Sheean Prash

Meet The Players

Find out more about the members of Sheean Prash.

 

 

Matt Creer – Trumpet

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Ashley Cole - Trumpet

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Christopher Weeks – French horn

Christopher has been playing the French horn in orchestras, bands and ensembles for over thirty-five years. Since moving to the Island in 2007 to work for Manx National HeritageHe has been a dedicated member of the French horn section of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra and is now their principal horn having also completed two years on their organising committee. He has also performed in the orchestra pit at the Gaiety Theatre for shows such as The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. An art restorer by profession, he lived and worked in France and Italy before returning to London to teach conservation. Chris is also a keen singer; for five years he was a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus, performing every year at the BBC Proms and making numerous broadcasts and recordings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Wright - Trombone

Juan was born and educated on the Isle of Man and went on to study at Salford Universitygraduating with a BA (Hons) in Band Musicianship in 2000. During his time at Salford he successfully gained a university diploma and performed with all of the university's four main ensembles, with whom he toured several locations - most notably Brazil. He has also recorded a number of CDs, made several radio broadcasts for the BBC and gave a number of world premières. Furthermore Juan performed in the orchestra for many of the university’s theatre company productions. Another highlight of his time at Salford was taking part in trombone masterclasses given by Denis Wick and Chris Houlding.

Within his university studies he read various subjects including brass band scoring and arranging with Professor Peter Graham, performance with Andrew Berryman and Professor David King, as well as arts administration with Concert Manager Duncan Winfield; opting to major in all these areas for his degree. This culminated in him giving public recitals, presenting a portfolio of his brass music and working as an Administrator for the National Association of Brass Band Conductors Annual Convention 2000 in Wigan.

He has also worked in association with Yamaha and the charity Action Research to promote a Youth Music Entertainment Competition and gave instrumental demonstrations to encourage young people to learn a brass instrument. He was subsequently selected to attend a placement at Manchester's European Opera offices, which gave him an insight into the workings of an opera company.

Outside of the university he has performed with a wide variety of ensembles including the Hawk Green Marple Band, United Co-op Milnrow Band (both as solo trombonist) and the Blazevich Trombone Quartet. He has occasionally deputised for a number of groups including: Glossop Old, Stalybridge Old and Wingate brass bands and the Salford Symphony Orchestra. Along with his experience as a performer, he has coached young brass players from the Cheshire Youth Brass Band and Rochdale Youth Big Band.

Juan returned to the Isle of Man in July 2001, having done some varied freelance work as a musician and working as a Residential Social Worker in the UK. Since his return, he has devoted a great deal of time to music on the Island performing with Rushen Silver Band and the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra with whom he gave the Island premiere of the Albrechtsberger Alto Trombone Concerto in July 2012. A regular competitor in the Manx Music Festival he has won the George Ridgeway Trophy for the best brass soloist (2002) and the open brass solo class in 2016. As a conductor he has directed several ensembles to success in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was appointed the conductor of the Onchan Silver Band in 2002 and completed three successful years with the band. In 2009 he gained a Certificate of Teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). He followed this up with a Certificate in Education which he completed through University College Isle of Man and Chester University in July 2015. Later in April 2016 he achieved Qualified Teacher & Learning Skills (QTLS) Status and became a member of the Society for Education and Training (MSET).

He now works for the DESC Music Service as Head of Brass & Percussion and directs the Manx Youth Wind Orchestra. He also continues to teach a limited number of brass students privately. Prior to this he worked in several of the Island’s secondary schools and taught brass at both the Buchan and King William's College. Outside of education he completed a year at the Erin Arts Centre as Manager, also administrating for the Latour de France Festival, in the South of France, the Mananan Festival of Music and the Arts and the Isle of Man Arts Council Guitar Festival both held in Port Erin. During his time at the EAC he formed a brass quintet attracting several eminent musicians including: Gordon Higginbottom, Raymond LeppardHoward Snell and Roger Steptoe to each write works for this ensemble, dedicated to him.

 

John Wood – Tuba

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