Sanders. Neill - Horn
Neill Sanders, Horn The Melos Ensemble of London Emanuel Hurwitz, violin Lamar Crowson, piano Robert Tear, tenor Brahms Trio 4th Mvmt Brahms: Trio in E-flat, Movement I opening Brahms: Trio in E-flat, Movement IV opening Schubert: Auf dem strom, opening Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Neill Sanders (1923—1992) was the son of a violinist and the brother of a flutist. At 16 he toured with tenor Richard Tauber and at 18 he briefly led the horn section of the London Symphony Orchestra until he was called up to serve in the army during World War II. He was principal horn of the London Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestras and played second horn alongside the legendary Dennis Brain in the Philharmonia for seven years. Some of the Philharmonia horn section recordings, including Haydn’s “Hornsignal“ Symphony are included on Sotone CD 103. Neill became a founding member and hornist of the Melos Ensemble of London and played with them for 29 years. Melos performed regularly at British and international festivals, toured USA beginning in 1966, gave many BBC broadcasts, and made over 50 records. They participated in premieres of numerous works by Benjamin Britten including the War Requiem in 1962. NeilI also formed a friendship with Benjamin Britten and was 1st horn for the Aldeburgh Festival. A highly regarded teacher in London, Sanders taught many students who now hold principal horn positions. In 1970 he became horn professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He also was guest professor at Michigan State University. Neill continued his ties with the London music scene, returning every year to play. However, as this became increasingly more difficult, he gave up this long-distance commute. While in Michigan he decided to form an ensemble similar to Melos and founded the Fontana Ensemble and Festival in 1979. (www.fontanachamberarts.org) Fashioned after Melos, the original Fontana comprised a string quintet, a wind quintet, and piano, performing six concerts. In 2002 the Festival featured 23 concerts by more than 30 superb artists from Michigan and beyond, performing everything from piano four-hands to percussion ten-hands, from classics to jazz to Klezmer.