Siegfried of the horn

That’s what Sir Thomas Beecham called Dennis Brain, the British virtuoso horn player who was largely credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. He produced what many still consider to be the definitive recordings of Mozart’s horn concerti.

We’re proud to say that during the 1937/38 season Dennis was the third horn at ERSO.  He joined age 16, introduced by older brother Leonard (an oboist) with the words “He’s been playing the horn for only a couple of years.  He can do things as well as Dad can already!”  As Dad was Aubrey Brain, Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, this was a sign of the great things to come!

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