Head of Woodwind, Brass & Percussion - Alex Arkwright

Music Department

Alex Arkwright was brought up in Blackburn, Lancashire and read music at Huddersfield and Leeds Universities. As a first study trumpeter and second study conductor he had lessons with Alan Stringer (RLPO), David James (BBCSSO) and the legendary Philip Jones. After a time freelancing and teaching at Oakham School he took up the post of Area Manager with Kirklees Music Service. Ensembles he directed during this period won a number of awards at the National Festival of Music For Youth and the Boosey and Hawkes National Concert Band Festival culminating in two performances at the Schools’ Prom in London.

In 1995 he was appointed Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at Marlborough College. As a conductor Alex has performed all over the world from the Far East to South Africa and up to Scandinavia in the Royal Albert Hall, the Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, encompassing a broad range of musical genres including classical, jazz, pop and film music.

In addition to teaching at Marlborough, Alex is also Principal Trumpet with the North Wiltshire Orchestra with whom he has performed the Neruda Trumpet Concerto and forthcoming engagements include a performance of the Arutunian Concerto. He is Guest Conductor with Aldbourne Band (Championship Section) and is the Musical Director of the IAPS National Concert Band and Senior Brass Tutor to the National Training Band.