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The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is the brainchild of virtuoso trumpeter, educator and scholar John Wallace. It is brilliant, remarkably eclectic and versatile brass ensemble, not coincidentally bearing both John Wallace’s surname and the title of the famous collection of paintings in London’s West End.

The Wallace Collection is a highly original and pioneering organisation that has specifically been created to extend music performance, research and education along new wide ranging vistas, and its remit is a remarkable synthesis of all these elements. It has undertaken highly ambitious tours to European, American and Third World countries in which the Collection has initiated interactive educational and performing events with many of the local communities. The ensemble’s educational workshops and masterclasses have become internationally acclaimed.

The Wallace Collection has embarked on a series of performances and recordings of international brass music through the centuries played on original, authentic instruments. John Wallace has himself supervised the programme planning and music and instrumental research for all these operations.

For the Wallace Collection John Wallace has carefully handpicked the most versatile, creative and virtuoso brass players in his knowledge, artists who are capable of performing in many different ways and styles as soloists and ensemble musicians and who have a similar outlook on performance, education, research and community interaction to his own.

Paul Gardham, Horn, has performed with the major London orchestras and has held chairs in the Royal Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. His performance at Covent Garden of the demanding, extended horn call by Siegfried in Act Two of Wagner’s opera won extremely high praise.

Simon Gunton, Trombone, has been acclaimed for his exceptional multi-talented virtuosity in orchestral, chamber, authentic period, baroque, contemporary and jazz performance. A highly creative theatrical artist, he devised a one-man entertainment show called "Fools Progress" which was a huge success at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe in 1996.

Robin Haggart, Tuba, is Principal Tuba of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and won the prestigious Shell London Symphony Orchestra Music Scholarship in 1995, performing the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the LSO.

Anthony George, Ophicleide, trained as a tuba player and then became fascinated by the ophicleide. For the last six years he has undertaken extensive research of the instrument’s history and artistic potential. He also directs many ensembles playing authentic period instruments and contemporary music.

John Miller, Trumpet, is a founder member of the Wallace Collection and was formerly a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra playing second trumpet to John Wallace. He has worked extensively with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta. One of the finest and most versatile trumpet artists, he has made many solo recordings of baroque repertoire together with John Wallace. He is profoundly committed to teaching, holding professorships at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Roy Bilham, Trumpet, is the Wallace Collection’s General Manager, and plays with the Collection. He was formerly the Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Bandmaster of the Royal Artillery Band, Britain’s most prestigious army band. He has formed his own brass group and fanfare team.

John Webb, instrument specialist, supplies the Wallace Collection with valuable authentic period instruments and reproductions of historic instruments that are in his personal collection. A former commercial artist, John Webb started his own company to make creative television commercials, directing over 100. For the last 30 years he has been collecting early brass and woodwind instruments. He learned to restore them and later to make reproductions of historic instruments, including baroque trumpets, sackbuts and natural horns. The instruments are also used regularly for education projects and teaching at the Royal Academy of Music.

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