A brass quintet based near Cambridge & Haverhill, UK

Thursday, March 15, 2007

French Horn - Paul Ryder

Paul Ryder started playing the horn at the age of 8, whilst living in Hampshire, and went on to become principal horn of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. He studied Physics at Oxford from 1995 to 1999 and during this time gave numerous solo, chamber and orchestral performances. He also organised large-scale modern horn recitals and historical chamber music concerts on natural horns at the Bate Collection.

Since moving to East Anglia in 1999, Paul has been principal horn of several orchestras throughout the region and has given a number of concerto performances. He has also worked with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras in France, Italy and the Netherlands.

Having moved to Cambridge in 2004, to work for a technical consultancy, he continues to perform with a wide variety of orchestras and musical groups, including Cambridge Orchestra Cambridge Winds and Lavenham Sinfonia. Paul avidly explores all aspects of horn playing and, as well as having a small collection of natural and early valve horns, experiments with the use of the horn in as many musical genres as possible!