A London principal horn tells allmain
John Burden was principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra during the turbulent years of the mid-20th century.
His son Tim has found a tape of his father’s reminiscences, including why he turned down a Philharmonia offer to sit beside Dennis Brain.
Among other career highlights, he performed at the Queen’s Coronation and transcribed Paul McCartney’s hums into the brass part on Sergeant Pepper’s title track. He tells it all in the phlegmatic manner of British musicians of his time.
John Burden died in 2010 at the age of 89.