Nick Etheridge

Nick studied at Trinity College of Music London, and has been a professional performer for thirteen years. His interest in music began when as a ten year old he began to play comet in a local concert band in Ramsgate, Kent, but loved the sound of the low sounding instruments and soon moved to the tuba.

As Nick progressed he received invaluable tuition and encouragement from the famous tuba performer and composer, Philip Bramwell Catelinet , and with his help became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in Tuba Performance while still a school boy, and later helping him to win a place at Trinity College London for further study, Phil continued to offer support and sage advice until his death in 1995.

Trinity College was a productive time and four years study with George Wall (Tuba, Royal Opera House Covent Garden) led to several solo prizes, concerto performances, and winning the position of Principle tuba with the Athens State Orchestra, Greece. Nick's love of traveling began while on musical tours around the Greek Islands with the orchestra. Life in Athens kept him busy as orchestral musician, session player and soloist, including works by New Greek composers, in this musically vibrant city.

After several years in Greece Nick returned to London for further study becoming a
Fellow of Trinity College in 1996, before exploring the world with both orchestral and
chamber ensembles In the course of his travels he has worked with orchestras in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, South Africa, Istanbul, and the Philharmonia der Nationen, based in Germany with whom he has performed over one thousand concerts in 30 countries, their busy schedule involving up to fifty flights per year! Highlights include performances in the jungles of Cambodia and Thailand, for Pope John Paul II in Italy, on the Great Wall of China, and recently at the Live8 rock concert in Paris.
Nick is now back living in South London, and has been working with some of the UK's most prestigious ensembles including Royal Opera & Ballet Covent Garden, London Mozart Players, London Brass, and the English Brass Ensemble.

As well as professional demands. Nick has been a committed member of the famous
Desford Colliery Brass Band , and has led the tuba section as principle E flat bass for nine years, in concerts .contests and tours abroad, enjoying both the playing and
educational programme of the band, as well performing as soloist.

This year sees the release of Nick's second solo CD as part of his " Tubagility " project. He is active commissioning works and arrangements for new instrumental ensembles with tuba. This recording features contributions from over 40 of London's finest young musicians. A tuba solo has often be perceived as one of two extremes, from plodding banality to a meaningless technical exhibition. Tubagility with the emphasis on strong musical substance and instrumental diversity hopes to redress this balance, and appeal to a new and broader audience.

 

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