Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan Clarke BMUS PGDIP ARAM


Natural Trumpet - German Rotary Trumpet - Piccolo Trumpet - Cornet - Flugel Horn

Telephone : +447956581217


Nationality: British - Date of Birth: 14/10/1977



Positions Held:

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra - Principal (2003-2010)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra - Principal (2001-02)
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts- Trumpet Professor (2003-2010)

 Freelance: Principal and Section

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra*
Royal Scottish National Orchestra*
Halle Orchestra*
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra*
Welsh National Opera
London Mozart Players
RTE National Orchestra of Ireland
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Ballet Rambert
Scottish Opera*
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Bath Philharmonia
Milton Keynes City Orchestra
London Concert Orchestra
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
West Australian Symphony Orchestra*
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Netherlands Opera
Orkest Van Het Oosten

 *=includes trial periods

 Section only

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC Concert Orchestra
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

London Telefilmonic Orchestra Levine Andrade
West One Music Group
Suppe Overtures, RSNO, Neemi Jarvie*
Music of John Ireland, Halle Orchestra, John Wilson*
HKPO Live, Mahler Symphonies 4 and 6, Edo De Waart*
Beethoven, Mendelssohn. RPO,*
Music by Stephen McNeff, Bournemouth Symphony*
Mark A Turnage. Rambert Orchestra*

*= Principal

West End

Les Miserables
Top Hat


Shostakovitch Piano Concerto 1*: 3 performances
Samuel Wong: Warren Lee.  David Atherton: Martin Roscoe*
Great Mountains Music Festival, Sejong Soloists:  Lise De La Salle

Telemann Concerto in D*
Neruda Concerto in Eb*
Handel: Let the Bright Seraphin*

Arutunian Trumpet Concerto  -  Rhondda Symphony Orchestra
Alfred Reed Trumpet Concerto- Hong Kong Symphonic Youth Wind Band
La Virgin De Macrena --HK wind Band festival

Hadyn Trumpet Concerto in Eb : 2 performances: 
Trinity College of Music Chamber Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

RTHK, (Hong Kong Radio) - Solo Recital Broadcast
International Trumpet Guild, Bangkok - Guest Soloist

*=with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra


Associate of the Royal Academy of Music- 2013


Royal Academy of Music – PGDip (2000-01)
Trinity College of Music – BMus (1996-2000)

Robert Farley (Modern & Natural Trumpet) ◦ Ian Balmain ◦ James Watson ◦ Mark David

Educational Work:

Current Positions

Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Trumpet Teacher and Brass Coach

Buckinghamshire Music Trust
Roman Fields Special Needs School
Private Students

As a passionate educator I have worked extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with musicians of all levels and ages. 
My approach is to always focus on the enjoyment of musical performance, and how one can positively harness the energy it creates. 
Essentially all performers of all levels are seeking a basic enjoyable structure they can enjoy and trust. 
This then allows them to flourish, perform and express themselves
Once you have discovered what ignites a person’s passion for music, anything can be achieved, whether it is the theme tune to “Wallace and Gromit” or Mahler’s 6th Symphony. Once the energy is felt, it can be used.

Teaching Positions Held

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts- Trumpet Professor 2003-2010

Here I had on average a total of 10 students at any period, mostly 3 per year including degree and postgraduate level.
My role included giving individual lessons, preparation for mid-year Orchestral Excerpt Exams and end of year Solo recitals.  I also partook in mentoring and guiding students through studies, writing reports, reviewing performances and preparing the student for all aspects of performance.
In some cases students would require embouchure changes, and a back to basics approach.
A process of rebuilding physically and mentally was needed, creating a structured and enjoyable learning program.
I grouped the learning into sections.
Warm Ups, Technique, Studies, Solos, Orchestral and Commercial Repertoire, Sight Reading, and general performing.
I also hosted weekly  ull brass and trumpet classes.  This would include Orchestral repertoire, Brass Ensembles, Audition techniques, Mock Auditions, Interview Techniques, Communication.
Hong Kong Chinese University 2003-2010

18+ degree and postgraduate level, individual lessons
Here I taught 3 students and the role was essentially the same as Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, but with no group classes.
Hong Kong Baptist University 2003-2010
18+ degree and postgraduate level, individual lessons
Here I taught 2 students and the role was essentially the same as Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, but with no group classes.

Private Students 2001-Current

I teach a broad range of musicians of all ages from complete beginners through to “comeback” players, who are revisiting their learning as children.
The Majority of my work is with students 11-18 who are preparing ABRSM grades 3-8.
I also have written a calming method to help performers of all levels obtain their absolute. It’s a simplistic child like discussion which enables a person to connect with their basic emotions, and embrace the energy of performing.

Roman Fields School-Hertfordshire (Current)

Here I teach a special needs student called George Brown.  We work on ways for him to embrace music, without it overloading him. As he possesses the ability to be remarkably concise we are able to work intensely on a piece of music, and search for the true ethos intended behind it. 
Royal Airforce 

Teaching high level members of the RAF central band as part of their "Continued professional Developement" program whereby they perform a solo recital of degree level works. 

Freelance Educational Work:
Trinity College of Music

Several master classes, brass classes. 2008-present
Classes given to large groups, masterclass style on various themes including: Solo Performing, audition techniques, Orchestral Repertoire and Baroque repertoire on the Piccolo Trumpet.
Hertfordshire Youth Wind Orchestra: Trumpet Tutor, July 2013-14

Preparing the concert repertoire with the trumpet section, discussing all aspects of trumpet playing music making and performance.  Observing larger full rehearsals whilst mentoring and guiding.
Slipakorn University- Bangkok

I was brought in as a problem solving clinician discussing ways to overcome performance anxiety, and trusting basic technique. 
This included discussing the music, finding its shape and direction, considering calming methods and building a structure we can trust in a pleasurable way.
Hong Kong International School- Regular guest tutor and ensemble coach 2003-2010

Age groups 11-18.  Trumpet coach, and conducting full brass rehearsals in preparation for annual concerts.
Hong Kong International Wind Band Festival – Guest tutor and soloist
Coaching Trumpets and conducting full brass. Explaining the art of performing, and demonstrating as a guest soloist in Rafael Mendez “The Virgin of Macrena”
Hong Kong Philharmonic Brass Quintet-School Educational visits: 2003-2010

Our remit was to perform a series of concerts each season, at various Schools throughout Hong Kong.
The program would include repertoire from Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Modern and Jazz.
The children were engaged and interacted into performances by being given musical roles such as; clapping rhythms, singing, shouting and conducting.
Also we delivered a demonstration and explanation of the development of the brass instruments from its basic origins such as the use of animal “horn” for hunting whereby a sound can be created on any length of tube by sending a vibration through it.
A piece would then be performed with the brass quintet on a length of hose pipe with a mouthpiece in one end demonstrating the science behind the sound.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Trumpet Masterclass series: 2003-2010

This was offered as an insight into the world of an Orchestral musician and gave high level brass players a chance to test the pieces they were working on in front of a live audience and to obtain feedback from a professional musician.  The age range was normally 16-24.





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