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UK conservatory chief quits

John Wallace is stepping down as principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September 2014, having served for 12 years. Wallace, who is in his mid-60s, was a blazing principal trumpet in the glory-days Philharmonia,  1976-1995, and a member of the London Sinfonietta. He has premiered works by Tim Souster, Peter Maxwell DaviesMalcolm Arnold, Dominic Muldowney, Robert SaxtonJames MacMillan, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. News of his retirement comes on the Classical Music website.


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  1. Iain Sinclair says:

    Just to be accurate, John is retiring in September 2014. Until then the RCS will continue to benefit from his inspired leadership.

  2. bravo John for all those years of inspired playing and all those years of hard slog in Glasgow….Now maybe you can enjoy some peace and quiet in the south of France……I can recommend it!!

  3. Congratulations john! Wishing you very very well on the next exciting instalment of you career!! Enjoy and all the very best to you and the family!

  4. Pira Beresford says:

    To this day the greatest orchestral principal trumpet I have ever heard. I shall never forget the many performances of Mahler 5 driven forward by his fabulous playing.

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