Brass Virtuosos Phil Cobb and Helen Vollam to Grace Birmingham’s Recital Stage

by Madonna

November, Birmingham – Birmingham’s Royal Conservatoire is set to host a remarkable evening of musical excellence, featuring the talents of two distinguished brass performers, Phil Cobb and Helen Vollam from the renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra. This special recital is scheduled for Monday, November 13th, at 7:30 PM in the Bradshaw Hall, accompanied by the accomplished pianist Elizabeth Burley. The evening’s repertoire promises a captivating blend of classical and contemporary compositions, including pieces by Handel, Julia Simpson, Dan Jenkins, Peter Graham, Piazzolla, and Chick Corea.

Both artists have left an indelible mark on the world of orchestral and brass music, making this recital an extraordinary opportunity for audiences to revel in their exceptional talents.


Phil Cobb and Helen Vollam, supported by esteemed sponsors Buffet Crampon and Conn-Selmer, are poised to deliver a musical performance that reflects their prowess on the concert stage and in the recording studio. The duo’s upcoming recital promises to be a musical journey that transcends boundaries.


Ian Porthouse, the Head of Brass Band Studies, expressed his excitement about the event, stating, “This is a simply fantastic opportunity to hear two of the finest brass performers in recital action. All I can do is urge people to buy a ticket quickly — as it is an evening you don’t want to miss.”


Helen Vollam, a versatile musician who is also associated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Bones Apart trombone ensemble, holds the title of Visiting Artist at the Conservatoire. In 2019, she made waves by giving the world premiere of Gavin Higgins’ Trombone Concerto, titled ‘Book of Miracles,’ which received widespread critical acclaim. Her remarkable achievement resulted in her being honored with an Ivors Award and the prestigious title of the British Trombone Society Player of the Year.

Phil Cobb, equally celebrated in the orchestral and brass banding spheres, has garnered a plethora of accolades throughout his career. A former principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, he continues to captivate audiences with his musical finesse. His association with ensembles like Superbrass, Eminence, Septura, and the Barbican Brass Ensembles has solidified his position as a leading figure in the world of brass performance.

This exceptional recital featuring Phil Cobb and Helen Vollam promises to be a musical journey that will leave a lasting impression on all in attendance.


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