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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 has had a solid grounding in music. With the help and nurture of his first tuba teacher, Callum became a principal tubist of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was accepted to study at Trinity College of Music under the tutelage of Ashley (George) Wall from the Royal Opera House in London, and Oren Marshall, jazz tubist and session artist of international repute.
At Trinity College of Music, Callum 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 principal tubist of the Birmingham Symphonic Winds. Whilst at Trinity, he immersed himself in the rich musical environments of the Royal Opera House and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) 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.
In Denmark, Callum was 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 to perform the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto at the Guildhall, Cambridge, UK.
The end of Callum’s Journey in Denmark came with him taking up post with the world-famous Band of the Coldstream Guards which saw him perform in the farthest reaches of the world; from Japan all the way to assisting the United Nations in Cyprus. At every state ceremonial event, you could bet Callum was out on parade. In 2017 Callum came third in the Household Division Musician of the Year solo competition, which is open to all musicians of the Foot Guards bands in London.
As a tuba player, Callum has been a part of many live BBC TV performances from performing with the Coldstream Guards brass dectet on The Andrew Marr Show, being in the Orchestra for the Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall (RAH), 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 the Queen's birthday parade. He’s performed alongside artists such as Luke Evans,Tom Jones, James Blunt, Sheridan Smith, Bryn Terfel, Leona Lewis, McFly, Jeff Goldblum, Nicola Roberts, and Sir Willard White. Callum has performed alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Christmas Spectacular at the RAH, and performed at the ITV Pride of Britain Awards. Recently he was immeasurably proud, and deeply honoured to participate in the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of the combined bands of the Royal Air force. It's estimated the historic event was watched by 4 billion people worldwide and attended by 500 dignitaries from around the world including the US President Biden.
Conducting has always been important to Callum ever since he first conducted a school brass band in concert at the Cambridge University West Road Concert Hall at the age of 16. Since then, Callum has established himself as an in-demand conductor, conducting high calibre ensembles across the UK, Including the Birmingham Symphonic Winds, Brent Symphony Orchestra, Bloomsbury Wind Ensemble, The Brass Foundry, Band of the Coldstream Guards, and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
Callum is currently Musical Director of Oxfordshire’s leading community wind band, the Thame Concert Band, and has previously had the privilege of being Musical director of Aylesbury Concert Band, Enfield Film Orchestra, London People’s Orchestra, Highgate and Muswell Hill Brass Band, the Sound Force Big band, and the Vejle FDF Brass Band in Denmark.
In 2021 Callum switched uniform, and was accepted into the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
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.