Bromsgrove School

Worcestershire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 444 (Boys) 288 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1553

General Information

Pupils come to Bromsgrove not just because A Level and International Baccalaureate are taught superbly, but because sport is phenomenal and the arts fizz. It’s a passionate place with a dash of pizzazz to boot. With over 500 full time boarders from the age of 7, life at Bromsgrove is exciting and challenging. The Saturday activity programme (we have no Exeat weekends) allows pupils to participate in a huge variety of extra-curricular activities.

Facilities

Bromsgrove Senior and Prep School lie in one hundred acres of grounds with grass pitches galore. A newly built sports arena big enough for eight badminton courts and with seating for 500 is of a national standard and this together with a refurbished indoor swimming pool, new dance studios, hospitality suite for post match teas and other functions sits alongside our existing sports facilities: two sports halls with climbing walls, two floodlit astroturfs, squash courts, tennis and netball courts, extensive grass pitches and a 400 metre running track (at the adjacent Ryland Centre). The superb Outdoor Education facility of Upton Warren is a mere five minute drive away, and there pupils can engage in a host of activities from sailing and kayaking to climbing and ropework.

The school has invested over £22 million in building and development since 1994 and recent additions include a £2.5 million Art, Design & Technology building, an impressive Library and resources centre and a campus-wide broadband ICT network providing over 500 PCs for pupil use. Bromsgrove has probably built more boarding houses in the last few years than any other School in the country. Two new girls’ boarding houses and a new Prep School boarding house were completed in 2012, two new Sixth Form wings in 2013 and two more boys’ houses have been fully refurbished. Academic results are outstanding and Bromsgrove now offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to A-Levels, pupils have a genuine choice.

Entrance Requirements

13+ : Entrance test. Sixth Form : GCSE results

Scholarships

11+:Academic, Music. 13+,16+:Academic, Music, Sport. Bursaries available for talent in sport, music, art, drama & all-round ability. Foundation scholarships for pupils living in the Bromsgrove area.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2017/2018. Day: £5340 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £11950 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7925 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Peter Clague

Contact for enquiries: Ms S Bussey

Bromsgrove School
Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B617DU

[t]: 01527 579679
[f]: 01527 576177
[w]: www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk

Location Description

Bromsgrove School is situated in the town of Bromsgrove, England and is set within 100 acres of grounds just out of the town itself. It is ideally located for local, national and international travel to/from the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas, Birmingham International Airport, London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Bromsgrove is also close to excellent road and rail links (the town has its own railway line), such as the M5 and M42 motorways and Birmingham train stations.

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Bromsgrove School has held a number of Remembrance activities in the lead up to Armistice Day.  The School’s biggest project was the creation of an

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outdoor field of acrylic poppies, each one unique to the Old Bromsgrovian who lost their life.

Amongst those killed was Victoria Cross recipient, Eustace Jotham whose actual VC is kept at the School.  This display provided the inspiration for a collection of smaller events for ‘Remembrance Week’.  Keen to get the pupils involved, creative writing workshops with the School’s Archivist were held and inspired by the WW1 collections, pupils recorded extracts of personal accounts from the trenches.  Pupils whose creative work was selected for the School’s exhibition got the chance to visit the war graves of France and Belgium – a poignant trip that will stay with them forever.

On 7th November, pupils from Bromsgrove School gave a fitting tribute to the young men who fought and lost their lives in the First World War. The pupils, dressed in army uniforms performed a flash mob, stopping at various School locations, in particular Wendron Gordon House, the previous home of many fallen Old Bromsgrovian soldiers, and the field of poppies near the Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the ninety-four former pupils and masters who lost their lives in the 1914-18 war.

Bromsgrove’s School archive contains many WW1 items; School achievement medals, photos of boys at School and in army uniform, telegrams, letters of condolence and war medals, Many of the boys kept in contact with the School during WW1 and families sent documents and artefacts relating to loved ones who had been killed in action back to the School, to be part of the archive to remember them. 

Three Old Bromsgrovians were awarded the Victoria Cross. One, as he lay dying, said “Tell the Colonel I have done my best.”  The parents of another, requested that the School Motto be placed on their son’s headstone. It is clear by the soldiers’ diary entries that the School had a huge impact on the person they became, and made them the dedicated soldiers they were.

The School’s Remembrance Services were moving tributes to the thousands of men who sacrificed their lives in World War 1, but most especially the Old Bromsgrovians who fell, whilst in the care of Routh, the Headmaster at the time. It was also an opportunity for the School to reflect on all our Armed Services both now and in the past, and remember the sacrifices they continue to make. Wreaths were laid in memory of the OBs below the Rolls of Honour in the Memorial Chapel.

Head of DT at the Prep School, Mr Sutherland created ‘there but not there’ shadowy silhouette figures which were particularly thought provoking as they sat amongst current staff and pupils – a poignant reminder of why the Memorial Chapel was built. They also made perspex blocks with the names of the fallen OBs engraved on them. The Senior DT department made a life size cut-out of a WW1 soldier for local church, St Michael’s, in Stoke Prior. The church says that they have received many moving comments from their parishioners since the installation of the ‘Tommy’.

On Friday 9th November, the School held a two minute silence at the flagpole near the Memorial Chapel and in the evening held an Evening of Music and Readings for Remembrance in Routh Hall.

On Armistice Day, as part of a very moving Remembrance Service, pupils from the Combined Cadet Force read out the names of each OB soldier killed, one by one, in the Memorial Chapel.

Also on the morning of 11th November, Mrs Deval-Reed, Headmistress of Bromsgrove Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School attended the Service of Remembrance in London as part of the People’s Procession – a nation’s thank you. Mrs Deval-Reed joined ten thousand others in The Mall before they processed down Whitehall and past the Cenotaph, and laid a poppy wreath to honour the ninety-four Old Bromsgrovians who died. Mrs Deval-Reed said “It was extremely moving and a privilege to represent Bromsgrove School in this way”.

On the evening of Sunday 11th November at Bromsgrove’s Routh Hall, the digitally remastered film Battle of the Somme was screened, accompanied by a sixty piece orchestra.  Prior to the screening, there was a talk by the composer Laura Rossi, who discussed the score and her approach to writing it and from Philip Bowen, former Deputy Head and author of Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19, who spoke about those pupils from Bromsgrove School who fought at the Somme and in other battles during World War One.

Peter Clague, Headmaster said “Each year, the School stands as one and gives the solemn utterance, ‘We will remember them’. Yet how hard it is to ask people to remember that of which they have had no personal experience. As we reach the centenary of the Armistice, an end to that most terrible of wars, no active participant remains alive to tell us of their trials. We are reliant on books, still photographs and oral histories to paint the pictures of that which we must not forget. Harder still, to ask young people to remember, when they live in a digital age in which books and the spoken word take a backseat to the all-engaging power of video”.

“From YouTube clips, to Blockbuster movies, today’s children expect stories to be multi-sensory, attention grabbing, a visual spectacle.  We were incredibly lucky to have had access to the remarkable footage that was screened in Routh Hall on Sunday. To be able to speak to young people in a visual language they understand, albeit in black and white, with CGI effects or stunt men, makes the film all the more compelling. To add even more potency, the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing a score written specifically for the film, draws us into the action. Seventy-five minutes without a single spoken word may seem challenging, but the remarkable musical odyssey is a fitting narrative of its own.

The War Office kept a tight rein on coverage of the First War and only allowed a camera crew to film the Somme offensive because they were confident of a comprehensive victory. How wrong they were. Despite the smiles and cheery waves of many who are recorded going into battle, the harsh reality of their surroundings and the brutality of the fighting is inescapable. We should be thankful then that in this modern audio-visual age, such a film exists, to aid us in our responsibility to ensure that when we teach young people to recite the words ‘We will remember them’, they can picture who they are calling to mind, and why”.

Following a week-long series of commemorative events, the Headmaster, Peter Clague, said:

“The School has a proud, if sombre, history of contribution and sacrifice in both World Wars. Accordingly, Remembrance Day is always a significant occasion for us.  However, in this centenary year of the 1918 Armistice, our commemorations have been especially poignant. From a field of artificial poppies, each laser engraved with the name of an Old Bromsgrovian who died in the Great War, to the screening of the powerful ‘Battle of the Somme’ film accompanied by a live orchestra, we have taken every opportunity to inform and involve our pupils in acts of remembrance. Perhaps most poignant of all were the scenes played out in various locations around the School, as a group of drama students dressed in military uniform of the day, composed visual tableaux of soldiers in various poses.  Given the average age of those who died in the First War, it made for a potent and solemn spectacle.”

 

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Celebrates Win at the Worcestershire Junior Golf Order of Merit

Keen golfer and Bromsgrove School pupil James Humphries is celebrating after winning the Worcestershire Junior (Under 18s) Golf Order of Merit after playing over 17

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rounds, commencing in the spring of 2018 whilst at Bromsgrove Preparatory School.

Year 9 pupil James only started playing golf two years ago whilst on holiday. He then began lessons at Bromsgrove Golf Course with PGA Professional Rob Laing and is now a member of Redditch Golf Club, following in the footsteps of his grandad and great uncle.

James represented Bromsgrove School at the IAPS National Championships in June at the MacDonald Hill Valley Golf Course in Shropshire and currently has a handicap of 15.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U15 cricket team who played in the ESCA/ECB National T20 finals day at the prestigious Arundel Castle cricket ground on Sunday,

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2nd September. This was the reward for a fantastic season during the summer term, culminating in winning the Regional Final at Repton School.

The U15s were not able to progress to the National Final but should be proud of making it a first for the School to qualify for finals day.

The team is looking forward to the challenge of trying to go one better in two or three years’ time in the U18s equivalent.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Musician Chosen to Represent Hereford and Worcester with the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra

A talented musician from Bromsgrove School has been selected to represent Hereford and Worcester at a week-long residential with the National Scout and Guide Symphony

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Orchestra. The orchestra, consisting of eighty young people aged 13-26 from all corners of Britain, has been preparing for two nights of concerts at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Eleanor Boardman is an oboe scholar, currently working towards Grade 6, having played for just over three years, and is working towards Grade 7 on the recorder. Eleanor who has just finished Year 8 of Bromsgrove Preparatory School was Deputy Head Chorister in the School’s Chapel Choir, as well as a key member of the orchestra, jazz band and Prep choir. In addition, she plays with the English Symphony Orchestra youth during school holidays.

The concerts which were held on 3rd and 4th August included a programme of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, a trio of Strauss numbers and Tunes from the Trenches to mark the centenary of WW1.

Eleanor is one of the youngest members of the NSGSO, is proud to have represented Hereford and Worcester and has really enjoyed this exciting, musical experience.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Sixth Form Student Plays at The Royal Albert Hall

Talented Upper Sixth musician Joshua Osborn-Patel from Bromsgrove School has been lucky enough to play at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall this summer. The musician,

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who is one of ten horn players in the National Youth Orchestra played at the BBC Proms concert held in August. The concert of orchestral masterworks included Debussy’s La Mer, Ligeti’s mesmerising Lontano and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand.

Joshua has been playing the horn since the age of 7 and has enjoyed playing in School music ensembles and the School orchestra. He is about to start his 4th year in the Worcestershire Youth Orchestra. Speaking about his experience Joshua said, “This was my first time playing in the Royal Albert Hall and it was such a rewarding experience as I’ve never played to such a full audience before. The sense of accomplishment was really fulfilling and great to share with the other Orchestra members and I hope to play in the Royal Albert Hall again soon”.

Pictured are the ten horns including Joshua on the right, along with professional horn player Sarah Willis who is part of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She came to watch the concert and came to meet the musicians backstage just before the performance.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Wins Shine Scholar Award

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Alia Derriey who has won the Most Outstanding Pupil / Shine Scholar 2018 award at the Shine Media Awards in

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London on 2nd July.

The annual competition recognises secondary schools across the UK that produce a newspaper, magazine, podcast or website. Alia’s entry was shortlisted for her work on the School’s Two Zero One magazine. Anya Butler was highly commended for her front cover artwork in the Best Illustration and Artwork category.

Annie Hotton, Shine Committee Chair 2018 said “the standard of the competition is getting higher and higher each year.”

The Shine School Media Awards is an activity of The Stationers’ Foundation, the charitable arm of The Stationers, one of the UK’s ancient Livery Companies.

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Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Wins Gold for Team GB

Natalie wins three Golds for Team GB at Biathle & Triathle European Championships

Bromsgrove School pupil Natalie Hatfield travelled to Germany on 28th July to represent

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Great Britain at the Biathle & Triathle European Championships. Natalie qualified for team GB earlier in the year at Cheltenham (Biathle) & in Dorset (Triathle). Biathle is a continuous run/swim/run event, whilst Triathle is a continuous shoot (with a laser pistol)/swim run event, repeated 4 times. Biathle & Triathle come under the umbrella of PentathlonGB.

On Saturday 28th, Natalie competed in the Triathle. Due to the shooting, Natalie was faced with having to work extra hard to make her way from the back of the pack. She managed to do so and came in a respectable 6th place, helping the GB team to a Gold medal.

Sunday 29th was the Biathle day. In the individual event, Natalie was lying in second place going into the swim, with quite a distance to make up if she was to reach first place. Natalie had an amazing swim and managed to catch and overtake the girl in first place. She then led the second run all the way, extending her lead all the time.

Natalie is absolutely thrilled to have come first and has claimed the title Under 17 European Champion. Natalie is only 14 and at the bottom of her age group, with another 18 months in the age category. GB also managed to claim the Gold team medal, increasing Natalie’s medal tally to three Golds for the weekend.

The BIathle mixed relay In the afternoon involved Natalie completing a Biathle and then handing over to her partner for him to do the same. Natalie handed over in 1st place and her partner also ran a strong race, with the pair finishing in second place overall.

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Following on from a strong set of results spanning A level, IB and BTEC qualifications released earlier in the summer, the GCSE results published today

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are amongst the very highest ever achieved by Bromsgrovians.

41.1% achieved an A*/9, the highest proportion of the top grade in the School’s history.  Five pupils gained a full sweep of straight 9s (A* equivalent), with a further seven students only dropping one grade.

At A level, just under 80% of the year group scored 144 UCAS points, equivalent to 3 As at A level. The School’s largest ever IB cohort achieved an excellent average IB score of 38.3 points (equivalent to 4A* at A level); two pupils scored 44 points and both the Heads of School scored over 40 points.

The breadth of academic offer at Bromsgrove also includes BTECs in Sports Science and Business studies. Of the 48 BTEC entries this year, students achieved 30 Distinction* and 14 Distinctions.

210 pupils in the Upper Sixth cohort achieved 56% A*/A in all exams. Most significantly, 80% secured their first choice university place, with most off to the very best universities in the world.  Just under 70% of them are destined for Russell Group universities.

Headmaster Peter Clague commented, “This year’s public examination results are especially pleasing, given that they are set against a backdrop of uncertainty around the qualification reforms.  To have set new School records under a tougher regime is testimony to the academic tradition of the School, the culture of aspiration amongst our pupils and the dedication of excellent teachers. They include not only those in the Senior School, but also those who have educated Bromsgrove’s pupils throughout the Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory Schools.  All can take credit for these exceptional results.

Given the huge commitment that Bromsgrove’s pupils make outside of the classroom, in sport, music, drama, service, CCF and DofE, their academic achievements are doubly impressive. I commend all of them on their tenacity and commitment and know that they will build on their educational successes in the years to come. We wish all our leavers every success and happiness in the future.”

Photo: GCSE pupils

 

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School dominates success at the County Tennis Championships

On Saturday 12th May, pupils from Bromsgrove School enjoyed an outstanding weekend of tennis success at the Hereford and Worcestershire LTA U14 and U16 Boys’

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and Girls’ County Doubles Tournament, held at Malvern College and Malvern St James.

In the U16 Girls’ Doubles, from a draw of ten pairs, the Bromsgrove pairing of Bobby Mekushina with Claudia Bullock won group 1 and Gemma Calthorpe with Maisie Hucker were runners up in group 2. This meant they met in the semi-final, with Bobby and Claudia winning and reaching the final. The final saw Milly and Lucy Short from King’s v Bobby and Claudia from Bromsgrove, with Bobby and Claudia winning the final 6-1. They were crowned Girls’ U16 Doubles County Champions.

In the U14 Girls’ Doubles, from a draw of nine pairs, the Bromsgrove pairing of Isabelle O’Connor with Lucy McLoughlin won group 1 and Anabel Crowder, with Isabelle Jones won group 2. Both pairs made it through to the final. Isabelle O’Conner and Lucy McLoughlin won the final 7-6 and were crowned Girls’ U14 Doubles County Champions.

In the U14 Boys’ Doubles, Bromsgrove reached the final which was Stuart Shannon with Cameron Owen v Sam Casidy and Sam Laider from The Downs, Malvern – Score 4-0

Stuart Shannon and Cameron Owen were crowned Boys’ U14 Doubles County Champions.

In the Scott Cup (Boys’ U18 Singles) from a draw of 16, three out of the four semi-finalists were players from Bromsgrove School. The final was Hans Barre-Schmidt (Malvern College) v Stuart Shannon (Bromsgrove). Stuart won 4-2, 5-3 in the final and he was crowned The Scott Cup U18 Boys’ Singles Winner.

In the Smyth Cup (Girls’ U18 Singles), from a draw of sixteen, all four semi-finalists were from Bromsgrove School. The final saw Georgie Jeynes-Cupper v Claudia Bullock who were both from Bromsgrove, with Georgie winning 4-1, 4-0 who was crowned The Smyth Cup U18 Girls’ Singles Winner.

Richard Lawton, Director of Tennis said “over the last four years, the tennis programme at Bromsgrove School has grown from strength to strength, resulting in success that has not been seen for 20 years. The School has won five out of a possible six trophies at the Hereford and Worcestershire County Championships, which is truly remarkable. We are all delighted with the fantastic performances by the pupils, especially Stuart, who not only won the U14 Doubles title but also the U18 Singles title, playing two age groups up! Congratulations to all!”

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Rowers Treated to Olympic Rowing Experience Day

Three rowing enthusiasts from Bromsgrove School were treated to an Olympic rowing experience day in Henley-on-Thames, home to the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday

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13th May. The experience was generously gifted to the School by Matthew Taylor, Foundation Trustee and Old Bromsgrovian (Walters, 1968-1973), and organised by Legacy 300 (http://www.legacy300.com/).

Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Matt Langridge gave the pupils a motivational talk about his rowing career, which was followed by a coaching session on the rowing machines by European Champion and Olympic Finalist,,Alan Sinclair.

The highlight of the day for the pupils was the chance to take to the water, rowing in three quadruple sculls with the addition of Rio 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist, Polly Swann.

Helen Popescu, boarding tutor at the School said “We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Matthew Taylor for his gift. It was a valuable experience for the pupils, whose enthusiasm for the sport was stimulated, in no small measure due to the gloriously sunny weather”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Makes Début for England Hockey U16s

Bromsgrove School pupil Siena Horton has made her début for England Hockey U16s at a three-day series of matches against U17 Ulster from 5th -7th

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May at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

England won 2-1 in their first match on Saturday 5th, and Siena was awarded Player of the Match. The following day, she was asked to captain the side. They went on to win 4-0 and again 4-1 on Monday 7th – a great result for the England side.

Siena has more training days with England throughout the months of May and June held in St Albans, and is hoping to be selected for either matches against Germany at Bisham Abbey at the end of June, or matches against Belgium in Belgium from 5-8 July. Ultimately, she is hoping to be included in the squad for the prestigious Six Nations event to be held this year in Cork, Ireland from 13-21 July.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Takes Silver at the World School Championships

Bromsgrove School swimmer Sam Osborne has taken silver in the 400m freestyle at the World School Championships in Morocco.

The ISF Gymnasiade 2018 held from 2nd

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-9th May is an Olympics for young people, organised by the International School Sport Federation whose motto is “Education through sport”.

Four thousand competitors from more than sixty countries competed in the 17th Gymnasiade and fourteen sports were represented.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Current Bromsgrove Student Named in England's 31-man Training Squad

Congratulations to current Bromsgrove School pupil Ollie Lawrence who was named in England’s 31-man Training Squad to train in Brighton w/c 14th May ahead of

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the England’s Quilter Cup match v Barbarians on 27th May in Twickenham.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Set to Represent England at Wadokai Karate World Championships

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s Freddie Draycott who will represent England in the Wadokai Karate World Championships in the UK in August. This will be the

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first time that the Championships have taken place outside Japan.

Freddie began training with Kombat Kids at the age of five. His training still takes place at his home club in Barnt Green. He now trains an additional three times a week in Walsall.

Freddie has competed at three European Championships held in Reading, Bruges and Sardinia respectively, winning a total of three Gold, four Silver and three Bronze medals.

There will be 650 athletes competing at the Championships from around the world, including a huge squad from Japan and North America.

Freddie is one of the few athletes selected to compete in both Kata and Kumite.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Professional Trumpeter gives Masterclass to Bromsgrove Brass Players

On Friday 11th May, brass players at Bromsgrove School were treated to a masterclass by professional trumpeter, James Thompson.

James was finishing three months of workshops

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around Europe before returning home to America where he is a Professor of trumpet at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He came to this position after having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

James McKelvey, Director of Music said “James worked with the Brass Group and four trumpeters; each of them worked hard to develop the new suggestions he’d made. We are indebted to James for his time and energy”.

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