Amos studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and trombone at the Royal Academy of Music, learning with John Berry, Eric Crees, Denis Wick and Ian Bousfield, and played principal trombone for the National and European Youth Orchestras. Having gained the Dip.RAM, the RAM’s highest award for performance, he completed the Jazz Course at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, under artists such as Jim Hall and Kenny Wheeler.
He is a founder member of internationally acclaimed brass quintet Onyx Brass, and has combined the post of principal trombone with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet) with a busy freelance career in which he has worked as guest principal trombone with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Philharmonic, English National Opera, and Royal Opera House Orchestras, as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin's, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also a member of the City of London Sinfonia. He has also played for over 100 film soundtracks, including 'Lord of the Rings', 'Harry Potter', 'Terminator Salvation', 'Inception', ‘Paddington’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Superman’, ‘Wonderwoman’, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, and ‘Godzilla’.
Amos has performed under esteemed conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Marriner, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Amos is the co-author of "Time Pieces for Trombone" (ABRSM), the author of "A New Tune a Day for Trombone", (Boston Music Company), and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He has been one of the trombone professors at the Royal College of Music since 2015. As a teacher with over 25 years experience, he is especially interested in the relationship between mental well-being, posture and breathing, and their effects on performance.
Away from the musical world, he is a keen photographer, cook, outdoors lover, and sofa-based sports fan.