James Hall

james hall

James grew up locally in Lancashire where he took up the trombone at the age of 13. Soon after, he joined St Helens Youth Brass Band under the inspirational leadership of our founder Lynda Nicholson.  Later, he was awarded a scholarship to study for his undergraduate degree at Birmingham Conservatoire and more recently studied for his Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

He has performed in some of the country’s finest concert halls including Symphony Hall and the Bridgewater Hall.  A particular highlight of his playing career was as a featured soloist with the Birmingham Conservatoire brass band in a Concerto performance written especially for him by Clara Catt.  He was a recipient of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble prize in 2015 as part of the quintet ’Lowry Brass’ who were featured on BBC Radio 4.

Away from SHYBB, James works in schools for both Lancashire and St. Helens Music Services as a peripatetic brass teacher and workshop leader.

James’ musical journey has brought him full circle. He started at SHYBB and he has now returned home to become our latest inspirational leader.

John Burke

John Burke

After leaving Music College, John worked as a professional musician in Germany and Switzerland. Upon his return to the UK, he took up a post as a peripatetic brass teacher, working part time with the Liverpool Music Support Service. John enjoyed music education so much that he decided to gain a teaching qualification. Whilst studying, he met an inspirational teacher by the name of Lynda Nicholson – SHYBB’s Lifelong President. Lynda invited him to conduct the junior band for St Helens Youth Brass Band, a position which he still proudly holds.

Now teaching for Wirral Schools Music Service, John is still very active on the live music scene here in the northwest.

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