Bio: The trombone was originally used throughout Europe in the 15th century, but faded out during the mid 17th century, only to reappear in England again in the 18th century!
The sound is produced: by a slide that changes the length of its tubing to produce di fferent sounds.
Starting age: 11 years and up
Purchase price: From £102.50 through to £9417
Rental price: From £15 per month
Name: Amanda Michell
Qualifications: Trinity College of Music, French Horn (Postgraduate)
Biography: Amanda began her musical education at the age of 6, when she joined the local Church choir and started piano lessons. For the following 10 years she toured the country singing in various cathedrals with many different choirs, whilst also developing her skills on the piano and organ. At the age of 16 Amanda started learning the French Horn and although she continued her singing through the choral scholarships she held at Royal Holloway, University of London and St Martin-in-the-Fields, it was horn playing that Amanda wanted to pursue as a career. She studied the horn at postgraduate level at Trinity College of Music and since then has been enjoying a varied and challenging career as a freelance horn player. Recent opportunities have included playing with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Concert Orchestra and English Pops Orchestra. Aside from music, Amanda's interests include animals, reading and Tudor history. She has an awesome cat called Merlin and she dreams of one day making enough money as a horn player to be able to own a horse!!
Name: Peter Mankarious
Qualifications: Mperf, Trumpet