James Watson (trumpeter)
Professor James Watson FRAM (4 September 1951 – 6 February 2011) held principal trumpet posts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House and London Sinfonietta. His international chamber music work included the Nash Ensemble and leading the world-famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He was particularly active in film and television having recorded with Elton John, Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel. Watson's conducting positions included Artistic Director of the Black Dyke Mills Band, 1992–2000.
He was very active as a teacher and had been Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music since 2001.
Watson's death was announced on 6 February 2011.