John Humphries
John Humphries was born in Sheffield and read Music at Oxford University. Subsequently he attended the Guildhall School of Music where he studied the natural horn with Anthony Halstead. His editions of horn music have been performed by many of the world’s leading horn players including Barry Tuckwell, Michael Thompson, Eric Ruske, Anthony Halstead, Stephen Stirling, Javier Bonet and Frank Lloyd and his reconstructions of Mozart’s incomplete horn concerto movements have been praised for their “polish, authenticity, good scholarship and talent”.

He is also well known as an arranger: one of his arrangements appears both on the legendary London Horn Sound CD and on a Youtube video performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s horn section while others have been played world-wide by the Wallace Collection. His arrangements for young players appear on all the main examination syllabuses in the UK. As a writer, he has contributed booklet notes for many CDs and programme notes for hundreds of concerts. He has contributed articles and reviews for The Horn Player, the Horn Magazine, Historic Brass Society Journal and Brass Bulletin. His book, The Early Horn, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000 and has been described as “a superb book” “packed with usefulness”. “Rarely can anything have been written on the early history of the horn that is quite as accessible and flowing.”

John has been involved with the BHS since it started and well remembers the excitement surrounding the first ever Horn Festival in 1980. His enthusiasm for the instrument, its music, its players and the BHS in general burns as enthusiastically now as it did then!