performed at jazz festivals around the world, recorded for BBC radio and television and have played with some of the world's top brass bands. They also enjoy a variety of pop and session playing and regularly perform with function and ska bands across the UK, as well as being distinguished soloists in their own right.
Ferreira Brass is named after the Cutty Sark, the large tea clipper housed just outside the Trinity Laban buildings in Greenwich, which was renamed Ferreira when the boat was sold to the Portuguese firm J. Ferreira & Co. in 1895.
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Tom began playing the trumpet as a member of Harpenden Musicale, and soon joined the Luton and Bedfordshire Music Services. He attended Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music from the age of 14, where he took part in orchestral projects under conductors including Sir Colin Davis, and won the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music prize with the resident brass quintet. Tom was also a member of the National Childrens' Orchestra of Great Britain in their 25th anniversary year performing in venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham. As a member of the National Youth Wind Ensemble, he took part in recording the Philip Grange Clarinet Concerto for the composer's CD.
Having completed his degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Bristol, Tom was awarded a Postgraduate Artist Diploma from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2014, studying both the modern and natural trumpet with Robert Farley and David Carstairs.
Tom has played with Orchestras across the country, including Bristol Opera, Docklands Sinfonia, New Bristol Sinfonia (since 2008) and the English Schools Orchestra, as well as playing for a huge variety of amateur musical theatre productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and My Fair Lady to name a few. Tom has been the trumpeter for Bedford Pantomime Company's annual production since 2010. Tom also took part in The Rite of Spring Project, performing Stravinsky's work in a multi-storey car park in Peckham in 2011. As well as performing with Ferreira Brass, Tom is often performing other chamber music with ensembles including Bristol Brass Consort.
Tom has performed in masterclasses for notable trumpet professors including Alastair Mackie, Paul Benniston and Tom Wrainer. Tom has also had tuition from international pedagog Kristian Steenstrup, Phillipe Schartz and Tim Hawes.
Tom enjoys performing contemporary music - his experience includes a performance of Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale complete with dancers and he was a member of the Bristol University New Music Ensemble in 2011, performing works by Generation X composers. Equally no stranger to the brass band world, Tom has played with bands including Royal Greenwich Brass Band and Bedford Town Band.
As a diverse performer, Robert enjoys a varied career which spans from symphony orchestra work to pop and session playing. As a soloist, he has given numerous recitals at venues including Kings College Chapel and St Mary Le Bow Church. Career highlights include working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at Montreaux Jazz Festival, Boomtown Festival and on BBC Television.
Curently studying for a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Robert also runs one of the country's elite corporate function bands and can be seen touring the UK and Europe with the Ska and Raggae band, The New Town Kings.
Thomas studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, during which time he performed with various college and freelance orchestras around the UK on both natural and modern horn. In 2012 he was accepted on the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightment Academy Scheme with whom he performed concerts throughout the south of England.
Thomas has worked on pop, jazz and classical projects, and as a session musician. He has also worked with modern and period orchestras throughout the UK including the Chipping Camden Academy orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Declan started playing the Euphonium at the age of 8 studying at the Harpenden Musicale Centre, later progressing to study at Junior Guildhall, learning Euphonium with Spencer Down and Trombone with Mark Templeton and Rob Burgess, where he was principal in the symphony orchestra and the various brass bands and ensembles. Declan also became first Euphonium the Amersham brass band, where he was featured as a soloist in many concerts and recordings; the band was also featured in the Bill Murray drama Hyde Park on Hudson.
Declan graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2014, during which time he was taught by Graham Lee, Mark Templeton and Mark Bassey. As well as winning the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble prize with 6 Bones, he has played with all the other college ensembles and participated in master classes with Hakan Bjorkman and Byron Fulcher.
Outside of college, Declan plays for the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (YMSO) under the direction of James Blair and guest conductors including John Wilson. They were featured recently on the Paul O'Grady show. Declan is also a member of Inflo Brass Dectet, an outreach project of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). As well as freelancing with a number of orchestras, Declan has also worked on the light music scene, with various big bands and function groups across the country.
Progressing through the Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust where he now teaches, Andy completed his undergraduate degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Graham Sibley and David Gordon-Shute. Whilst there, Andy sat principal tuba with all the conservatoire ensembles, was a finalist in the brass prize and winner of the Bernard Brown Brass Ensemble prize. As well as gaining a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) training scheme, which culminated in performing Belshazzar's Feast with the CBSO under John Wilson's direction, Andy completed an ERASMUS exchange scheme to Leipzig, studying with Bernd Angerhoefer and performing with a professional brass quintet, guest soloist with a brass band and with one of the city's 3 professional orchestras, the Musikalische Komödie.
In September 2014, Andy was awarded a Master's degree with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust) studying with Oren Marshall and George Wall, during which he was awarded a place on a mentor scheme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Aside from college, Andy has broadcast live for the BBC, had several solo works composed for him, taken part in a variety of education and outreach work for the CBSO and has played with some of the world's top brass bands.