Joe Atkins was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. He made his professional debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16 and, after studying at the Royal Academy of Music, joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1984. He is now a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having been appointed sub-principal trumpet in 2010. He has performed as guest principal in most of the orchestras throughout Britain including the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a former member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, and has been a member of the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble over the past 25 years.