Solo Trombone – Chris Gomersall
Chris started playing in the Salvation Army and Westoe Colliery Band aged seven. By the age of twelve he had joined the Newcastle Brown Ale Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, winning the first of three Katie Ogden Trombone solo awards. Chris was appointed Principal Trombone in the NYBBGB aged 14.
Chris won the British Open under 16s slow melody contest aged 15, was British Open Trombone Solo Champion and Warwick music/the Valve National Trombone competition winner aged 16.
He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music alongside an Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Scholarship and commenced studies at 18 studying with Ian Bousfield, Denis Wick, Dudley Bright, Bob Hughes and the then head of Brass, the late Jim Watson.
Chris was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in his first year at the RAM. He played Principal Trombone in all of the college’s Orchestras, Ensembles, Brass Groups and Trombone Choir.
He played and recorded for Orchestras and Ensembles outside of the RAM, including the Britten Sinfonia, English Brass Ensemble and appearing as a Concerto Soloist with the Northern Sinfonia.
Upon returning to the North East, Chris commenced teaching at Newcastle University and returned to Brass Banding joining Yorkshire rivals the Brighouse and Rastrick Band where he won two Yorkshire Area titles and two National titles. Added to this, Chris also won the ‘Best Soloist’ award at the Yorkshire regionals of 2011 for his playing in Philip Wilby’s ‘Paganini Variations’.
Chris was absolutely delighted to join the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band. It fulfilled a childhood ambition to join the band after seeing Grimethorpe perform in the Gala concert of the old Mineworkers contest that was held in Blackpool after playing with Westoe.
Chris is looking forward to a long and successful tenure with Grimethorpe and hopes to bring some contesting ‘luck’ back to the band.