Pip Eastop is regarded as one of Britain’s finest horn players. His career encompasses the widest possible range of genres and styles of music. At the age of eighteen, after four years of study at the Royal Academy of Music, he joined the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra and became the youngest ever principal solo horn in a European symphony orchestra. At nineteen he was invited back to London to become principal horn in the London Sinfonietta, with whom he performed all over the world and gave many solo performances including Britten’s Serenade at the Queen Elizabeth Hall conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Pip is currently principal horn in the London Chamber Orchestra and appears as guest principal with The Hanover Band, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and all of the major London symphony orchestras. He is also much in demand as a chamber musician. He is very active in the contemporary music scene, both as performer and composer, specialising in ‘extended’ techniques. As a session musician he has been involved in the recording of large numbers of pop and rock tracks and hundreds of film scores.
In 2007 Pip returned to the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra to play ten consecutive performances of Schumann’s Konzertstück in major German concert halls, then later performed the same work at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen.
More recently his recording of Mozart’s four Horn Concerti and the Horn Quintet has been released on the Hyperion label, to great international acclaim.
Pip writes and lectures on teaching and learning horn and on the physiology of breathing technique for wind players. He currently holds a professorial position at the Royal College of Music and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Alex Wide started playing the horn aged 7 in Southampton and progressed throughthe city’s music service until he was 16. He then went on to study with Simonde Souza at the Junior Royal Academy of Music for two years. At 18 he gained aplace to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Richard Bissilland Jeff Bryant where he completed both his undergraduate and masters degreeswith First-class Honours. Since graduating Alex has led a successful freelance career working regularly with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London session orchestras. He is currently on trial for Principal Horn with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. Aside from orchestral playing Alex works in the west end playing on Wicked.
Alex is a horn tutor on ‘theBrassAcademy’ and the Britten Sinfonia Academy.
Martin started his horn playing on a tenor cor progressing to a piston valve horn at St. Leonard’s Comprehensive, County Durham because they had one in the cupboard and needed a horn player in the school orchestra! He studied music at Colchester Institute primarily with Adrian Leaper and then Chris Larkin and more recently has been taught by Tony Halstead. Martin now plays with many local orchestra’s including the Cambridge Philharmonic Society, the Wolsey Orchestra, the Colchester Symphony Orchestra and the East Anglian Chamber Orchestra. Professionally Martin is Managing Director of a specialist manufacturing/contracting company.