Inverness is fortunate to be the home of choice for not one, not two, but three outstanding brass players who will relish the acoustic of the Old High Church. 

Trumpeter Ian Shires moved here from Yorkshire where he held solo positions within the elite echelons of British brass bands such as the Brighouse and Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills and Grimethorpe Colliery bands. 

Trombonist Mark Bell hails from West Lothian where he played in all the youth bands in the area before moving to the University of Salford to study the trombone with soloists from both the Halle and the London Symphony Orchestras.  Now he works for the Highland Instrumental Service working in schools throughout the Highlands.  Mark is the founder of Highland Brass and Musical Director of the Highland Youth Big Band. 

Horn player Rob Farmer grew up and studied in Tasmania before moving to Scotland, initially to Argyll & Bute until settling on the shores of Loch Ness 16 years ago to work with the Highland Council and HighLife Highland.  As well as teaching Rob freelances in most genres of music ensembles including the Mahler Players, Aberdeen Sinfonietta, the Highland Chamber Orchestra and Highland Brass. 

Piano accompaniment will be from Robin Versteeg.


  • W. A. Mozart – 4th Horn Concerto K495
  • H. James – Trumpet Concerto                                                                    
  • W. Himes       – “All that I am” 
  •  A. Jorgensen  – Romance for Trombone
  • A. Pryor         – “Love’s Enchantment”
  •  F. Poulenc      – Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone

Recommended donation of £6 at the door please.