We are saddened to learn of the death, from cancer, of Adrian Morris, bass trombone of the Hallé Orchestra for the past 18 years.
Previously with the Ulster Orchestra, Adrian – known as Benny – also played with brass bands and jazz orchestras.
Our sympathies to his family and colleagues.
A loss to the brass fraternity and the wider musical world. Saddened by this news.
what instrument is being played in the photo? a variant style of bass trombone? thanks,
Cimbasso. A kind of valved bass trombone (some would say contra-bass trombone) used primarily in Verdi.
In any case it is surprising to see a trombonist play this instrument, not that I have the least doubt in his ability to do so. In Germany the cimbasso is the domain of the tuba players, but perhaps mainly to achieve a better balance between their average workload and the one of the trombonists.
The tuba, bass trombone and the cimbasso all share/use the same size mouth piece. Here in the US both bass trombon and tuba players usually double on the cimbasso.
A true gentleman, with an incredible love for music and his friends. He will truly be missed.
I’ll sadly miss seeing Benny come on the stage with the Halle. I didn’t know him personally but you could tell he had a great personality through his fantastic bass sound filling the northern music halls.
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