Alan Thomas

Section Leader Trumpet

Alan first joined the CBSO in 2004, performing with our brass section for 9 years before leaving the Orchestra in 2013 to take up the Principal Trumpet position at the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He rejoined the CBSO in 2018. Alongside his playing, Alan is now Associate Head of Brass at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – where he was an undergraduate student himself from 1996-2000 – and is also a Trumpet Professor at the Royal College of Music.

Away from orchestral life, Alan is a member of both Onyx Brass and Septura, two of Britain's leading brass chamber groups. He maintains a keen interest in the psychological aspects of performance and is a keen educationalist, visiting and coaching various schools and ensembles.