The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection brings together a group of extraordinary musicians, presenting a unique combination of performance, education, innovation, creativity, research and development. Together they embrace the potential of brass music, where anything becomes possible.
John Wallace – Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel
John Wallace grew up in the Brass Band tradition in Scotland. In 1965 he toured Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and went on to become Principal Trumpet with the Philharmonia Orchestra after periods with the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras as Assistant Principal. In 1986 he created his internationally acclaimed brass group, The Wallace Collection and in 2002 he took up the position as Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) – a position he held until leaving in 2014 to resume his musical career, reforming The Wallace Collection, and composing new music for brass.
John Miller – Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel
John Miller began his musical life playing cornet with a local brass band in Fife, Scotland. He became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and went on to study music at Kings College, Cambridge. This was a particularly significant period in his performance career and saw John perform with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and on to join the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the Philharmonia Orchestra and as a founder member of The Wallace Collection.
John Logan – French Horn/Tenor Horn
John Logan’s professional playing career has led him to work with many of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is currently Head of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Rui Pedro de Oliveira Alves – Trombone
Portugal born Rui Pedro De Oliveira Alves started to play the euphonium at the age of 9 and moved on to the trombone aged 14 at the Academia de Música Santa Cecília. After graduating from Superior School of Music and Drama in Porto he went on to complete a Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, a Postgraduate Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a PH.D at University of St Andrews. His on-going research interests lie in the history, repertoire and performance practice of historical brass instruments.
Tony George – Tuba/Ophicleide
Tony George has had a varied career in many different aspects of brass performing and teaching. He has performed and recorded with Modern Orchestras such as the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players as well as many period instrument orchestras, most notably the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Gabrieli Ensembe. He is currently Professor of Ophicleide and Serpent at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has previously taught at the RCM, GSMD and RAM as well as giving masterclasses at the RWCMD and RNCM.