Trombone Day

Join us for an inspiring day of learning with two of the country’s leading trombone players: RNCM tutors Katy Jones and Christian Jones.

Designed for enthusiastic players of ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent, participants will benefit from masterclasses and tuition, covering areas such as performance, technique and ensemble work. You’ll also receive advice on preparing for auditions and performances before taking part in an informal concert for family and friends.

Exceptional Learning Opportunities

This day is distinctive in relation to the quality of coaching provided by players and teachers who’ve reached the highest levels of performance and education in the music industry. It aims to develop in each musician the importance of a whole mind and body approach to communicating music through their instrument.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • A student preparing for conservatoire entrance auditions
  • A music education student planning a career in a performance setting or postgraduate study
  • A music enthusiast wishing to enhance their musical experience by working with the RNCM as part of a professional development experience

Learn From and Work With Highly Experienced Musicians

You’ll be taught by tutors from the RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion:

Katy Jones
Senior Tutor in Trombone

Katy Jones has been Principal Trombone of the Hallé Orchestra since 2012, having previously been the first female in a Principal position in the brass section of the London Symphony Orchestra. Her additional roles as Senior Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, and coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain allow her to develop her love of teaching. She is also a member of the chamber ensembles Fine Arts Brass and Hallé Brass. Katy is a regular Guest Soloist at Brass Festivals, including the Arctic Trombone Festival, Dublin Brass Week and the Positively Brass Symposium in Trossingen. In 2019 she performed the world premiere of a Concerto (The Madonna of Silence) with the Hallé, written for her by John Casken, and recorded by BBC Radio 3. Future plans include a performance of a piece by Manchester composer Gary Carpenter with Psaphha for trombone and string quintet. Having a Masters of Pharmacy degree, Katy has maintained an active interest in health education and injury prevention throughout her career. She has recently been collaborating with health professionals in order to help directly improve education in this subject at RNCM.

Christian Jones
Tutor in Bass Trombone
Appointed RNCM Bass Trombone Tutor in 2015, Christian also coaches regularly with the Brass Academy and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He takes a keen interest in promoting the trombone globally and served as President of the British Trombone Society 2013-15, appearing as the mystery guest on Chris Evans’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show before 9.8 million listeners. Recent solo appearances include Dublin Brass Week 2015, Arctic Trombone Festival 2016, Glasgow Trombone Week 2017, Hungarian Trombone Bootcamp 2018, and the 2019 Slide Factory (Rotterdam) and Gravissimo Festival (Portugal).

Example Programme:

Time Activity
10 – 10.30am Registration
10.30 – 11.45am Masterclasses and tuition including performance, technique and ensemble classes
11.45 – 12pm Break
12 – 1pm Advice on preparing for auditions and performances
1 – 2pm Break
2 – 4pm Tuition including Q&A session with staff and students
4 – 5pm Informal concert for parents/friends to attend
5 – 5.45pm Optional: tour of the College

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of this one-day event is £30, which includes all tuition.


Attendees should have achieved Grade 6+ (or equivalent). Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I Apply?

Covid-19 stopped our 2020 Instrument Days from taking place but we hope to be back soon. Please revisit this page for information about future events.


COVID-19 Update: Our venues have reopened to the public and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back this Autumn. Before attending an event at the RNCM, please read our Audience Protocol…