Yet another accolade has been given to musician Jason Evans, the former Colby resident, who is now carving out a career as a world-class brass player in London.
Jason has been appointed as the Royal Academy of Music’s new ‘James Watson Associate Professor of Trumpet’.
Earlier this month Jason graduated from the academy with a first class honours Bachelor of Music degree. At the graduation ceremony, he discovered he had been awarded the top award, the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence, which goes to the best all-round student of the year.
Mark David, RAM artistic director and head of brass, said: ‘From December 2012 to July this year, Jason combined his studies at the academy with fulfilling his duties as principal trumpet in the Philharmonia Orchestra. This appointment is further acknowledgement of the invaluable role played by many successful alumni in the daily life at the academy.
‘Jason will make visits during the term working with groups of students in a variety of activities, including chamber music, orchestral repertoire and audition techniques.
‘Jason’s meteoric rise mirrors that of the late Professor James Watson, who was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra by Rudolf Kempe whilst still a student at the academy. Jason was part of the last cohort to start their studies when Jim Watson was head of the Brass Department and so it is particularly fitting that he will be the first holder of this prestigious new position.’
This is yet another achievement for the 22-year-old, whose education began at Arbory Primary School and is an Island of Culture ambassador. After going to Cheetham’s School of Music in Manchester, he studied at the RAM and has performed with orchestras throughout the world.
As principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, he is one of the youngest principal trumpets in the UK, if not the world. He is also on trial with the London Symphony and Royal Opera orchestras.
Jason will perform with his quintet Inner City Brass in St German’s Cathedral on October 25. Tickets from the Villa and Gaiety Theatre, phone 600555.