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Alan Stringer

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Alan Stringer (1928 - 2012)
was principal trumpet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) from 1953 to 1993, apart from a year (1960 - 1961) as principal with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

He was born on December 8th, 1928 in Ancoats Hospital, Manchester.

After retirement he moved to France and lived in Nerac, between Bordeaux and Toulouse.
He died September 8th 2012, nearly 84 years old.

Musical background:
Like many of the other great british trumpet players, Alan Stringer started on cornet at an early age.
He was introduced to the cornet via his father and mother, who both attended Oldham Road Brotherhood Chapel.
Alan’s mother sang solos, sister Dorothy played piano and his father took care of the Chapel band’s finances.

At  age 11, Alan became solo cornet of the Chapel band and joined the Victoria Hall Chapel band. He also joined a third band in Salford, the Windsor Institute Band.
Mr. Dooley who was Alan's first teacher conducted all those bands.

From 1946 to 1952, Alan was with the RAF band. It was here that he met his wife, Alice, who was a trombone player with the band.
In 1953 Alan did an audition for the conductor of
the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugh Rignold.
At age 24 he was given the job as first trumpet with RLPO. He seems to have won the job on pure playing ability, as no repertoire or sight reading
was given.

Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
    Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields / Neville Marriner
    CD DECCA - Serenata - 430 633-2 DM, Decca 458 194
Trumpet & Organ at Liverpool Cathedral
    Alan Stringer trumpet
    Noel Rawsthorne organ
    48:22 - ADD - Recorded 1974 in the
Liverpool Cathedral
    LP CRD 1008
    CD Label: Crd UPC: 708093330829

Handel: Messiah — complete.
   Joan Sutherland (soprano), Grace Bumbry (contralto), Kenneth Mc- Kellar (tenor), David Ward (bass),
   George Malcolm (harpsichord), Ralph Downes (organ), Alan Stringer (trumpet)
   London Symphony Chorus (Chorus Master : John McCarthy)
   London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
   Decca o MET218-20: Q SET218-20 (recorded  in 1961).

Film composer Phil Lawrence, a student of Alan Stringer, has posted about him on Trumpet Herald:

Brendan Ball, trumpet player with RLPO, has a blog where Stuart Hastain who was Stringer’s long serving second trumpet and friend posted a short eulogy.
Sound clips:

Thanks to:

o.j. 2012