Connaught Brass wins Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition

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First prize in the 2019 Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition has been awarded to Connaught Brass.

Chineke! trumpeters Aaron Akugbo and Harry Plant are members of the quintet, which was formed in 2016 by the students of the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Trumpet 1 - Aaron Akugbo
Trumpet 2 - Harry Plant
Horn- Robyn Blair
Trombone- Chris Brewster
Tuba- Aled Meredith-Barrett

The inaugural week-long competition, held at the Royal Northern College of Music in July, brings together young brass quintets and showcases excellence and enterprise in brass chamber music performance, building on the legacy of Philip Jones CBE (1928-2000).

The ensemble faced stiff competition from 13 other groups from across the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Austria, Croatia and Italy. You can watch all the performances from the competition online.

Huge congratulations to Aaron, Harry and all the Connaught Brass ensemble members!