A brass quintet based near Cambridge & Haverhill, UK

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Horn - Paul Ryder

Paul started playing the horn at the age of 8, whilst living in Hampshire, and went on to become principal horn of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra some years later. He studied Physics at Oxford from 1995 to 1999 and during this time gave numerous solo, chamber and orchestral performances. He also organised large-scale modern horn recitals and historical chamber music concerts on natural horns at the Bate Collection.

Since moving to East Anglia in 1999 (for a day job playing with lasers!), Paul has performed with many orchestras throughout the region and given a number of concerto performances. He has also worked with chamber ensembles and orchestras in Belgium, the Channel Islands, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Now based in Cambridgeshire, he continues to perform with a wide variety of local orchestras and musical groups. He is currently principal horn of the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge and the Sinfonia of Cambridge, and also plays with Cambridge Winds, Cambridge Wind Players, the Lavenham Sinfonia and of course Tube. Paul avidly explores all aspects of horn playing and, as well as having a small collection of natural and early valve horns, experiments with the use of the horn in as many musical genres as possible!