Welcome to the Orchestra, James and Laura!

We are very excited to welcome two new players to the Orchestra, James Fountain as Joint Principal Trumpet, and Laura Murphy who will join the Double Bass section.

James Fountain - Joint Principal Trumpet

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of James Fountain as the Orchestra’s Joint Principal Trumpet from February 2020, alongside current Principal Paul Beniston. James joins us from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was appointed Principal Trumpet in 2015 at the age of 20, while still a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. With a musical pedigree in the brass band world, he held Principal Cornet positions in the National Youth Brass Band, the GUS Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, all before the age of 18. James is a member of the highly acclaimed brass group ‘Septura’, and is also a Professor of Trumpet at the Royal College of Music.

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Laura Murphy - Double Bass

In February Laura Murphy joins the Orchestra’s Double Bass section. Laura will be a familiar face to many, having played with the Orchestra as an extra for several years. Originally from Wrexham, she studied with Richard Lewis of the LPO, Thomas Millar (CBSO), and later Kevin Rundell (LPO) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Laura subsequently enjoyed a year in Southbank Sinfonia, and went on to participate in the Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Scheme.

She enjoyed a successful freelance career before becoming a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.

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