New Solo Trombone for Friary


Friary is delighted to announce that Neil Wharton has joined the Band to fill the solo trombone vacancy created by rising star Isobel Daws on her departure for the prestigious Karajan Academy, the graduate arm of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.


Originally from the North East, Neil started on euphonium at school and played for various local brass bands. He enjoyed successful spells with Reg Vardy, Sellers and Hepworth before joining the Royal Air Force in 2002 on euphonium. After filling in on trombone for a period he made the decision to make the move permanently and has not looked back since. Having spent the majority of his career at The Band of the RAF College in Lincolnshire, he was posted to The Band of the RAF Regiment where he’s a trombonist and Drum Major.


Neil commented: “I’m only too aware that these are big shoes to fill – and I won’t be wearing Princess Isobel’s sparkly ones - but I’ll certainly give it my best. I’ve been so impressed with the level of commitment and standard of playing so far and can’t wait to get going.” Friary Chairman, Nigel Stevens was equally enthusiastic: “Neil is a highly accomplished musician with an excellent history in banding. We’re so pleased to welcome him to Friary.”


In his spare time Neil competes in Olympic weightlifting and was English Masters champion in 2019. He’s also a long suffering Newcastle United fan.


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