Principal Horn (2009)
John began playing the horn with Padraig Diggin and the Rathfarnham Concert Band in Dublin. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in 2001 where he studied with Jeff Bryant and Richard Bissill. He was appointed co-principal horn with the London Symphony Orchestra in the same year. John has played as guest-principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was appointed principal horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009.
As soloist John has performed both Strauss Horn Concertos, the Mozart Concertos and the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. He has recorded Mozart’s 2nd Horn Concerto on the Lyric label with the RTE Concert Orchestra and TV appearances include ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘The Mozart Sessions’ on RTE.
As a chamber musician John has appeared as featured artist in festivals in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He also enjoys playing in big bands and appeared with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in Ronnie Scotts in London. Other ensembles include the LSO Brass ensemble, London Winds, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Vogler quartet. In 2000 John had a go at marching and playing at the same time as part of the Olympic Marching Band in Sydney and while not claiming to be at all useful in a multi-tasking capacity, managed not to trip himself or anyone else up during the opening ceremony.
Principal Horn (2013)
Chair supported by Simon Robey
David Pyatt won the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 14. Following this success he embarked on a solo career which has taken him throughout the United Kingdom, as well as to Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan with an extensive range of repertoire from Telemann, Haydn and Mozart to those of leading contemporary composers. In the UK he has worked with many top orchestras and made his BBC Promenade début in 1993. From 1998 to 2012 he was Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed Principal Horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.
His recordings for EMI of the Strauss Concertos and the Britten Serenade with the Britten Sinfonia and Nicholas Cleobury were met with tremendous critical acclaim, with Gramophone naming him as their Young Artist of the Year. In 1996 he signed an exclusive contract with Erato Disques. His first disc on Erato, featuring the Mozart Concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, was Gramophone’s Recording of the Month in July 1997. His second disc of horn and piano works with Martin Jones was followed by a recording of English music with Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Peter Donohoe and Levon Chilingirian. In 2003 a recording of Schubert's Auf dem Strom with Michael Schade and Graham Johnson was issued by Hyperion. Spring 2006 saw the release of his recording for Quartz of the Brahms Horn Trio with members of the Gould Piano Trio.
Martin Hobbs studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Mike Purton. In his final year of college he joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as 5th horn, moving to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as second horn in 1991, and to the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996. His chamber music highlights have been taking part in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Wigmore Hall series and in particular performing all the wind music of Richard Strauss as well as Mozart's Horn Quintet.
Martin’s non-musical interests revolve around exercise: cycling in the summer, squash in the winter and something approximating running whilst on tour! The summer also gives him a chance to get competitive on the Croquet lawn and on the table tennis table at Glyndebourne.
Co-Principal Horn (2011)
In 1986 Gareth Mollison realised his student day ambition by becoming second horn of the London Philharmonic. Enthusiasm for the orchestra continued through Gareth’s years as a student at The Royal Academy of Music. “Even as a kid I used to bunk off school to listen to the LPO in rehearsal.”
Orchestral appointments include two seasons as co-principal horn of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and English National Opera as second horn. Shortly after joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986 Gareth became a student at the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington. He has also gained a BA in Applied Philosophy at Middlesex University.
Attempts to invent a boost to income saw patents for “The Fat Trap” and “The Music Business Game”. Gareth’s much copied “International Cue Cards” -a collection of pictures to facilitate language free communication in restaurants- was briefly marketed by Go Travel. More recent channelling of the creative drive has produced three feature length screenplays, leading to a period of research and learning including online courses from UCLA on screenwriting. Now with a four year old daughter, Gareth is hoping to find time to write again.
Principal Trumpet (1994)
Paul Beniston studied music at Bristol University and later received a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music. He served as Co-Principal Trumpet at English National Opera for four years from 1989-93 and then in 1994 joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Trumpet. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and is the featured instrumentalist on a number of the Orchestra’s recordings including Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Dave Heath’s African Sunrise. Paul was a member of London Brass from 1996 to 2002 and is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Chair supported by Geoff and Meg Mann
Anne McAneney was born and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Goldsmiths College, London, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the Principal’s Prize. She received a BMus from Goldsmiths College and a Masters Degree from Reading University. Anne made a living as a freelance musician in London before being appointed Principal Trumpet of the Royal Ballet Orchestra, making her the first woman to hold a principal trumpet chair in the UK. Anne was a member of London Brass for 23 years. She joined the trumpet section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000 and is a Professor of Trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Co-Principal Trumpet (2002)
Nicholas Betts studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While a student he was Principal Trumpet of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and later, of the European Community Youth Orchestra. In 1989 he won the Barry Kerry and Leonard Rice Memorial Prize for Trumpet and the Philip Jones Prize for Brass. After graduating, Nicholas’s diverse freelance career combined working in television, film, West End musicals as well as playing for the London orchestras. In 1995 he left London to become Principal Trumpet with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, returning two years later to become Principal Trumpet with the City of London Sinfonia. In 2002 Nicholas joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Co–Principal Trumpet. He performs regularly as a soloist, and in recent years has performed the Haydn and Hummel concertos and in 2008 completed a series of performances of a new concerto by Dan Jenkins written especially for him. Nicholas has also recorded the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and the Vivaldi Double Trumpet Concerto with CLS.
Mark Templeton began playing the trombone at the age of ten and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received the Brass Prize in 1996. Also in that year he won a place in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and in 1998 he was awarded the International Trombone Association Philharmonic Prize in America. Prior to joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2006, Mark had a full and varied freelance career playing with most of the UK orchestras and various continental ones. He currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
David Whitehouse studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2002-2008 before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. As a trombone player he is sometimes also required to play euphonium and bass trumpet. He is a member of two brass quintets, Alberti Brass and the Albion Brass Consort.
Principal Bass Trombone (2009)
Lyndon Meredith studied trombone at the Birmingham Conservatoire before joining the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and working as a freelancer in Great Britain. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009.
As a bass trombone player there haven’t been many opportunities for solo performances, but one highlight was playing “Frosty the snowman” with the Desford Colliery Band.
Lyndon is a keen supporter of West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
Principal Tuba (2000)
Lee Tsarmaklis was born in Athens and emigrated to England whilst still a young boy. He began learning the tuba at the age of 13, and later went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1990, he was appointed Principal Tuba of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. His career then took him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and finally to the London Philharmonic Orchestra where he was appointed Principal Tuba in 2000. Lee also teaches tuba at the Royal College of Music.
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