Author: Chris Fower

As an undergraduate Chris studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music and then became a member of the Advanced Studies, post-graduate performers course at the Royal Academy of Music and Principal Bass Trombone with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He then spent 25 years as a busy freelance performer based in both London and the North of England working with a wide variety of ensembles and artists, including being a member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The British Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Shirley Bassey’s Orchestra and the Creative Jazz Orchestra.

Alongside this Chris has worked extensively in all areas of music education, latterly as a leading deliverer and trainer in informal, large group practice. This included roles as Leader in Wider Opportunities at Hertfordshire Music Service, Leader of Instrumental Development for Derbyshire City and County Music Partnership and as a face to face trainer on the Trinity Guildhall/Open University “Whole Class Instrumental Learning” national training program.

He became a key member of the team that created pBone, the plastic trombone in 2011/12 and has been involved with Warwick Music Group in various roles since then. Chris is currently Director of Creativity and Innovation for the company, a role which includes overseeing product development and improvement, quality and education.

Blog posts by Chris Fower

Getting back into playing the trumpet

In this series of 10 videos, trumpet player and teacher Grant Golding uses his experience of rebuilding his playing after a serious injury to help trumpet players return to playing.

The new model music curriculum . . . thoughts and reflections

The new model music curriculum has been launched by the DfE for schools in England.

My five tips for the safest way to play brass in COVID

In this Vlog I run through my five top tips for safer brass playing during COVID.

Post horn Gallop and the pBugle

In this Vlog from Grant Golding, Grant walks us through using the famous Post Horn Gallop.

Safely playing our instruments back at school

Now that we are returning to work, play and education, it feels good to be on the pathway back to the resumption of a more normal education generally and brass playing specifically. However, Covid is still here and we must remain vigilant as restrictions are slowly lifted. A key[...]

I listened to the latest Music Teachers Association Podcast...so inspiring and informative!

One thing that lockdown 3.0 is giving me is the chance to start engaging with content that I've been aware of but never previously put the time aside to properly absorb.

NAMM 2021: Believe in Music

Every January the world's music industry comes together in the glorious trade show/conference that is NAMM. We at Warwick Music have been attending NAMM from the first year of pBone in one way or another and it has become part of our annual pattern of work...until 2021!

Brass learning lives, what can we do to help?

    As Covid has tightened its grip on what is normal in UK society yet again during “lockdown 3.0”, of all the instrument families, brass playing has found this new normal particularly challenging. A variety of reports have not achieved a clarity about what is best practice for[...]

How Do Trumpet Players make and Change Notes?

An expert brass player makes changing notes sound and look so simple but when you pick up your instrument as a beginner things can feel very different and quite confusing...so how do trumpet players do it?

Why is the pBugle in Bb?

We have received quite a few enquiries about our choice of key for the pBugle so I thought I’d sit down and write a few words to share my thoughts on the subject.