Pete Smith


Originally from Oldham, Pete studied at Chethams’ School of Music followed by the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Harrild and Oren Marshall. He quickly established himself on the freelance scene with a varied schedule of work with groups such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Brass.

In 2008, Pete joined the Philharmonia Orchestra and is also a Professor at the Royal College of Music.

What is your favourite Septura piece to play?

Lassus’s Lagrime di San Pietro. Exquisite stuff! To satisfy its myriad moods and nuance we, as a group, are required to maintain a constant state of flux. Artistically challenging but for me, chamber music at its most rewarding. Click here to listen on Spotify.

What would you do if you weren’t a tuba player?

No idea. I decided I wanted to play the tuba six weeks after first laying my hands on one. I do occasionally daydream about having been handed a pair of drumsticks instead…wooden, not chicken.

Your favourite Septura moment?

It was great to travel abroad with the group for the first time to Finland in Summer 2016 – we received a very warm welcome and the concerts were special to say the least!

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