Les Whitehouse was born in 1960 and raised in Dudley, West Midlands.
He played his first tune on a toy piano at the age of four having heard it on the radio. His parents bought him a recorder and music books and he taught himself to read and play music. He soon progressed to a full-size piano and continued to self-teach using tuition books.
At 13 he was asked by his music teacher at Dudley Grammar School if he wanted to try a brass instrument. This opened up a new world of music as he soon played solo tenor horn in the school band, moving up to solo euphonium; meanwhile, he played principal French horn in the school orchestra before moving onto tuba.
However, he always wanted to play trombone, but there were a lack of vacancies. Undeterred, he borrowed a spare trombone, took it home to try and never looked back; teaching himself to play (he is still trying to get it right!).
He played principal trombone with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra for many years and has for the CBSO Youth Orchestra; aged 55!
In addition to playing with the Holborne Brass Ensemble, Les plays principal trombone with the Midland Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Of Birmingham and The Orchestra Of St John, Bromsgrove.
By day Les is an IT Engineer with Sopra Steria.
Les is a founder member of the Holborne Brass Ensemble.