Chris Fower G.D.L.M., L.R.A.M (teaching)
Director of Education, Music Warwick Music Group
During his career in music education Chris taught extensively in one-to-one and group lessons at all levels in both state and private schools and the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He has tutored on numerous county level courses and was Musical Director of Hertfordshire Youth Jazz Ensemble. Chris has enjoyed a variety of other music education roles including “Leader of Wider Opportunities” for Hertfordshire Music Service and “Leader for Instrumental Development” for Derbyshire City and County Music Partnership” alongside working extensively as a mentor and teacher trainer, most notably as part of the face to face team for Trinity Guildhall in their delivery of the Open University’s “KS2 Whole Class Instrumental Music” training program. Chris was a lead member of the team that originally created, manufactured and marketed pBone and has already delivered workshops, master classes and training all over the world for both pBone and pTrumpet. Chris is delighted to now be Director of Education for both the Warwick Music Group and the charity Brass for Africa.
Chris completed his undergraduate studies in jazz and contemporary music at Leeds College of Music and was a full-time, performance post-graduate at The Royal Academy of Music for two years as a member of the Advanced Course, during which time he was bass trombone with the European Community Youth Orchestra.
He has worked widely as a professional performer for over twenty-five years performing extensively in orchestras, big bands, music theatre and numerous diverse ensembles including Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The Creative Jazz Orchestra, Dame Shirley Bassey’s Orchestra and the Michael Nyman Band. Chris recently performed with the City of Leeds College of Music Alumni Heritage Big Band in a gala concert to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Colleges’ foundation.
John Wood, Education Ambassador
John Wood was born in the UK and studied tuba in London at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Harrild of the London Symphony Orchestra and in Manchester at both the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music.
John has performed with professional orchestra’s such as the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Hallé Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra and ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra Symphonic Brass Ensemble, Black Dyke Brass Band and brass quintet. He has also recorded for Sony Records and BBC Television & Radio and in Beijing is an active musician on the studio recording session scene (movie soundtracks, TV, Radio, and Pop artists). As a soloist, John has recently performed with the China Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra where he was Principal Tuba for the 2010 – 2011 season. John is also the founder and Artistic Director of the City Brass Ensemble.
A highly committed educator, John’s work includes teaching at the Western Academy of Beijing, International School of Beijing, Beijing City International School and Dulwich College International School of Beijing. John has also coached the brass for the Beijing Youth Orchestra and has presented Tuba and brass chamber ensemble master classes at renowned institutions such as the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing. John plays a Denis Wick 2L tuba mouthpiece and in 2016 was delighted to become an education ambassador for Warwick Music Group having led pBone and pTrumpet circles at the Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre.