John Wallace CBE, Trumpet
John Wallace grew up in the Brass Band tradition in Scotland. In 1965 he toured Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and went on to become Principal Trumpet with the Philharmonia Orchestra after periods with the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras as Assistant Principal.
In 1986, John created his flexible brass interest group, The Wallace Collection, who made over 30 solo and ensemble CDs and undertook a wide variety of performance tours and innovative musical projects. During his first career as a trumpet player, John played concertos with many conductors including Simon Rattle, Andrew Davis, Riccardo Muti, Giseppe Sinopoli, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, and premiered new works by Malcolm Arnold, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, James Macmillan, Tim Souster, Robert Saxton, Mark Anthony Turnage, HK Gruber and Dominic Muldeowny amongst many others.
In 2002 he became Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a multidisciplinary institution of Drama, Dance, Production, Screen and Music. He left this position in September 2014 to resume his musical career, reforming The Wallace Collection, and composing new music for brass.
John was awarded the OBE in 1995 in recognition of his distinguished services to Music, and the CBE in 2011 for services to Dance, Music and Drama in Scotland.
Kathryn Bryan, Flute
Katherine Bryan made her concerto debut at the age of 15 with Daniel Harding and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and later made her US concerto debut at the Lincoln Centre with the Juilliard Orchestra. She has since performed as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Halle, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras.
Katherine studied at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester and won a full scholarship to study flute at the Juilliard School, New York with Jeanne Baxtresser and Carol Wincenc. She was a prize winner at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions. She was awarded the Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society. At the age of just 21, she was appointed Principal Flute with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra - a position she holds today in addition to appearing as concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide.
Katherine is currently a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. She a regular Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has also played Guest Principal with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scotttish, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Seattle Symphony, Swedish Radio and London Symphony orchestras.