Darren Fellows was born and raised in North Yorkshire and began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. By the age of 10, he was playing in jazz bands and by 17 had a wide reputation, toured Europe as principal trumpet of the County Concert Band and had his first piece of music published and played on radio.
Darren went on to study trumpet, piano and composition at the Welsh College of Music & Drama where he obtained a B.A Honours degree in music. Whilst at College, he was taught by Andrew Everton (trumpet player in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales) and was given master-classes by virtuosi such as: Paul Archibald, Anne McAneny, Crispian-Steele Perkins and James Watson. Whilst here, Darren played trumpet in many musicals, namely ‘Chicago’, ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and premiered a new work at St. David’s Hall which was televised.
After leaving college, Darren continued his trumpet studies privately with Ray Allen at the Royal Academy of Music also taking part in a master-class with Vladimir Pushkarev (of the Russian National Orchestra). During this time, Darren met up with Kevin Robinson (trumpet player in ‘Take That’ and ‘Incognito’) who was also an influence. Subsequently, Darren went on to play trumpet in touring west end shows, namely ‘South Pacific’ meeting big names in musical theatre and gaining a wide reputation for himself.
Darren is now based in Cardiff where he works as a freelance trumpet player (having played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Brass). He is well established as a music teacher, his interests now lying firmly in education. Darren is in much demand as a workshop leader and is involved in out-reach projects at special needs schools as well as teaching trumpet and piano privately.
Much of Darren's time is dedicated to composing. He has written: a short opera for children, film music, Romantic piano pieces, studies, educational teaching aids and collections of classical and jazz music for children.
Other publications include: ‘School House Jazz’, ‘A Circus for Trumpet’ and ‘Trumpet Travels’ published by Kirklees Music.