John Durrant MA

Born in Lowestoft on the east coast of England, John Durrant started playing at the age of ten and played initially in local bands playing the trumpet and thecornet.

John played his first professional engagement a pier show,at the age of fourteen and although later trained as a classical player his early playing sparked an enduring interest in light music and jazz.. During this time he started to study under the watchful eye of Phil Parker Senior, one of the finest teachers of his day and an expert on the physical demands of brass playing.  ( see separate page Phil Parker Snr)  Tel 07543 301145  or email

In 1975,whilst  studying with Edgar Riches in London, he was spotted as a young talent by the late Philip Jones C.B.E. who kindly gave John lessons free of charge and greatly influenced him as a musician and a brass player.

After  winning the W.S Lloyd Webber Performance Award John won an open scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with the late Richard “Bob “ Walton and in later years with the late David Mason.
In his twenties he developed his work as a soloist and recitalist and he developed an extended playing range and repertoire, often playing the highest trumpet repertoire.  During this time he also developed a career as a leading band conductor, composer, and lecturer.

 Having made a lifelong study of the physical requirements of brass playing, John has taught at many famous institutions including King's College Choir School, the University of East Anglia and was visiting specialist teacher at the renowned Chetham’s School of Music, working again with his old mentor, Philip Jones, who was at that time one of the most famous names in brass playing and Head of Brass Studies at the school.

 John has played in a wide range of  professional groups in Europe, Japan, Africa and of course the United Kingdom and Channel Islands , including the Gerry Bosman Pops Orchestra ,the SABC symphony orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, jazz and recording orchestras for films and television.

As a soloist he has recorded many works, including the cult recording Recital Gems for Trumpet and Piano soon to be re-mastered and has led sections in studios across the world, recording music scores for such projects as diverse as, “The Bible” and Miss World.  He has also worked with the music producer, Bruce Cassidy, formerly of Blood Sweat and Tears, working in what was then one of  the most advanced recording studios in the world as a multi-instrumentalist.

In recent years John’s pupils have consistently gained places at major music conservatories and had success in competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year and he is now much in demand as a clinician and tutor in addition to his work as trumpet player, soloist and recitalist. John Durrant  has been a member of the Solo Performers and Composers section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Tel 07543 301145  or email