A sad day for all at the RLPO today. Legendary trumpeter Alan Stringer MBE died today. He wasn’t far off 84 years old. One of the finest trumpeters ever. RIP ‘Sir Arthur’… (as he was affectionately known to his colleagues in the RLPO).
Stuart Hastain was Alan’s long serving second trumpet and friend. He has written the following moving eulogy to his former colleague…
“Countless people in the musical profession will be saddened by the death of Alan
Stringer, principal trumpet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from 1953 to 1993, apart from a year as principal with the LSO.
I first met Alan when I auditioned in 1962 for the position of third trumpet with the
RLPO. Here was a smiling, fresh faced young man of 33 who, according to the then
Principal trombone, Ray Brown, had not cracked a note for six months! What a comfort to hear that before an audition.
After a while the section was reorganised and I became Alan’s second trumpet until
I left in 1983. Sitting next to him for all those years was a privilege and an inspiration.
Day in, day out, Alan would play superbly, whatever the repertoire. His sound was wonderful, from absolute pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo and, like all great
principal trumpets, he really led the brass section. All this was done on the Bb trumpet
with occasional use of the D trumpet for pieces such as the Bach Bminor mass.
Despite all this exceptional talent Alan was a modest and hugely friendly, generous man. I have never met anyone who did not like him and young players, who would come in as extras, would be treated by Alan as fellow professionals and very rarely
allowed to put their hands in their pockets to pay for a pint of beer!
My sympathy goes to his lovely family- his wife Alice and their children Jim, Malcolm and Miranda. They must be so proud of him and Alan thought the world of
An exceptional talent and a warm hearted caring man. Everyone loved Alan- what an example to us all.”