New Beginnings – Lockdown Remote Recording Project

Remote recording project featuring leading professionals!

New Beginnings Remote Recording Project

Final Video

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this exciting project!

We engaged with over 30 young musicians to create this video – we hope you enjoy it.

Stay tuned to this site for an announcement about our next project!

New Beginnings Video

Devon Youth Chamber Brass – New Beginnings by Sam Massey – Recorded in February 2021

Brass Ensemble Remote Recording

Do you play a brass instrument to an intermediate or advanced standard (approx. Grade 4+)?

Please join us for an exciting free remote recording project to keep up your spirits in lockdown!

What’s it all about, and who can join in?

The Devon Youth Chamber Brass “New Beginnings” Remote Recording Project, created during “Lockdown 3” in January 2021, is designed to help fill the void for young brass players’ who are not being able to play together at the moment.

The idea is to practice a piece called “New Beginnings”, specially written by Sam Massey, along to a recording of leading professional brass players with a connection to Devon.

Once you’ve practiced, we’ll ask you to upload a video or audio recording of you playing your part along with our Devon Brass alumni dectet.

We’ll then put it all together into a big recorded massed brass ensemble for us all to enjoy for years to come.

This opportunity is open to all young brass players in Devon – we suggest a performing ability of around Grade 4 and up.

What you’ll need to do

Firstly, contact Sam Massey explaining who you are, what instrument you play and that you’d like to be involved!

You’ll then be sent some music to practice, along with an example recording of the piece.

The exciting bit

You’ll get sent a copy of the recording by our brass experts – you’ll get to play virtually alongside leading professionals who’ll give you some tips about how to make your part sound the very best it can be!

Here’s a list of the musicians you’ll be playing with!

Your recording

Once you’ve practiced it, you’ll need to record yourself playing through your piece on a smartphone tablet or and send it to us by Saturday 20th February 2021 – full instructions and permission forms available on sign-up.

The end result

As a final result, there will be a recording integrating the young musicians ensemble performance with the professional performance, which you’ll be able to keep and share with your family and friends.

Thank You

Thanks to the generous support of the Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs, we are able to offer this opportunity free of charge to all students residing or studying in Devon.

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all the professional musicians who have put so much time and energy into this project – please take some time to check out their websites at the foot of this page.

The very first ensemble I played in was a junior youth brass group in Exeter – even from afar, getting the opportunity to be back playing with young Devon brass players is absolutely amazing!

Katy Woolley, Principal French Horn, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam

For more information or to sign up, please contact

Sam Massey using the button below!

Professional Musicians Involved – Devon Brass Alumni Dectet

The musicians who have kindly agreed to be involved in this project, giving their advice and talent in recording their parts, are as follows:


Ryan Jacob – formerly of Braunton, now a leading London based trumpeter, composer and producer (credits include Bonobo & Chornixx)

Hannah Plumridge – formerly of Galmpton, now Repiano Cornet in Cory Band, World No. 1 ranked brass band

French Horns

Katy Woolley – formerly of Exeter, now Principal Horn of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam

Hannah Williams – formerly of Bovey Tracey, now studying at Royal Academy of Music following a scholarship at Wells Cathedral School


Tom White – formerly of Okehampton, now a leading London based trombonist, composer and arranger (credits include Olly Murs, Emily Sandé & Stan Sulzmann)

Jonathan Hollick – formerly of Plymouth, now Sub-Principal Trombone of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Bass Trombone

Edward Hilton – formerly of Braunton, now a leading London based freelance trombonist and trombonist for the Les Misérables UK & International touring production


Mike Poyser – leading London based freelance Tuba player (credits include Jules Buckley & The Heritage Orchestra and Quincey Jones) , teaching at Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall.