Conductor Laureate – John Hutchins

JOHN HUTCHINS has enjoyed connections with the band for some time and was appointed conductor in 2003.

John Hutchins

Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class honours degree, John is enjoying a career as a freelance trumpeter. He has performed with orchestras such as the Royal Opera House Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the English National Opera orchestra, and can currently be found performing in Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End. John is also a keen exponent of Baroque music specialising on the natural trumpet (without valves).

John performs and records with some of the world’s finest Baroque ensembles including The Kings Consort, The Sixteen, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band, the New York Collegium and the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra.

Brass coaching features highly in John’s career, encompassing work as far afield as the Vietnamese Symphony Orchestra and Wells International School of Music and Trinity College of Music. He has also contributed to various brass publications and co-written a study book for trumpet. He is Professor of Baroque Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music.

After more than 8 years of leading our band to new heights of achievement and challenging us with new musical direction and performance opportunities, we were all sad to hear that John has decided that 2011 will be his last as our Conductor.

As the band searches for someone to take his place (tough boots to fill to say the least,) we are delighted to announce that John has agreed to continue his long association with us by accepting the position of Conductor Laureate. In this role, and alongside our Honorary Patrons, John will continue to promote and support Eynsford Concert Band, as well as making occasional appearances in front of the band at rehearsals, and perhaps the odd concert in the future.

We are sure that you would like to join us in congratulating John on this appointment and in wishing him great successes for the future.