London’s premier tuba blasts his lastmain
Mahler’s seventh symphony at the Barbican last night marked the retirement concert of Patrick Harrild, principal tuba for 29 years and a notable voice on the orchestra’s board. He was also the principal exponent of the rather lovely Vaughan Williams tuba concerto.
Patrick went out last night with the most serene opening-movement solo.
The right-hand back wall won’t look the same without him.