Tim Hawes, who retired last week after playing trumpet in Les Miserables for 34 years, is just warming up for his next career.
His first date after Les Mis was playing a Bach Brandenburg concerto with the Oxford Phil.
He is seing out the season in the opera orchestra at Garsington and will also deputise at English National Opera. Tim plays the natural trumpet as well as the modern trumpet and is a very good piccolo player – lips of steel, his friends say!
Tim, 65, has played trumpet since he was 8 years old.