Dan Jenkins is Second Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the City of London Sinfonia.
I went to the Guildhall School of Music in 1984 and studied with Peter Gane, Eric Crees and Dudley Bright. My professional life started with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and I travelled all over Britain with them for six years, while cultivating a fledgling freelance career. It was slow progress, but work snowballed and I started working for more and more orchestras. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra were always very loyal, and I spent a lot of time with them, and have some very good friends there.
London orchestras travel a lot, and I was delighted to be included in many tours over the years. I have enjoyed playing, and eating the local food, all over the world, from Brahms 4 in Carnegie Hall to satay in Kuala Lumpur, from the Enigma Variations in Nagoya to carne in Rio. Along with the music, travel has been the greatest result of being a musician, and who could wish for more?
In 2004, I joined the CLS when the late great Roger Brenner moved to Second Trombone, and a year later I started at the BBC. The BBCSO offers a constant variety of challenging new music, along with old favourites, so it’s a fantastic balance of repertoire.
I’m married to Helen, and we live in north London.