Born in 1988, Shane Brennan graduated as a scholar from the The Royal College of Music in 2010, and on doing so, he was awarded the Herbert Samuel Memorial prize for trumpet. He studied with Paul Archibald, Paul Beniston, Ian Balmain and Alan Thomas as well as natural trumpet with Neil Brough. During his time at the RCM, Shane played principal trumpet in all of the College orchestras including the Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta and Baroque Orchestra under conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Martin Andre.
During his professional career, Shane has worked with/played for; Alex James, Andrea Bocelli, Angelika Milster, Bradley Walsh, Brass Monkey, Charlize Theron, David Soul, Fearne Cotton, Geoffrey Palmer, Goldie (DJ), Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Jane Asher, Jennie Bond, Kate Thornton, Katie Derham, Kim Criswell, Kristen Stewart, Leon Jackson, Lord Robert Winston, Lord Sebastian Coe, Martin Carthy, Mary-Jess, Milla Jovovich, Myleene Klass, Omid Djalili, Orlando Bloom, Peter Snow, Rosemary Squires, Russell Watson, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Terry Wogan, Sue Perkins, Take That, Tasmin Little, Tess Daly, The Hoosiers, Willie Thorne.
Shane started to play the cornet at the age of 6, and soon after was introduced to the Hadstock Silver Band. He worked his way to the principal position of the youth band, whilst also being award the under 10 solo champion of East Anglia. After 3 years Shane was moved into the senior band, where he worked his way to the principal chair aged just 12. During this time, Shane won numerous awards and prizes with the band.
Between 1999 and 2006, Shane continued his education at Saffron Walden County High School where he was fortunate enough to receive trumpet tuition from Paul Mayes. It was Paul who introduced Shane to the Haverhill Silver Band where he was appointed the flugelhorn position, and was regularly featured as a soloist. Shane achieved a distinction in his Grade 8, and also won the Glyn Lewis Bursary. This bursary funded the trumpet that Shane still plays on today. Shane’s passion for brass bands continued when joining the RCM as he now plays soprano cornet for the championship section band Zone One Brass, performing at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall.
As well as playing in a multitude of orchestras and ensembles in and around London, Shane also has a passion for playing in shows. This has seen him tour the UK with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show, Song and Dance – the first time it had been performed outside of the West-End, and also touring Cyprus with the London Theatre Orchestra performing the lead trumpet part of West Side Story. More recently, Shane played principal trumpet in a production of Crazy For you at The London Palladium.
In 2008, Shane performed in a number of high profile events. This included playing live on Capital Radio with one of the leading pop/rock groups of this time The Hoosiers. He also made his international concerto debut, where he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto For Two Trumpets in Switzerland with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Along with this, Shane has performed both the Hummel and Haydn trumpet concertos in their entirety. This diverse musical spectrum has allowed Shane to record for both BBC radio and television along with performing for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Duke of Gloucester, Sir Michael Parkinson and Lord Robert Winston for private functions. In addition to this, Shane can be seen performing in the video for X-Factor winner Leon Jackson’s single Creative. He also performed this song live with Leon on BBC Children in Need.
During 2009, Shane toured with the folk group Brass Monkey and was recorded in the latest commercial soundtrack to the highly successful staged version of Peter Pan, which eventually moved to The O2 Arena. During the summer of 2009, Shane toured Libya as a British representative to perform the opening fanfare for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Libyan Jamahiriya in front of 60 world leaders. At the beginning of 2010, Shane recorded with Sir David Willcocks at King’s College, Cambridge to commemorate his 90th birthday.
Whilst at the RCM, Shane formed the brass quintet Triumph Brass. This is made up of fellow students who enjoy giving recitals at venues such as Cadogan Hall, The National Gallery and The Royal Albert Hall. Triumph Brass are passionate about educating people of all ages about music, and brass instruments, which has seen them complete a very successful tour to Trinidad and Tobago.
Most recently, Shane has worked with The London Mozart Players, The English Baroque Soloists conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and he also performed as guest principal trumpet with Britten Sinfonia in a production of Stravinsky’s Renard at the world famous opera venue – Glyndebourne. Recent tours include a tour of Europe with The Westenders and Angelika Milster, a UK tour with Russell Watson on his 'La Voce' tour, and a tour to Mumbai to perform with The Symphony Orchestra of India
Shane continues to perform lots of ceremonial music at weddings, university graduations etc. In October 2011, he performed fanfares to welcome celebrities and guests down the red carpet to 'The Three Musketeers' film premiere. Stars including Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich and Take That attended the ceremony.
Another ongoing project of Shane’s is his solo crossover music. He has been working closely with the arranger Paul Campbell and musical director Paul Archibald, in recording the trumpet as a solo instrument with the backing of a full orchestra and rhythm section. For more information on this, please go to the ‘Crossover’ section of this website.