47th INTERNATIONAL HORN SYMPOSIUM +
by Willi Watson
French Horns flash mobbed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
during the International Horn Symposium 2015.
out the report on the First British Horn Festival on Easter Saturday 1980!!
That was the day when John Wates and myself founded the British Horn Society
... we had between 500 - 600 attend at the Guildhall School of Music,
Barbican but I still can't work out how many actually played in Alan Civil's
arrangement of "Egmont" overture as I was so busy organising
the stands and music and making sure the pro players (many from overseas)
were nicely dotted about to encourage the youngsters and amateurs. I MCd
the whole day which started with me and my team hiring 100 extra chairs
and putting them in the recital hall, therefore far exceeding the audience
size allowable by fire regs!! In our first ever BHS meeting scheduled
into the mornings proceedings I proposed and almost unanimously had Alan
Civil accepted as our first President. Ya, boo, sucks Tuckwell I thought
... you're a bloody Aussie and choose to live t'other side of t'pond (though
I'm assured SOME ex-pats are jolly good sorts?????!!!!!!!!). He'd been
IHS President for several years in the '70s.