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
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.