Ewan Easton MBE
Professor of Tuba
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Ewan Easton has been a professional performer since 1983. He started playing with his local brass band, Brighouse and Rastrick, where he remained for three years as a student. At the age of 22, when still a student at the RNCM, Ewan won the Principal Tuba positon with the Ulster Orchestra where he spent 18 years. During his time with the Ulster Orchestra, Ewan’s love of teaching and learning developed as an active member of the teaching and outreach programme. Since May 2001 he has been Principal Tuba with the Hallé Orchestra where he continues to play an active role in the education outreach programme.
Throughout his career Ewan has recorded most of the solo tuba repertoire for the BBC, including the premiere of Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto in the arrangement for Tuba and orchestra, and the European recording premiere of the John Williams Tuba Concerto. He has also performed with most of the major orchestras in the UK including the LSO, the Philharmonia, RLPO, BBC Philharmonic, LPO, RPO, COE, BBCSO and the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square.
Ewan is a highly committed teacher and has taught at all levels; primary, secondary and tertiary. He has run performance workshops and masterclasses at Conservatoires, Youth Orchestras and schools throughout Britain and Ireland to a diverse audience with ages ranging from seven to 70.
He also works as a conductor and has conducted Wingates Band, Besses o’ th’ Barn and has been the musical director of the City of Chester Band since 2016. His work with the NYOGB has been steadily growing, especially with the formation of the NYO ‘Inspire’ Orchestra where Ewan has been course leader at least once each year. He is also heavily involved as a trustee with the NYBBGB.
In spring 2004, and with the backing of the Hallé, Ewan created an award-winning project called ‘Hallé4brass’ at Thorn Cross YOI, offering those students the opportunity to learn to read and play music as well as perform alongside some of Britain’s top classical musicians. This is an ongoing project about which Ewan is extremely passionate and has had excellent results since its inception.