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Biography

An Alumni of Trinity College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen; Callum’s musical journey all began at the age of fifteen when he first fell in love with the sound of the tuba. With the help and nurture of his first tuba teacher, Callum went on to become a principle tubist of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was accepted to study at Trinity College of Music under the tutorage of Ashley (George) Wall from the Royal Opera House, and Oren Marshall, jazz tubist and session artist of international repute.

At Trinity College of Music, Callum first found solo success, becoming a semi-finalist in the prestigious Gold Medal soloist competition. He also became the principal tubist of the World Youth Orchestra and appeared at the Lincoln Centre in New York as principle tubist of the Birmingham Symphonic Winds. He also made a comic appearance performing at the Royal Festival Hall dressed as a “Tuba terrorist”! Whilst at Trinity, he immersed himself in the rich musical environments of the Royal Opera House and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to increase his understanding of the orchestral repertoire.

Wanting to develop further, Callum was accepted to study at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar, and the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus; of which he accepted a place at the latter. Callum would later be accepted to study with the International tuba soloist Jens-Bjorn Larsen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as part of a master’s degree.

 

Callum’s time in Denmark saw him being invited to perform professionally with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Prinsens Musikkorp, Randers Kammer Orkester, and the famed Scandinavian big band “Blood, Sweat, Drum ‘n’ Bass”. He performed as a soloist at the international RAMA music festival in Aarhus Symphony Hall, performed as a guest soloist with the Remus Symphony orchestra in Hamburg, and was invited back to the UK to perform the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto at the Guildhall, Cambridge.

Conducting has always been important to Callum, ever since he first conducted a brass band in concert at the age of 16. It wasn’t until he arrived in Denmark that his conducting really flourished, taking on the reigns of the Vejle FDF Brass Band, and freelancing as a conductor.

 

The end of Callum’s Journey in Denmark came with him taking up post with the world-famous Band of the Coldstream Guards, which has seen him perform in the farthest reaches of the world, from Japan all the way to assisting the United Nations in Cyprus. Every state ceremonial event you see, you can bet Callum is out on parade. Highlights of his career in the Coldstream include his first engagement being a live BBC tv performance with the Coldstream brass dectet, being on the stage band for the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, being a part of the massed bands for the national act of remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, and of course Trooping the Colour for Her Majesty’s birthday parade. In 2017 Callum came third in the Household Divison Musician of the Year solo competition, which is open to all musicians of the Foot Guards bands in London.

Alongside his full time career in the Coldstream Guards, Callum is also the Musical Director of the Thame Concert Band, Oxfordshire; Principal Conductor of the Enfield Film Orchestra, London; and the Highgate + Muswell Hill brass band. He’s actively freelancing, performing all manner of gigs from being a soloist for charity fundraisers, depping for orchestras throughout London, and giving masterclasses to ensembles of all shapes and sizes. He regularly returns to conduct and tutor the Cambridge Youth Wind Orchestra, and Cambridge Youth Orchestra – one of the first ensembles Callum played in as a young tuba player.

A full CV of Callum's musical adventures is available on request.

Interested in booking Callum for a masterclass? Maybe a lesson? Perhaps you need a conductor or a tuba player? Whatever it is, Callum is always happy to help.

 

© Callum Rookes 2020