Baltimore horn is Covent Garden’s new principal

Baltimore horn is Covent Garden’s new principal


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2020

We have to hear from Baltimore that Phil Munds has won the #1 horn seat at the Royal Opera House.

Covent Garden never tell anyone anything.

Must be time for us to do another world’s worst press office list.



  • Anon says:

    Well this looks like a lovely full circle indeed! His bio says his mother was once the children’s chorus director at Covent Garden. Well done!

  • Siegfried says:

    The ROH have 2 principal horns – the other is David Pyatt.

  • Axl says:

    David Pyatt was also appointed new principal to Covent Garden last year. Two new first horns

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    If you are a fan of the Baltimore SO, its pretty apparent that quite a few high profile players are leaving for better jobs. Another wakeup call for management to support the orchestra with a good contract not only to retain players but to attract new ones.

  • John Garrity says:

    Congratulations to him! As a fellow Baltimorian, I hope he remembers to pack his Old Bay.

  • Davey says:

    Hasn’t the tuba player fled the depths of the pit for the LSO too?

  • Andrew Balio says:

    We will miss his impeccable playing, as will our audiences.

  • Terry Frederick says:

    Well done, Phil. Just watching the PROMS performance on MPT as part of their COVID19 programming. A great performance!