A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ashley is an active chamber musician regularly performing in groups throughout the UK and abroad. His quintet, the Atéa Wind Quintet, are double prize winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, Kirckman Concert Society Artists and Tunnell Trust award winners.
Ashley is also 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 Royal
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'.