French conductor, Yan Pascal Tortelier declared his greatest regret in music to an interview in The Guardian newspaper, “…Asking the Brass section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to come in my face!” Perhaps just asking us to play louder would have been sufficient.
The Trumpet Section
Rhys Owens[far right]: Paul Marsden: Brendan Ball
The lineage of trumpeters from which Rhys and Brendan decsend goes directly all the way back to Thomas Harper Snr, G.F. Handel’s famous Trumpeter. Sadly, Paul had trumpet lessons on the other side of the park.
RLPO 2nd horn Martin Taggart explained difficulty reading the way his music was printed as being the reason for his errant performance. Norman Del Mar, the conductor, and in a former chosen profession Dennis Brain’s 2nd horn in the Philharmonia sympathised, “…Yes, yes. I see the problem. Alas, it is your problem!.”
Tim Jackson: Simon Griffifths: David Pigott: Tim Nicholson: Chris Morley
Distinguished Czech conductor Libor Pesek pondered his score. “Colleagues, I see the problem. It is the F in Horn.”
The Wagner Tuba section
Simon Cowen [Near left]: Blyth Lindsay: Simon Chappell
“Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them.” Richard Strauss
“Remember, the trombone is your natural enemy.” Michael Laird