Paul Cosh

Department of Music

Instrumental Tutor

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Paul Cosh
Department of Music
Jessop Building
Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

Paul Cosh started playing the cornet in his local brass band in Sherborne, Dorset. He was also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. He went on to study the trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music with William Overton, Principal trumpet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

In 1984 Paul was appointed Professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  Paul was awarded a Fellowship and held this position, as senior lecturer, for thirty years. Many of his students hold positions throughout the world and work on a regular basis with some of the UK’s finest orchestras. He is a renowned teacher with an international reputation giving consultations, clinics and he lectures on Brass Playing Essentials in a nationwide education project for Brass Band England.

Paul was a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1987 until 2005. During his time as an orchestral musician he worked with many of the greatest conductors the world has seen, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Rudolf  Kempe, Ricardo Muti, Bernard Haitink and Gunther Wand, to name but a few. 

Paul has also acted as an external examiner at The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern School of Music, The Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Trinity Laban College and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 

In his early years Paul developed a highly successful freelance career that involved working in every field of the music profession. In the world of rock music he worked and recorded with many stars including, Diana Ross, Bryan Ferry, Leo Sayer, George Michael and The Jam. He played on the soundtracks of many films, such as Ghandi, Superman the Movie and Superman 2, and worked in West End musicals, including Evita.

 Throughout this period in his career, he also made regular appearances with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, The Philharmonia and The London Symphony Orchestra.