Since the mid 1970s Jeremy West has played a leading role in re-establishing the cornett as a recognised virtuoso and ensemble instrument. He now has more than forty years of top-class playing and recording experience with many of Europe’s leading renaissance and early baroque ensembles. Often regarded as a ‘pioneer’ of his instrument, he is a founder member of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, the leading ensemble of its kind, itself now 35 years old. He has more than 60 recordings to his credit and concert performances have taken him to 35 countries across four continents.
In addition to his playing career, since 1991 Jeremy has directed the instrument-making workshops of the late Christopher Monk. These workshops are devoted to the research, development, reproduction and world-wide distribution of all instruments in the cornett and serpent families. Examples of the workshop’s output, and in particular of the extraordinarily popular resin cornett – an instrument which has inspired and enabled the majority of today’s players – may be found from New York to New Zealand, Scandinavia to South America.
His most recent challenge and interest lies in playing music of the 19th and early 20th centuries on original brass. To this end Jeremy plays with the newly-formed Queen Victoria’s Consort, playing on a French alto horn which dates from 1855.
Jeremy West teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff as well as the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; and he is a Musician in Residence at Girton College, University of Cambridge.