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Dear Alan,

The sound was exactly what I was looking for, the intonation was very good, and it was incredibly notchy and easy to play, with a great f-alto side.

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Alan Wiltshire - Proprietor


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Formerly Music Director, A&R Director and Senior and Executive Producer at Nimbus Records, Alan Wiltshire has worked as a producer with many of the great orchestras of the world, winning Gramophone, Grande Prix de Disque, Koussevitsky and Stern des Monats awards, amongst others.

He has produced over 300 orchestral CDs, working with the London Symphony, Philharmonia and Hungarian State Symphony Orchestras and the London Sinfonietta, to name but a few. These include the great Stravinsky ballet suites (Rite of Spring, Petrouchka, Firebird) with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Miraculous Mandarin with Adam Fischer, a Haydn symphony cycle recorded in the Esterhazy Palace, Eisenstadt, where these works were first performed under the composer's direction - again with Adam Fischer - and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony coupled with Kodaly's Hary Janos with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Alan also produced virtually all the Wallace Collection CDs - featuring the great trumpeter, John Wallace - on which some of the most spectacular brass playing ever recorded can be heard, much of it with Evelyn Glennie guesting on percussion. Have a listen to their Pictures at an Exhibition CD (Collins Classics) on which you will also hear Alan's stunning arrangement for brass and percussion of Mussorgsky's original Night on the Bare Mountain.

Alan studied music at York University, winning the Performing Rights Society’s prestigious John Lennon Memorial Award, with which he studied for an MMus Tonmeister in twentieth century composition, analysis and sound recording at the University of Surrey. He also holds a Diploma in Composition from Trinity College, London, and was a freelance horn player until his recent retirement from professional playing in August 2010.

Here he is again, this time on holiday in Spain, June 09:

 

... and with the beautiful Stella, also in Spain:

 

 

Stella is our administrator and general boss.  She keeps us guys in check, you can be guaranteed.

Here she is in our garden, looking imp-like:

 

and this time in the conservatory:

 

You may be interested to know that Alan's horn-playing started in his local youth orchestra, the Southampton Youth Orchestra, which he joined when he was 13.

Here's a picture of the Southampton Youth Orchestra taken in 1968/9. You can see Alan, aged 14, in the seated back row, third from the left, between the music stands! Click on the picture to enlarge. See also Evan Watkin, legendary trombone player (standing, 4th from left - that's him playing the dominant 7th arpeggio on Sgt Pepper's) and Bill Thompson, legendary horn player and Alan's teacher (standing, 6th from left).  If any of you knew Bill Thompson - he had a club fist, on which he always wore a black sock - please get in touch with Alan via email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sadly, Jethro our Dalmatian - pictured here with Attila the Hun and Trevor McDonald (formerly known as Batman) - has died.  We miss him dearly, and he will always be our trademark.

But now we have Zappa:

 

 

 

He's a cross between a German short-haired Pointer and a Labrador, both black.  Here he is attacking Stella:

Watch this space for further developments...