A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ashley is an active chamber musician regularly performing in groups throughout the UK and abroad. His wind quintet, the Atéa Wind Quintet, are double prize winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, Kirckman Concert Society Artists and Tunnel Trust award winners.
Ashley is a passionate advocate of contemporary music. As a member of Rarescale, he frequently explores and performs new works for smaller ensemble, often in unusual combinations, such as Michael Oliva’s An Autumn Regret, for Bassoon, Alto Flute and Electronics. He also tackles larger scale contemporary projects with the London Contemporary Orchestra, including a recent performance of Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist work In C at the Barbican London alongside the composer. He has performed two works by Arvo Pärt with Endymion, the first joining forces with the Hilliard Ensemble and the BBC Singers for a live broadcast of Miserere on BBC Radio 3 and the second a performance of Passio at King’s College Chapel with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge.
A keen teacher and coach, Ashley regularly leads chamber music classes and masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatoire where the Atéa Wind Quintet are Associate Ensemble in Residence. He also teaches bassoon at Whitgift School Croydon.
Ashley is involved in a wide range of education and outreach projects, including regular workshops and interactive concerts in residential care settings and SEN schools with Live Music Now. Past projects include family concerts and workshops at the Cheltenham Festival and Wigmore Hall Learning’s ‘Young Persons Guide to Chamber Music’.
Later this year, the Atéa Wind Quintet will be releasing a debut recording with future plans including tours of Scotland and Japan in 2017.