Posted by Britbass on July 01, 2003 at 05:56:47:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Fletch's tubas posted by jeff on June 30, 2003 at 18:35:05:
The tubist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK) is Alan Sinclair. Alan was a student of John Fletcher's in London and I believe he was one of the first students John took after he joined the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sinclair has occupied the tuba chair at the CBSO for over 20 years now and was the tubist when Simon Rattle was Principal Conductor. Originally using a B&H Eb Mr. Sinclair moved to a B&S rotary CC and later supplemented this with a B&S F.
When the CBSO moved to their current home at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Simon Rattle asked Mr. Sinclair to return to the B&H Eb, as he felt that the acoustics of the new hall did not suit the left facing bells of the B&S instruments. Apparently Simon Rattle and his successor Sakari Oramo have been more than happy with the change, and I believe Mr. Sinclair now uses the B&H 980, the model recently developed with the assistance of James Gourlay.