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First Name: Gwydion
Last Name: Brooke
Bio: Gwydion Brooke, one of the former leading British bassoonists, played his first public solo at the age of thirteen and secured his first orchestral contract with Basil Cameron at seventeen. He studied under Richard Newton at the Royal Academy of Music and became successively second in Beecham's London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1932 and principal in the B.B.C. Scottish Orchestra in 1935. After military service 1939-45, he joined the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946 and a year later transferred to Beecham's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1961 he became principal in the Philharmonia Orchestra. Brooke organized several chamber music ensembles and recorded the Weber concerto with Sargent and the Mozart with Beecham. He was a member of the Wigmore and the Prometheus Ensembles and of the London Wind Quintet. As a soloist he played at the Promenade concerts and the Edinburgh and Strasbourg Festivals. He played on a much modified Adler bassoon of the 1930s until it was stolen"at which time he retired!
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)