Welcome to my website

It was suggested that the creation of a website might be a useful way of allowing my exercises and technical and melodic studies to be accessible. I have written these over the months of lockdown in 2020 and will shortly be available to download if any players consider them useful for their playing.
Over the months I may also post sundry writings, mostly in the form of memoirs that I have produced over the years. They are mostly personal reminiscences, and while of perhaps limited literary value they contain a good deal of material that may be of interest to musicians.
Finally, I hope soon to give details of my book on horn playing, which is nearing completion.
  • Roosevelt in Hampshire and Sundry Memories
    This June 9 will mark the 111th anniversary of the meeting, in England in 1910, between former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and British Foreign Secretary…
  • Mahler No.2 in York Minster – A Memoir
    In July 1969 I was still playing in the Hallé Orchestra, but had recently done a trial in two Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra…
  • Fishy Tales
    In this enforced lockdown my thoughts have been recently turning to events, some happier than others, that have shaped my life. Events and people have…
  • Positive practice is your path to success
    This is taken from a talk I gave at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama When are lectures and ‘talks’ useful?  When students…
  • Playing The Horn
    No doubt the psychologists will, one day, describe in detail why one young person will take up what was once called the French Horn –…