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Will Hall

Will began playing the trombone at the age of 13 and quickly progressed through Northamptonshire Music School’s award-winning county ensembles. His studies took him to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he gained a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction under the tutelage of Chris Mowat. He performed as principal trombone with all the college ensembles, including a solo performance of Berlioz’s Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale with the College Wind Band.

He was a regular prize winner, and his accolades include the Richard Clarkson Memorial Prize for the best all-around musician at RWCMD, the Linda Mowat postgraduate brass prize, and the EMI Sound Foundation bursary for postgraduate study. He was also awarded the position of Graduate assistant to the head of brass.

Will was later awarded the South Square Trust award to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with distinction, studying under Dennis Wick, Ian Bousfield, and Dudley Bright. He also played with the National Youth Wind Band of Great Britain and participated in the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme.

Will plays both tenor and alto trombone and has performed with The British Sinfonietta, Orchestra De Cymru, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, English Concertante, WNO, The Bernardi Ensemble, The Auralian Ensemble, and The UK Brass Collective. He has played for numerous musicals and recorded many sessions, including for BBC Radio 2, 3, and 4, ITV, and S4C television. He has performed at the Royal Variety Shows featuring Neil Diamond and McFly. He has also worked as Deputy Orchestral Manager for Milton Keynes City Orchestra and organises ensembles for university ceremonies and corporate events.

Will started playing with The Bristol Ensemble in 2008 when he moved to North Somerset. He lives in Portishead near Bristol with his viola-playing wife and two young children.