Our Composers

James Hatton

James Hatton studied cornet with Richard Marshall at the Royal Northern College Of Music and graduated in 2008.  While at music college he played with a number of brass bands but principally with Bactiguard Wire Brass where he often featured as both a cornet and trumpet soloist.  James has travelled around the world on tour and visited Norway, America and China to name but a few.  He began to play the trumpet as a second instrument while at the RNCM and featured as principle trumpet in the wind orchestra as well as being part of two CD recording which were done at the BBC studios in Manchester.  James completed his teacher training at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a PGCE with Specialist Instrumental Teaching before working for Bolton Music Service and then moving to Guernsey as a Brass Teacher.  Since moving to Guernsey James joined the Guernsey Jazz Orchestra on lead trumpet and subsequently become the MD as well as appearing in all of the orchestras on the island.  James joined Guernsey Concert Brass on cornet in 2015 before taking up the baton in September 2016.  He also travels back to England to perform in brass band competitions with the world famous Wingates band and recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall at the National Finals.  James has recently gained employment at Jerudong International School in Brunei and is looking forward to moving to Borneo to live and work in September 2017. 

While at the RNCM James studied composition and arranging as well as 12 tone analysis which laid the foundation to his compositional style.  His earlier work was mostly for brass band but recently his work as a teacher has meant a lot of his work is geared towards education and a more varied instrumentation.


Edward Kennedy M.A. L.T.C.L. F.T.C.L. B.Teaching

Edward Kennedy was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He completed a Masters Degree in conducting at Salford University under professor David King and he has also completed degrees and other major music studies at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Over the past 30 years, Edward has become highly respected as a successful cornet and trumpet player, band director, music educator, adjudicator, clinician, composer and arranger. Many of his works for wind band are highly acclaimed and have been published internationally by Alfred Music USA. Edward currently resides in Brisbane, Australia,


Adam DJ Taylor

Adam studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating in 2012.

As a trombonist, Adam has performed with a variety of ensembles on the stage, in recording, for live radio broadcast and for television. Adams orchestral experience includes multiple appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet, English National Opera and the Southbank Sinfonia. Adam was a member of Kensington Brass, a professional brass dectet based in London. A committed bander, Adam has vast experience playing throughout all sections with bands the country over. Adam is the current principal trombone of the world famous Wingates Band.

As a composer and arranger, Adams music has been heard across the globe in band rooms, on concert and contest stages, on CD, and on TV and radio broadcast. In 2012, Adam won the prestigious ‘Best New Composition’ award at the Brass in Concert competition at the Sage in Gateshead. In 2016 Adam arranged a program of Music for the brass section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and In March 2017, the Wingates band (where Adam is Composer in Residence) will release a CD of Adam’s music.

In recent times Adam has taken up the baton sharing his love and energy for music with others. Adam has conducted and led rehearsals for the Symphonic Brass of the RCM, Wingates Band, Uppermill Band and the brass band at the Junior RNCM. Adam is excited at taking up his full time position with the Allerton Brass family, a group of wonderful individuals in a city very close to Adams heart.