Christian Jones began playing the trombone at the age of ten and progressed through the excellent Staffordshire (UK) county music service before entering London's Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 1998. Appointed bass trombonist in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2001, aged 20, Christian was generously allowed by the BBC to complete his degree studies with Bob Hughes and graduate with first class honours in July 2002, a month before joining the self-governing Philharmonia Orchestra, London. After a decade of performing 150-200 concerts worldwide annually, and a year as Deputy Chairman of Philharmonia Ltd, Christian relocated to Yorkshire with his young family in 2012.
Now, as bass and contrabass trombonist at Opera North, Leeds, Christian is enjoying both the orchestral concert and opera schedules, including the first complete Ring Cycle in the company’s history. Christian has worked with all the major UK orchestras and the Symphonic Brass of London (including in Tromso!), LSO Brass, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Married for ten years, Christian and his wife Katy (ex co-principal trombone of the LSO and now principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra, Manchester) shared a recital in the 2006 International Trombone Festival in Birmingham. In 2008 Christian premiered and recorded Gareth Wood's bass trombone concerto with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales: other solo engagements have included pre-concert performances at London’s Royal Festival Hall; numerous recitals at British Trombone Society events and as a faculty member of Dublin Brass Week in 2015.
He was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2009 and served as President of the British Trombone Society 2013-15, commissioning and premiering new works for trombone ensemble and helping the organisation to achieve Charitable status for the first time since its formation in 1985. He appeared as the ‘Mystery Guest’ on Chris Evans’s breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 in 2014, playing the trombone to an estimated audience of 9.5 million listeners!
As a teacher, Christian appears regularly on 'The Brass Academy' courses in the UK and coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain trombone section for the first time in 2015, returning this summer. He made his conducting debut in 2008, having been invited to prepare and present a brass concert at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon in Zaragoza. He has also coached Messaien's Turangalila symphony for the Cambridge University Musical Society brass and given trombone masterclasses at the Royal Academy, Royal College, Royal Welsh College and Trinity College of Music. As a result of several years working closely with people suffering from dementia, Christian delivered a lecture to Bedfordshire music service on the issues and challenges this presents for musicians.
Following the untimely death of Adrian (Benny) Morris in 2015, Christian was appointed in December as the Bass Trombone tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Having suffered a brachial neuritis (trapped nerves) while on tour in South America in 2014, Christian is now studying Pilates, Somatics and Accent Breathing, in order to hold and play the trombone with much less strain: he plans to pass on his experience and insights in this field as his knowledge develops.
Away from playing, Christian and Katy are gradually turning their village’s old doctor’s surgery into a home - the old consulting area is the music studio! Christian also enjoys running, cycling and walking in the Pennine hills, as well as spending as much time as possible with Katy and their two children!