Professional Development Programme


LCO’s Professional Development Programme allows student musicians from London’s top conservatoires the opportunity to lead an orchestral section for a minimum of one term, with valuable guidance from the conductor and the team. Aspiring international players learn the art of shaping and leading a section through rehearsals and concerts, with a variety of challenging repertoire and the support of high calibre colleagues. Prospective applicants should contact Amanda (Members Manager) at


Students on the Professional Development Programme for 2019 are:


Jan - Trombone

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Jan is a bass trombone player from the Hague in the Netherlands. He started playing the piano at age 4 and the trombone aged 7, and upon joining a local dutch brassband, switched to the bass trombone aged 12. Upon graduating from the International School of the Hague in 2018, he moved to London to study the bass trombone at the Royal Academy of Music with Bob Hughes. Jan enjoys playing a wide variety of music, therefore is also experienced in bigband and pit orchestra playing. Jan’s plans for the future are to finish his degree and become a successful orchestral/chamber/session bass trombonist.

Emily - Trombone

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Emily was born in Portsmouth where she began learning the tenor trombone at the age of ten, playing predominantly in local windbands. After achieving her Dip ABRSM and completing her A-levels, she moved to London. Now in her third year of study at the Royal Academy of Music, she studies trombone with Ian Bousfield and Dudley Bright, and sackbut with Adam Woolf. During her time at the Academy, she has benefitted from the opportunity of working with many distinguished musicians including Marin Alsop and Robert Trevino, as well as with leading trombone players Jorgen van Rijen, Gordon Campbell and Mark Templeton. Passionate about music education, Emily enjoys teaching and is currently working towards her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma, and has taken an active role in workshop delivery in local primary schools. The Mark Elliott Scholarship and the Harold Nash Award have provided generous support, for which she is most grateful. Outside of music Emily is an enthusiastic climber, and enjoys discovering new recipes to add to her growing collection.