Siegfried of the horn!

Carrying on our trip down ERSO’s memory lane…..

Siegfried of the horn is 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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