Mike Allen

Mike Allen was born in Todmorden, Lancashire, in the north of England. He started playing the cornet at the age of 7 and soon joined his local brass band, becoming principal cornet at the age of 10. After playing with several other bands, he joined the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band aged 16, winning many contests and touring worldwide. While at Black Dyke, Mike studied for a degree in music at the Huddersfield Polytechnic, studying cornet with Phillip McCann and trumpet with David James. Mike left the band in 1985 and moved to London to study the trumpet with John Wallace and David Mason at the Royal College of Music. He has been Principal Trumpet of the European Community Youth Orchestra and worked with many of England’s symphony and chamber orchestras. For many years, Mike was a member of the London Brass Virtuosi, giving concerts and masterclasses both in England and Europe. Mike has held the position of co-principal trumpet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and is also principal trumpet with the orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Mike has a very musical family, with both his wife and his twin sons all being brass players “the neighbours love it!” Away from work, he enjoys holidaying with his family, especially in Florida, is a keen runner and cyclist, an enthusiastic scuba diver, and loves nothing more than sitting on the sofa with a few beers on a Sunday afternoon, watching his beloved Manchester United.