Gwyn Owen

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London based trumpeter, Originally from Bangor, North Wales.

Originally from Bangor - North Wales, Gwyn started playing the cornet at the age of eight. He grew up playing in the local brass band tradition with the Menai Bridge and Beaumaris Bands, the Gwynedd & Mon County Youth Ensembles, later joining and becoming principal cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. After receiving initial trumpet lessons from Rhys Owens (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), he auditioned and accepted a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Following five years of study there, he has now graduated with a First Class Honours Masters degree. Gwyn appeared frequently with the Academy Symphony Orchestra during his time there, most prominently as principal trumpet at the Royal Festival Hall on Remembrance Day 2014 playing Britten’s War Requiem. Previously, he had been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for five years, the last two as Principal Trumpet. As well as being Co-Principal Trumpet in the 2017 Southbank Sinfonia based in London, over the past three years he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Aside from orchestral playing, Gwyn is often in demand as a recital soloist, and has won Brass Solo competitions on several occasions at the National Eisteddfod of Wales - in 2016 he was awarded the Eisteddfod’s Blue Riband Instrumental Scholarship Prize for the best instrumentalist in all competitions. Gwyn received tuition at the Academy with Mark David, Rod Franks, Paul Beniston, Gareth Small, Robert Farley and John Hutchins, and participated in masterclasses with world renowned soloists including Hakan Hardenberger, Reinhold Friedrich, Eric Aubier and Anthony Plog. Gwyn was the recipient of the first Mishcon de Reya Scholarship to the Academy to support his postgraduate study. He is also grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation, Craxton Memorial Trust and The Countess of Munster Trust (Derek Butler Award) for financial assistance throughout the course.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Opera, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music
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Trumpet, Cornet, Natural trumpet
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Jackie A, 6 months ago

Gwyn went above and beyond what was expected of him. His playing certainly made a huge difference to our remembrance service.

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Georgina M, 8 months ago

Perfect lovely guys simple to organise and did exactly what we asked for! Wish we booked them for longer!

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Jamie S, 8 months ago

Thanks Owain, and thanks so much for Saturday night - we had such a great time. You and the band added to the wedding so much, not just because of the music, but also being very very easy to work with and good to have around! Feel free to pass on our details to anyone thinking about booking you in the future.