About Us

Aeris Brass formed in 2015 as a result of a desire to make music with friends and to take that music to places they loved. This has led to the group performing across the UK, Sweden, and San Marino. Always looking to create new repertoire, they have commissioned works from David Swan, Peter Longworth, and Laura Jurd, as well as countless new arrangements from members of the group. Aeris Brass enjoy featuring guest artists, and have recorded and performed with internationally renowned soloists Carol Jarvis, Rick Taylor, Mike Lovatt, Rex Richardson, Emily White, and John Kenny. Aeris Brass were delighted to win the British Trombone Society Quartet competition in March 2019.

Ian Sankey studied trombone with John Kenny at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh before moving to London and continuing his studies with Eric Crees, Simon Wills, Emily White and John Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music And Drama. As a soloist, Ian came 2nd in the British Trombone Society Ian Bousfield competition in 2017, was awarded Runner Up in the International Trombone Association Alto trombone competition 2017, as well as 3rd place in the Charlton House Lyrical brass competition 2018. As an orchestral player, Ian has worked with the Oxford Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. As a sackbut player, Ian was delighted to play with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts as part of their 35th Birthday Concert in St. Johns Smith Square. With a love of chamber music, Ian is part of Elysium Brass, Winners of the June Emerson Launchpad Prize, as well as being a member of Aeris Brass. Having graduated from Guildhall with First Class Honours, Ian now lives and works in London enjoying the variety of freelance life.

Originally from Elgin, Moray, Martin learned to play the Euphonium through the Council’s Music Education Scheme. He played with Moray Concert Brass and Moray Senior Windband, and in 2011 moved to Edinburgh to study at St Mary’s Music School. Alongside his Euphonium studies at St Mary’s, Martin won the SMMS Concerto Competition. He has performed concertos and solo pieces across the UK; as a soloist with various brass bands as well as performing in Aeris Brass. Martin co-founded jazz tuba duo ‘Dopey Monkey’ with tuba player Danielle Price, exploring a more contemporary side to their instruments. He is also one of the founders of The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra; a big band featuring musicians from conservatoires across UK. The orchestra raise money for various charities and provide an educational resource for areas where there is no jazz education. As part of New Orleans style jazz band The Old Jelly Rollers, Martin and six fellow musicians raised money to go to New Orleans. There they interviewed various jazz legends, to educate themselves and others about the origins of jazz music. In 2015, Martin gained a place to study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. This offered him the chance to study under tuba soloist Oren Marshall, which had been his dream.  The BMus Jazz course offered him the perfect opportunity to advance his skills to the next level and pursue a career as a euphonium artist. He is recipient of the Fordham University Founder’s Scholars award as well as the Donald Dewar award which supports the brightest and best of Scotland’s young artistic talent.

Ali was born and raised in Winchester, Hampshire in the south of England. Due to his father already being a trombone player in the army, Ali was soon introduced to the brass world, ending up on the Bass Trombone, at the age of 15. Soon after, he gained a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Eric Crees and David Stewart. He has recently performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra Brass Dectet in Spain and the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, performing Mahler’s 5th symphony. Ali is now currently studying for his masters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and since moving there has won the bass trombone chair in the Ungdomssymfonikerne orchestra, and performed with Gothenburg Opera.

Adam was born in Aberdeen, and learnt music through the city’s music service. He spent three years at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh studying with John Kenny, before studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Dave Stewart, where he won the Armourers & Brasiers’ Prize for Brass in his final year. Adam has performed with the likes of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and European Union Youth Orchestra, and on such musical theatre productions as Fiddler on the Roof (West End), Wonderland the Musical (UK tour), and Barnum  (Menier Chocolate Factory). He also spent the summer of 2018 performing in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in Hamlet. Adam is also a very keen sackbut player, having toured and recorded in Toronto with the choir of Girton College, Cambridge. In his spare time Adam enjoys books, whisky, and travelling.