2016 RPS Instrument Purchase Grant recipient
Harry Ridler is an undergraduate student at Birmingham Conservatoire studying Tenor Horn with first study coaching from Owen Farr. Throughout his study he has been a member of the very successful Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band, conducted by Ian Porthouse (Tredegar Town Band), who have been awarded second place in both the 2016 and 2017 UniBrass contests. Harry’s musical interest first began in primary school after hearing both his uncle and brother playing brass and as a result decided to start to learn the trumpet. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Harry shortly substituted his trumpet for the Cornet to be able to join the Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band. This is where he spent a majority of his musical years advancing through the ranks. Ultimately, after his time as Principle Cornet, in 2014 Harry decided to make the change onto Tenor Horn, and subsequently discovered his speciality. Harry was also invited to the 2016 Tenor Horn Conference run in Scotland by Owen Farr. Harry is very grateful of the support of the Royal Philharmonic Society in the assisted funding of a new Tenor Horn which will greatly benefit his progress through university and beyond.
(Updated September 2017)
Joseph Straker, double bassist studying at the Guildhall School: likes classical, jazz and salsa and the RPS Sir John Barbirolli Foundation which helped buy his new bass.
DID YOU KNOW?
The RPS Gold Medal for outstanding musicianship has been awarded only 100 times since 1871.