Stephen Wick

BMus (Hons), Hon ARAM

Brass - Serpent and Ophicleide
Historical Performance - Serpent and Ophicleide
Junior Academy - Tuba

Specialist in serpent and ophicleide, performing with leading period instrument groups in the UK and Europe

Distinguished career as a tuba player in modern orchestras and as a jazz musician

Director of Denis Wick Products

Stephen is a tuba player, conductor, arranger and teacher, and is also director of Denis Wick Products, the famous firm of mouthpiece and mute makers. As a studio musician he has played for Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Björk and many others. He has played with all the great London orchestras and on hundreds of soundtracks for films, TV and advertisements. His film work includes many major movies such as Star Wars, Alien, Batman, Rambo, Gladiator, and some of the James Bond and Pink Panther films.

He was a member of the Oslo Philharmonic, and has since appeared with leading orchestras from Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Milan, Helsinki and Amsterdam. He has the rare distinction of being one of the only British players to be invited to appear with the Orchestre de Paris under their Musical Director Cristoph Eschenbach.

He has made a special study of the precursors of the tuba, including the serpent and the ophicleide, and has appeared with many period instrument orchestras including Les Arts Florissants, Orchestre des Champs Élysées, Orchestre Revolutionairre et Romantique, Freiburger Barockorchester, Anima Eterna and the Academy of Ancient Music.

In the field of jazz he has played in bands lead by Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Bobby Lamb/Ray Premru, John Dankworth and Mel Tormé. In addition he has worked for great arrangers such as Marty Paich, Tutti Camarata, Vince Mendoza, Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini and Lalo Shifrin.

He directs the Brass Ensemble of Junior Academy.

 

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