He is a trombonist, composer, and teacher born in
Pendre, Wales. He was first confronted
with music when his mother used to take him to see the local Salvation Army
band before he was even four years old. His father gave him his first lessons, followed by the
bandleader Reg Little and then the conductor/trombonist Harold Laycock and
during these early years he would play solo engagements at the local chapel
and join the Parc and Dare Band. When he was fifteen, in 1947, he was awarded a
scholarship to study the trombone at the Royal Academy of Music in London
and by the time he was eighteen he was already performing with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra. He left
the Royal Academy when he was nineteen, before graduating, and joined the
RPO on a full time basis, occasionally filling in at the Royal Academy
Orchestra for his previous teacher even though he was no longer at the
school. In 1953 he left the
RPO to join the Sadlers Wells Opera as First Trombone and after three years
he was invited to join the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden, where he would stay for the next four decades. He has often performed with other
ensemble and orchestras through these 40 years, including the Hamburg Opera
and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
His own compositions for the trombone include Classical Trios for
Trombone and Four Solo Pieces (trombone/Piano). In the recording studio he has
featured on albums such as Manhole by Grace Slick, Classics for
Brass, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition and Festive Brass
by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and released the 45 single "Contrasts"
with Don Lusher and Maurie Murphy.
As a teacher he has been a Professor on the faculty of the Royal
Academy of Music and Golds College in London. He retired from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in
1997 when he was 65 years old.