Peter Gane

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Wind, Brass & Percussion


Peter Gane, born in Poole, Dorset in 1948, is one of Britain’s leading brass specialists. At the age of 16 he won an open scholarship to study the trombone at the Royal Manchester College of Music and at the age of 19 he became a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. A founder and former president of the British Trombone Association with many publications to his credit, Peter has earned particular recognition for his work with young people. He has a long-standing association with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra where he has been professor of trombone since 1977 and 1984 respectively. In 2009 Peter was acting director of the National Youth Orchestra for the summer course, Aldeburgh Festival, Royal Albert Hall prom and for the subsequent entrance auditions. As a teacher, brass specialist and conductor he has taken masterclasses and workshops in many European conservatoires and with professional groups in Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Holland, Austria, Italy and the US. In 1996 his international reputation was confirmed by the presentation of the Neill Humfeld Award for excellence in trombone teaching by the International Trombone Association. 

He became a professor at the Guildhall School in 1971, was elected a Fellow of the School in 1981 and was Head of the Wind, Brass and Percussion department from 1988 to 2008. He still contributes to the specialist brass and wind programmes at the Guildhall and remains a professor the department. He is Artistic Adviser to the Combret Music Festival, Aveyron, France. 

Peter's recent publications include: The Good Brass Guide, Trombone Books 1 & 2, published by Trinity Guildhall; Circuit Training for Trombone, volumes 1 and 2Slide Systems, Five Games, Guildhall 125, World in Motion, Mansion House Fanfare, all published by Warwick Music; How Trombonists Do It, published by Brass Wind; Brass Medals, published by the Associated Board.