The English Trombone Consort was formed in January 2014 by four highly experienced professional trombone players from the Midlands. Between them they have well over 100 years of professional performing experience, both in the UK and abroad, as soloists, orchestral players and with various chamber ensembles. The vast and diverse performing experiences of each of the four players brings together a mature and stylistic approach to the ensemble's equally diverse repertoire.
Adrian divides his time between playing the trombone (often for shows and with orchestras), teaching children how to play brass instruments, conducting (for Birmingham Schools' Wind Orchestra) and composing/arranging music (some of which has been published by Warwick Music). He is also a committee member of the British Trombone Society and has worked as trombone syllabus selector for the ABRSM. He recently wrote two trombone study books (Simple Studies on Trombone Technique and Melodic Studies on Trombone Technique) and a brass tutor (Just Play...Brass Book 1 and 2) but mostly writes arrangements for the wind orchestra he conducts. He studied music at the University of Birmingham and orchestral work included two years with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.
Kevin was born in Notinghamshire Uk and studied at The Birmingham School of Music (now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) from 1980 to 1984. After graduating from college he enjoyed a successful period as a freelance trombone player in the West Midlands, performing with orchestras such as the CBSO and teaching for the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. Kevin performed regularly during this time with the Cambrian Brass Quintet featuring in concerts both in the uK and abroad and in broadcasts on BBC radio, he was also a member of the Heart of England Brass Ensemble. In 1990, Kevin was appointed Trombonist with the Royal Shakespeare Company a postion that he held until 2017. Kevin is currently enjoying working as a freelance trombonist with a number of Orchestras and also teaching in both state and independent sector schools.
Bob studied Bass trombone at Birmingham Conservatoire where he won the brass prize in his final year. A Post graduate year was spent at Goldsmiths College London where he gained a distinction in Orchestral studies. His professional career has involved working with many of the UK's major orchestral, opera and ballet companies .He has made numerous recordings for both the BBC and commercial studios. Extensive work in London’s west end has also been complimented by periods touring abroad in North America, Europe and Africa.
Prior to being appointed Principal Trombonist of England’s City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Sir Simon Rattle 1982 Ken Shifrin was Principal Trombone in the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony. Since 1994 he has been the artistic director of the baroque ensemble Posaune Voce Trio. Much in demand as a guest soloist, he has appeared with the U.S. Army’s Orchestra and Band, the Florida Sinfonia, at the Smetana Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and the London Barbican, as well as presenting recitals in Vienna, Prague, Budapest,Bratislava, Kiev, Oxford and Washington, D.C. With a PhD in musicology from Oxford University, Shifrin was the recipient of the Oxford University Press Music & Letters Award, as well as being named the Halstead Scholar. In 2005 Dr Shifrin was appointed a Magistrate Judge for England & Wales.