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Sunday 16th October

Registration starts at 10a.m., the Lead Artist Recital will begin at 11 a.m., and the day finishes with a Gala concert starting at 6p.m. which will end at about 7.30.


  • Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD. The location is easily reached from central London – twelve minutes by train to West Dulwich from London Victoria, or four from Brixton station; bus services numbers 3, 155, P4 and P13 pass close to the college and there is also parking on site. More information can be found on the College website
  • There already many exhibitors signed up and there is ample space in which to try instruments and kit – right next to the main concert hall. We will use rooms in the Music block for two sessions of tutored groups, and this building also has a café which will be open for part of the day.
  • Registration for the BHS Festival and most of the events will take place in ‘The Laboratory’ building, which can be found on the map right of centre.

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Featured Artists:

Samuel BambergSamuel is solo horn with the Hessische Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester – known in the UK as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He was born in Osterburg (Altmark) in 1978 and, after studying in Berlin, played principal horn with the Munich Philharmonic, the Nuremburg Philharmonic and the Deutsches Symphonie, Berlin, in the period 1998 to 2004. He was then appointed solo horn with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and has been in his present post since 2006.

His most recent solo CD was issued by Pan Classics to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. This recording, made with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sebastian Weigle, includes both of Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerti together with the first Horn Concerto by his father, Franz Strauss. These performances have received wide critical acclaim. They are first and foremost wonderfully musical performances.

Pip Eastop 2 Mozart Concerto Recordings 2014 HyperionPip Eastop is one of London’s most versatile horn players. His playing encompasses the widest range of styles including baroque and classical ‘historically informed’ performance, contemporary art music, chamber music, commercial sessions and both jazz and free improvisation. He has played with all the major London orchestras as guest principal horn and on countless film scores, TV shows and recordings of pop and rock music. The Royal Academy of Music has honoured him with a Fellowship and hehas been professor of  horn at both the RAM and RCM.

His recent recoding of Mozart’s four horn concerti and horn quintet was released last year on Hyperion Records and went immediately to No. 1 in the Classical Charts.

Nicolas FleuryNicolas is principal horn of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra, in addition to being the Emerging Artist with the London Sinfonietta.

He began playing the horn, both valved and natural, at the age of eight. On completing his studies in his native France – first, in Nantes Conservatoire, and later in the Regional Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison near Paris – he continued his education at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of professors Timothy Brown, Timothy Jones and Sue Dent. He graduated in 2009 with distinction and the Tagore Gold Medal.

He appears frequently as a guest principal horn in orchestras as varied as the London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Academy of St. Martins-in-the-Fields, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir John Elliot Gardiner and Murray Perahia – to name just a few.

As a soloist, Nicolas regularly performs various works for horn and orchestra, including the Mozart horn concerti, Villanelle by Paul Dukas and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

MatthewHornMatthew Horn studied with David Pyatt, Jonathan Lipton and Alec Frank-Gemmill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the James Anthony Horne Award. This Autumn he begins a Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music as a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder, where his teachers will be Simon Rayner, Tim Jones, Jeff Bryant and John Ryan. He performed Anthony Payne’s Horn Trio, live on Radio 3, in a BBC Proms Extra event, Composers in Conversation, in July 2016. Other recent solo performances include Britten’s Canticle III in the Barbican Hall.

Matthew is the only British member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, as of this year, and has been principal horn of the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and the Arch Sinfonia for the past couple of years. Another highlight for him, in June this year, was doubling first horn in a side-by-side performance of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique with the L.S.O. and G.S.M.D. orchestra directed by Sir Simon Rattle.

His links with the BHS are nice ones: one of Matthew’s earliest teachers was Laura Tanner (ex BHS Committee). She took him along to BHS Festivals in Bristol and Cardiff, where he met Simon de Souza (ex Vice-Chairman) who taught him at the Junior R.A.M. Recently Matthew has had some private lessons with Hugh Seenan (ex Chairman), and his first orchestral experience came sitting next to current Committee member, Paul Sawbridge, during a side by side concert Bristol.

Jim-Rattigan-railings (2)Jim has been established as the UK’s foremost jazz horn performer for many years.

He has performed all over the world both as a jazz soloist and as a band member of various groups. These include the Michael Brecker Quindectet, the Charlie Haden/Carla Bley Liberation Music Orchestra, the McCoy Tyner Big Band, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, the Creative Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau with the Britten Sinfonia, the Guy Barker Big Band and the Simon Purcell Octet. Jim has toured and recorded with the Mike Gibbs band and the Hans Koller band with Steve Swallow and Bill Frisell, Julian Arguelles Ensemble, Mark Lockheart’s Scratch Band and the London Sinfonietta.

He studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. While a student, he was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and a founder member of the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra (Eurojazz). On leaving college he embarked on a free-lance career working with all the major London symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and smaller ensembles. He joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where he was a member for six years. During this time he also worked with the Bobby Lamb/Ray Premru Big Band and played on the Mike Gibbs album By The Way.

Highlights of our two concerts

We are excited that Samuel Seidenberg is to play at our Festival this year. Many will know him for his playing on CD, but few in the UK will have heard him live. The piece he wanted to play more than any other was one of the earliest concertos written for the valve horn, by the 19th century German composer Clemens August Kiel. It is a technically demanding piece even today, and we are pleased to give people a rare chance to hear this piece with an orchestral accompaniment arranged by John Humphries.

To accompany Samuel we shall, again, have the Trinity-Laban Conservatoire Orchestra under the direction of Michael Murray and the Trinity-Laban Horn Ensemble will also feature in the Gala concert.

We also have two contrasting trios for horn, violin and piano. In the morning concert Matthew Horn reprises the Horn Trio by Anthony Payne which he broadcast live on Radio 3 in July this year. Payne was commissioned in 2006 to write a piece to celebrate an American couple’s diamond wedding. He could see how duologues between the male horn and female violin with the intermediary piano could pay a gracious tribute to their marriage. In the evening there is a complete contrast to this when the superbly innovative Jim Rattigan plays tracks from his latest jazz CD Triplicity for the same combination.

Nicolas Fleury brings his Bournemouth Symphony colleagues, Ruth Spicer, Robert Harris and Ed Lockwood to a Festival for the first time since Southampton in 2004. They will be playing as a quartet, taking some of the Tutored Groups sessions, and Nicolas himself will be taking a fresh look at his fellow countryman, Paul Dukas’s, Villanelle.

ursula-and-martin-bhs-1Pip Eastop’s new piece Set the Wild Echoes Flying does things on a hand horn that haven’t been heard since the days of Eugène Vivier – and then some! As well as three readers (three of the poems used by Britten in the Serenade) it calls for a pedal G drone of as many ‘assistants’ as can be mustered – you have been warned!

We are delighted that Ursula Paludan Monberg , principal horn of the English Concert and Martin Lawrence of the Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment will join us in the evening Gala concert to play the Telemann F Major Suite on Baroque horns

We finish the day with the All Star Festival Horns playing Ted Chance’s take on Tchaikovsky: Italian ~ Capisce? Ted says it’s the best Pizza Music he’s ever stolen.

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  • 10.00 Registration opens. There is a chance to look around the many exhibitors’ stands (which will be open all day adjacent to the main hall) and also to register for the tutored groups of all abilities, if you wish to play.
  • 11.00 Lead Artist Recital
  • 12.15 to 13.10 Tutored groups

Café in the Lord George Building open for food and refreshments from 12.15

  •  13.45 BHS Annual General Meeting
  • 14.30 to 15.25 A choice: either further playing in Tutored Groups, or, to listen to Pip Eastop giving a lecture/demonstration on hand techniques
  • 16.00 to 16.45 Another choice: either a talk and taster session on the classic French trompe de chasse with Andy Wilby OR The Tony Catterick Interview with retiring BHS Chairman Chris Larkin
  • 17.00 to 17.30 Mass Blow rehearsal
  • 17.30 Mass Blow Performance in the North Cloister
  • 18.00 to 19.30 Gala Concert