3 Duets for Solo Horn interviews – Part 2

Richard and Andrew horn interview In the sweltering summer of 2022, horn player Richard Wainwright asked composer Andrew Melvin to write a piece for his recital, programmed as part of the Octagon Music Society’s concert series in Watford. The piece, called 3 Duets for Solo Horn, was premièred in November after three months of creative…

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Southwell Music Festival by Robert Parker

North and South join with the East Midlands at the Southwell Music Festival by Robert Parker   This year the hugely successful Southwell Music Festival in the heart of Nottinghamshire returned for a full six days. The 2020 Festival had to be cancelled due to the lockdown and 2021 saw a partial return, with 2022…

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Stephen Williams and the first Woodhead & Woodhead horn

In the words of Stephen Williams – owner of the first Woodhead & Woodhead double horn “For me, the story starts back in June 2021. I had been on furlough for 18 months, had started 50% part-time working two months prior to that, and been considering taking up playing again after a five-year break. What…

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Free library downloads: Marilyn Bone Kloss transcriptions

Marilyn Bone Kloss has very kindly donated several transcription to the BHS library for members to freely download and use. PDFs are available here: Heller Studies for Piano arr. for four horns Bach Two-part Inventions for two horns Schubert “Allegretto” D915 for four horn Chopin Prelude No. 20 for four horns  

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“From Dennis Brain’s Library” – the making of a CD by Steve Stirling

Mining the Archives: An exploration of the personal music library of Dennis Brain In 2013 I was tipped off that Dennis Brain’s music library had been bought at auction by Mark Andrews, lawyer, and rather fine amateur horn player. In 1998 Sotheby’s had listed the extensive collection immediately between some manuscript pages of Beethoven’s Missa…

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Philharmonia – opening season concert

The Philharmonia opened their 2021-2 season with a spectacular performance of John Luther Adam’s Across the Distance. It was played by 24 horns in the public spaces of the Royal Festival Hall on 30th September 2021. Across the Distance was supported by John and Carol Wates. All photos by Luca Migliore/Philharmonia

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Allotments by Robert Parker

After eighteen long months of pandemic-induced inactivity, many horn players, including me, belong to that unfortunate group of musical “Bobby-No-Gigs”, so I was delighted to be asked by Stuart Bower (ex-Opera North) to play some brass quintets at Nottingham’s internationally renown allotments.  “Allotments?”, I hear you ask… For those of you not quite up-to-speed in…

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A Short Horn Tale by Trevor Harrison

I play an alto horn.  ‘What!’ I hear you say, ‘Alto horns are for the elite players, the people who play the big solos.  But you are just a regular amateur player, why are you playing an alto horn?’  This is true, I am just a regular amateur player and I do not aspire to…

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