Future concerts

About the soloist

Joe Arkwright was born in Marlborough in 1996 and, after attending Pinewood Prep School where he was Head Chorister, he was offered a Music Scholarship at Marlborough College, with trombone as his principal study. From the age of eleven, he was taught by Dr Mike Lomas who guided him to a Distinction in his ATCL at the age of 16, alongside nurturing him to become the Principal Trombone of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Currently, Joe is in his 3rd year of 4 on the BMus course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, studying the trombone full time with Donal Bannister (Principal trombone of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales) as well as sackbut with Emily White. Recent performances include reaching the semi-final of the RWCMD Concerto Competition, performing at Dame Shirley Bassey’s 80th Birthday Celebration and appearing as a finalist in the Philip Jones Brass Prize. He also appears regularly as Principal Trombone of the RWCMD Brass Band as well as numerous concerts with the colleges’ Symphony Orchestra in St. David’s Hall.

Outside of education, Joe performs regularly as a chamber musician, participating on tours to New York, Germany and Paris as well as having played in some of the finest concert venues in the UK and Europe. These include Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Notre Dame, Kensington Palace, Saint-Eustache, St. Pauls Cathedral, Royal Overseas League and Windsor Castle.

Away from music, Joe plays Cricket, Hockey and Golf to a high level and is also a keen Blackburn Rovers Football Club supporter. Joe plays a very rare and much sought after Conn Elkhart built in the 1960s with recent refurbishments completed by Michael Rath.


Saturday 30 June 2018 @ 7.30
St Mary’s Church, Marlborough


Smetana                        Vlatava
Bizet                                L’Arlesienne Suites No. 1 (a selection)
Bizet                                L’Arlesienne Suites No. 2 (a selection)
Schumann                     3rd Symphony (Rhenish)