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Roy joined the Royal Artillery Band as a trumpet player when he was 20 and served 22 years finishing with the rank of Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Bandmaster

Since retiring from the Army in 1987 he has worked as a busy freelance player playing with many leading London Orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and most notably the Philharmonia, with whom he has performed in many of the major concert halls in Europe, Japan and the East Coast of the USA for over 10 years. Roy has toured with the Kirov, Bolshoi, Moscow Classical, Canadian and English National Ballet Companies. He has also performed with the internationally famous brass ensemble The Wallace Collection from 1987 and from 1991 to 2001 was player and General Manager.

In the eighties Roy started his own company Thames Fanfare Brass and then in 2012 he added British State Trumpeters to his company. He has been a teacher of all brass instruments from beginners to diploma level for over 50 years.

Roy's talks also include him playing his trumpet from classical to modern day music with many amusing and interesting anecdotes featuring many famous names from music and show business.

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Talk 1."Blowing My Own Trumpet" In the Beginning
My early years learning to play from the age of 12 with a Yorkshire Amateur Brass Band to joining the oldest and most prestigious Military Band in the country: The Royal Artillery Band. The history of the Band also amusing and sometimes embarrassing anecdotes of my years playing with them.

Talk 2."Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Royal Artillery Orchestra
The history of the oldest established orchestra in the country The Royal Artillery Orchestra formed in 1762, from their beginnings playing the music of Anton Dvorak to travelling and backing Sir Harry Secombe, finishing my 22 year career as Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Band Master.

Talk 3."Blowing My Own Trumpet" The World Of Freelance Trumpet
Playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra for over 12 years, the most recorded orchestra in the world and performing in some of the most grand and prestigious venues, playing with the BBC Concert Orchestra and with the Touring Ballet Companies such as the Bolshoi, Kirov not forgetting the English National Ballet.

Talk 4."Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Wallace Collection
My involvement with trumpet soloist John Wallace CBE and The Wallace Collection as performer and manager to this internationally famous brass group from 1987-2001. Performing carrying out concerts and master classes all over the world. Carried out many tours for the British Council in all 5 Continents. Including some of the unusual countries I have played in, out of the 39 I have visited.

Talk 5."Blowing My Own Trumpet" Thames Fanfare Brass
My own company Thames Fanfare Brass now in its 33rd year, our Fanfare Team have carried out 30 Royal Film Premiers numerous Awards Ceremonies , Sporting Events, the Brass Ensemble regularly found at the Mansion House in London playing for banquets, performing concerts, the Dixie Band who have performed at more store openings than I can count and many other events the list is endless.

Talk 6."Blowing My Own Trumpet" 50 Years In Teaching
From my 50 years as a highly respected Brass Teacher teaching beginners to Diploma level students, with many amusing stories and anecdotes from home and abroad, plus a short recount of the all six talks

Talk 7."Blowing My Own Trumpet" Royal Artillery Band-Crazy Days
I return to more army stories which cover my time in basic training and many amazing anecdotes of my time spent in the Royal Artillery Band.
Also includes performing music from his new CD 'Blowing My Own Trumpet'

Talk 8. "Blowing My Own Trumpet" Show Tunes
During this talk I shall be performing more than talking. A selection of popular show tunes which hopefully you will all recognize, together with information about the story lines, composers and performers.

Talk 9."Blowing My Own Trumpet" A Mediterranean Odyssey
The word "Odyssey" is often used to describe a journey that is full of adventure well there is nothing better than flying from Brize Norton in a RAF Hercules transport plane. Roy takes us to Gibraltar, Tangier, Malta then he goes back in time to when trumpet playing was an event in the Olympic Games 776 BC. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, in 1896.

Talk 10. "Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Three Tenors
The Three Tenors were a popular operatic singing group during the 1990's and early 2000's, consisting of Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. The talk includes genre, styles, group members and performing some of their favourite pieces of music played on the trumpet.

Talk 11. "Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Beatles
The Beatles an English rock band formed in Liverpool 1960. They became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Roy's talk covers a brief history of the group also playing some of their hits on his trumpet.

Talk 12. “Blowing My Own Trumpet” Sounds of the Nordic
Roy takes us back to yet more of his army service days visiting Gothenburg, Sweden in 1978, trekking across Finnish Lapland in an exercise called “Midnight Sun” in 1979 and talking about Sweden’s famous singing quartet ABBA plus playing some of their top hits including Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia on his trumpet.

Talk 13. “Blowing My Own Trumpet” from Russia with Love
Roy visits Bern Switzerland where he encounters the Russian Red Army Band. He then travels with international trumpet soloist John Wallace, as his agent, to Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The Wallace Collection brass group visit Kiev and Odessa in Ukraine, finally visiting Kazakhstan and returning to Moscow for a concert in the famous Tchaikovsky Hall. Roy will also be playing his trumpet during this 45minute talk.
Cunard Queen Victoria V528 Belgian Escape Cruise 3 Days Southampton Mon 14 Dec 2015.
Cunard Queen Mary 2 M610D Hamburg Short break 4 Days Southampton Wed 13 July 2016
Cunard Queen Mary 2 M738 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing 7 Nights Southampton to New York 13 Oct 2017
Fred Olsen "Balmoral" L1805 Madeira,Spain and Portugal 10 nights Sat 24 March 2018
Tui -Marella Discovery 2 Montego Bay Jamaica-Grand Turk & Caicos Islands, Burmuda - Azores Portugal-Gibraltar Spain -Palma Majorca .18 Nights 8 Talks 23 April 2019 -15 May 2019
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Balmoral L1805 The Island of Madeira with Spain & Portugal 10 Southampton Saturday, March 24, 2018
Queen Mary 2 M738 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing 7 Southampton Friday, October 13, 2017
Queen Mary 2 M610D Hamburg Short Break 4 Southampton Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Queen Victoria V528 Belgian Escape Cruise 3 Southampton Monday, December 14, 2015