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

Winner of the prestigious 2012 Brass in Concert ‘Best New Composition’ award, Adam Taylor is a musician with a passion for brass, orchestral and vocal music - as a performer, conductor, educator, composer, and arranger.

A trombonist by training, Adam studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and later as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, London. Adam has performed with orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), Northern Ballet, English National Opera (ENO) and Southbank Sinfonia; as well as with multiple other chamber ensembles, brass bands, show bands and jazz ensembles. 

As a teenager, Adam enjoyed listening to - then notating by ear - his favourite music for school and college ensembles. This led to a life’s passion for arranging and composition. Despite no formal training in the practice, Adam has begun to cement himself as a rising talent in new brass music. 

Adam’s work has been heard across the brass playing world on concert and contest stages, on CD, radio, and television. A recent highlight includes a fanfare commissioned to open the 2019 Walker Cup golf tournament - played by the brass of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (with Adam playing too!).  

Adam is composer in residence at the world famous Wingates Band and at the Haydock Band. In 2017 Adam helped launch a new publishing company, ‘Cantatio Publishing.’ along with his good friend and business partner, Mark Quinn. 

With a wealth of brass playing, teaching and conducting experience behind him, Adam took up the baton at Allerton Brass in Liverpool as Music Director in February 2017. Since taking up post, Adam has helped guide the band to 2 national finals and multiple podium places, taking them from the fourth section of the brass band national ‘league’ to second section. In 2018, Adam was appointed Associate Conductor at the championship section band Wingates, based in Bolton. 

For both performers and audiences alike, Adam believes music is one of life’s most valuable treasures. He has a passion for communicating his own love for music and a humble approach to teaching and sharing. Above all, Adam has a strong drive to continue learning, and an even stronger will to help others better themselves