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.
Fergus Kerr – French Horn/Tenor Horn
In addition to performing with The Wallace Collection, Fergus freelances with a wide variety of leading orchestras and ensembles. Based in Glasgow, he is a frequent player with all the Scottish orchestras including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. His work also takes him regularly to Gateshead to play at The Sage with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Paul Stone – Trombone/Euphonium
In addition to performing with The Wallace Collection, Paul has also worked with Scottish Brass (BBC SSO brass quintet), RSNO Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble and Big Band as well as numerous musical productions and freelance orchestras. Paul has also enjoyed performances with RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra as well as all of Scotland’s major Orchestras. On a lighter note, Paul was intermittently a member of P&O Cruises’ in-house orchestras, a role in which Paul worked with artists and performers as diverse as Paul Daniels, Elaine Delmar, Roy Walker, Iris Williams, Gerrard Kenny, Allan Stewart and Claire Sweeney.
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.