Oliver graduated from his undergraduate course at Royal College of Music in July 2016, where he was supported by a scholarship through a Jane Barker award. Originally from Sussex, he followed both his parents by beginning to play the tenor horn in his local Brass Band at the age of six. Despite not playing the tuba, at the age of eleven he gained a place at the Junior Guildhall School of Music of Drama, where he began his Tuba studies with Graham Sibley (2004).
In 2008 he gained a place at the Purcell School where he then studied with Stephen Wick and as the school's only Tuba player he was a mainstay in the school ensembles, performing regularly with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra on the Southbank at both the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as at the Wigmore Hall with the school's Senior Brass Quintet.
At the Royal College of Music, he studied both Bass and Contra-Bass Tuba with Lee Tsarmaklis of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Pete Smith of the Philharmonia. Here he performed regularly with both the Royal College's Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras and was lucky enough to perform under the batons of Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vladimir Jurowski amongst others.
Oliver was selected for the English National Opera's evolve scheme (2015-16) and has sat within the Philharmonia Orchestra numerous times during the duration of his Bachelors course. Throughout his Undergraduate course he also performed regularly with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (YMSO) at St. John Smith Square and began teaching at Richmond Music Trust in 2015 during his second year of Studies.
In 2016 Oliver continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, beginning his Master of Music course in September of that year. His studies were again supported through a Jane Barker award. In the summer term of this his first year of Postgraduate Study Oliver won the Royal College of Music Tuba Prize, adjudicated by David Gordon-Shute.
In July 2017 Oliver enlisted to Royal Air Force - Music Services and was posted to the Central Band of the Royal Air Force shortly afterwards. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF, and he will be taking part in numerous exciting engagements, including a tour to the United States and performances throughout the UK, including a Gala Evening at the Royal Albert Hall.
Oliver looks forward to completing his Masters course at the Royal College of Music on a part-time basis as he begins what he hopes will be a long and successful career with the Royal Air Force Music Services.
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