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Amy Ewen

Principal Baritone with Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Amy Ewen is from Hampshire, UK. She is the principal baritone player for the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and became the first female baritone player to be appointed in the institution’s 140 year history, at the tender age of twenty one.

She received a First Class Honours degree from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2016-2020) under the tutorage of Matthew White and Philippe Schwartz. During her studies, she was a member of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. She enjoys performing in prestigious venues such as Symphony Hall, Royal Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and is most recently heard on the BBC Children in Need charity album ‚Got it Covered‘. Amy also appeared as a guest soloist alongside Peter Moore and Philip Cobb at the Great Birmingham Brass Festival 2020, where she performed Peter Graham’s ‚Concerto for Baritone‘.

Amy is the founding member of tuba quartet, When Tuba Come One – current holders of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Ensemble Competition 2019 title, Bernard Brown Brass Ensemble Prize 2020 and Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize 2020. She is also a founding member of the brass quartet Northern Quarters, where she continues to promote the baritone in unique instrumental settings. Amy also enjoys performing her baritone across other genres, such as: orchestral pop with Ollie West & the Wildflowers and also in Birmingham Opera Company’s 2019 production of ‚Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk‘ with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

She is currently studying a Masters in Music with David Thornton and Steven Mead at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her further studies would not be possible without the generous support from: The John Fewkes Instrumentalist Scholarship, Clements Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Rotary Club of Fleet. These scholarships have allowed her to explore more diverse performance opportunities and push the boundaries of the baritone, an instrument which is not widely known and heard.

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