Joel Ashford is a fourth-year undergraduate student of Jeffrey Bryant and Simon Rayner at the Royal College of Music, London, where he holds ABRSM and RCM Foundation Scholarships. In his time so far at the RCM, he appeared as principal horn of both their Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, won the 2018 Horn Prize and was awarded the ABRSM’s Macklin Bursary. In 2017/18, he studied in the class of Radovan Vlatković at the Mozarteum Salzburg, as a grateful recipient of an EU Erasmus grant. Prior to this, he was a student of Sue Dent at the RCM’s Junior Department where he won numerous prizes and competitions, including the final year Esther Coleman Prize for outstanding contribution. He was principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of GB from 2012-2014, having been appointed at just 14, and was a member of the 2016 European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom he played under Bernard Haitink.
His professional engagements to date include concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as guest principal with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Spira Mirabilis. He has also been the soloist in Mozart’s 4th Horn concerto with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra. He has been a concerto soloist numerous times, playing works such as Strauss’ 1st and 2nd Concertos, Glière’s Concerto, Mozart’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th Concertos and Schumann’s Konzertstück (as 1st Solo Horn), and has also given recitals in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and in Beaumaris, as part of the Beaumaris International Arts Festival.
In Autumn 2019 Joel will continue his studies at the RCM, as a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder.