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This family needs no fanfare!

Brass intruments can fit in anywhere: orchestras, brass bands, big bands, pop groups - you name it.

The brass family adds a huge amount of power to the orchestral sound.

The tuba is the lowest and biggest brass instrument. It has four or five valves, which when played change the notes.

It is a very big metal tube which is curled around and has a very wide end, shaped like a bell.

Even though it looks almost too big to play, it can actually play very acrobatic solos!

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Meet the orchestra

Chris Evans, Tuba
BBC Philharmonic

  • How old were you when you first started playing?
    I started playing at the age of twelve.

  • Why did you choose this instrument specially?
    I enjoyed the deep, resonant sounds of the tuba.

  • Do you play any other instruments?
    No.

  • What do you like most about playing in an orchestra? Is it fun?
    The repertoire with the BBC Philharmonic is extremely varied.

  • Do you play any other kind of music?
    No not really.

  • What's your favourite music?
    I really enjoy classical music, particularly Beethoven.

  • Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
    Yes - sketching and painting.

  • What would you have done if you hadn't been a musician?
    I was a brass instrumental teacher before I joined the BBC.

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