John is a sought-after performer and educator with over thirty years’ experience. An Academy alumnus, he has a strong connection with the institution including being Director of the LRAM teaching course, Head of Year on the BMus and a professor of the Baroque trumpet. As well as performance experience with some of the UK’s most eminent ensembles, he was also a member of the Phantom of the Opera orchestra in the West End for 14 years.

The Academy’s Dean of Students, Elizabeth Kenny, said: ‘I’m delighted that John Hutchins has been appointed as Director of Junior Academy. John’s vision for the future, and his keen and sensitive grasp of the varied aspects of Junior Academy life are attributes which can ensure that Junior Academy moves from strength to strength. He holds our teaching staff, with their depth of wisdom, skill and experience, in the highest regard, and will encourage confidence, imagination and creativity in fostering our talented young musicians.’

The Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, said: ‘John has, over the years, assembled a remarkable portfolio of skills and experiences as a musician and educator. Highly respected as a trumpet player in a huge variety of genres, from eminent baroque orchestras to West End shows, John has also become a highly respected teacher, mentor, administrator and enabler. I look forward enormously to working with him to give our students in Junior Academy the very best we can offer.’

Lesley-Ann Thomson left the role of Director of Junior Academy at the end of March to relocate to Scotland.

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