Salisbury Eskdale (1897
- 1960) was born in Tynemouth at the mouth of the River Tyne on the
North-East coast of England. Soon
his birth, the family moved to Greenock in Scotland. George was
taught cornet by his father who was a bandmaster. He became a
young prodigy, playing
solos with various bands.
He was principal
trumpet with London
Symphony Orchestra from 1934
to 1956. From 1956 he played 3rd trumpet for a while.
died in London, January 1960.
first recording of Haydn's Trumpet
June 23, 1938, [Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto]
was broadcasted by B.B.C. Soloist was George Eskdale. He played the
second and third part, (Andante and [Allegro]).
This broadcast was later
made into a 78 rpm phonograph by Columbia Records (Col. 70106-D). It is
believed to be the first recording of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.
in 1954, Eskdale recorded the complete Concerto (Vanguard Records - VRS
recording of Bach's Brandenburg
Concerto No. 2:
recording of the [2nd
Brandenburg Concerto] was done in 1932.
Swiss born Paul Spörri
(1909-1982) played the trumpet part.
recording of this concerto was done with Eskdale on
trumpet. London in
October, 1935. Released in January, 1936 on HMV. The recording
was preceded by a performance at Queens Hall the day before. The
orchestra was conducted by Adolph Busch who also played the solo violin.
Hawkes made him a small trumpet in F specially for this
On June 20, 1946
he also recorded the second Brandenburg Concerto.
Released October 1946
Neel String Orchestra
Boyd Neel, conductor ,G. Eskdale, trumpet, A. Gleghorn, flute, F.
Grinke, violin, E. Rothwell, oboe
On January, 27
and 28, 1949, he recorded Concertino
for trumpet and strings
by Knudåge Riisager (1933) with The Danish State Radio Orchestra.
Here, a sound
sample from the first part, [Allegro].
In the late
1930s, Eskdale worked closely with a craftsman at Boosey
& Hawkes to produce two trumpet models - a C/Bb and an Eb/D. These
instruments had a sligthly larger bore than the previous models used in
symphony work. The mouthpipe was slightly conical.
used to get on very well. We would sometimes go for each other, but
always laughed afterwards. We understood each other. He sometimes
complained that I played faster than he did, and that I was sharp; but
he sometimes jumped the gun and played even sharper! He was a unique
player, he broke all the rules but he could always get away with it."
, principal trombone LSO.
- The Brass Herald, December 2007, Article by Bram Wiggins. Wiggins
was a student of Eskdale.
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