Alan Thomas

Welcoming Alan Thomas as our Principal Trumpet

Alan is a former Principal Trumpet of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing under Conductors Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelson’s. He is also a member of two of the countries leading brass chamber groups in Onyx Brass and Septura Brass Septet.

He is a Trumpet Professor at the Royal College of Music and Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also a trumpet tutor to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 

During his studies Alan was Principal of the European Union Youth Orchestra and a winner of the Shell/LSO Scholarship where he performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the LSO in the final at The Barbican. 

During the Covid Pandemic Alan joined Royal Air Force Music Services and is currently Principal Trumpet of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. During this time he’s been part of the State Funerals of HM Queen Elizabeth and HM Duke of Edinburgh, The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and was in the RAF Fanfare Team in Westminster Abbey for The Coronation of King Charles III. 

In any spare time Alan loves keeping fit, running and cycling, being outdoors and spending time with his very patient wife Amy (a viola player in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and three sons.