Amy Ewen

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Baritone Horn

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Amy Ewen (B.1998) is from Hampshire and entered the world of brass at the age of 8. She was heavily involved in Hampshire Music Service, being a member of both the County and Area Brass Bands. In 2015, she was awarded the George Hellar Musician's Scholarship for performance, alongside representing her county as a Hampshire Music Hub Scholar. This led her to study the Baritone Horn at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2016, under the tutorage of Matthew White and Philippe Shwartz. She is currently the solo baritone player for the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band, following her tenure with Yorkshire rivals, Grimethorpe Colliery Band. She performs in prestigious venues such as Symphony Hall, Royal Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and is most recently heard on the BBC Children in Need charity album 'Got it Covered'. Amy appeared as a guest soloist alongside Peter Moore and Philip Cobb at the Great Birmingham Brass Festival 2020, where she performed Peter Graham's 'Concerto for Baritone'.

Amy is the founding member of tuba quartet, When Tuba Come One - current holders of the ITEA Ensemble Competition 2019 title, Bernard Brown Brass Ensemble Prize 2020 and Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize 2020. Amy also enjoys performing her baritone across other genres, such as: orchestral pop with Ollie West & the Wildflowers and also in Birmingham Opera Company's 2019 production of 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk' with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Together with performing, Amy is enthusiastic about arts administration and management. She has gained work experience and freelanced in many prestigious UK orchestras and organisations, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Isobel Griffiths Ltd and BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. She is currently Amos Miller's student assistant, and also holds the responsibilities of the Department Administration Assistant for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Administration Department.
 
In September 2020 Amy will study Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. The baritone horn is an incredibly under-represented instrument in the musical world and Amy believes that she can make an impact with the right opportunities and teaching available at the RNCM. She is looking forward to developing the knowledge and experience necessary to promote an instrument which many people may not have heard of before - which would not be possible without the generous support of Help Musicians.
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