Greatest Current Solo Euphonium Player

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by tim, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. tim

    tim Member

    I was just wondering what people look for in good principal euphonium players whether its technique or sound.

    Personally im more bothered about sound... Sure Morgan Griffiths may split a couple of notes but his osund is incredible whereas some players have a good technique but there sound can be quite bland

    what is every1 elses opinion???
  2. tim

    tim Member

    oh n btw the way I would say Morgan Griffiths as the greatest!!!
  3. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    Steve Mead's technicality with Mike Howely's sound
  4. blue_smarties

    blue_smarties Member

    I think that it's important to have both but if i had to pick one or the other i'd say sound. Someone who's a fantastic technician but has a naff sound, in my opinion, isn't as good, and probably wont go as far, as someone who's not so great technically but has a lovely sound.
    Just my opinion :)
  5. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    There are many things to consider when choosing a "best" player.
    Phrasing, sound, adapting to different styles, "cleaness" of articulation, the list is VERY long.
    Everyone has their own personal preferences to who they prefer as players, and most try to imitate their styles etc.
    There are many good players out there in their own individual way, and it's very hard to choose a "best" player out of all of them in my opinion.
  6. grandfilth

    grandfilth Member

  7. Rambo Chick

    Rambo Chick Member

    definitely sound over technique(to a certain degree) because i think a nice sound is very important-its no good having a great technique with the sound of a blocked drainpipe! but a good sound wins, even if technique isn't top notch :p

    utd co-op yorkshire
  8. VenusTromster

    VenusTromster Member

    Yeah I have to agree! :D
  9. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    No, sorry you've misinterpreted what I meant!
    I meant that listening to CD's many players try to imitate other players' sound, and gather idea's about how to play certain things. Surely listening to a good player playing a solo with good phrasing etc, means that personally as players we ourselves can improve on things that we perhaps overlook.
    Of course you want to put a piece of yourself into a performance, but surely we should all make it the best that we can.
  10. EbHorny

    EbHorny Member

    Keep an eye on an up and coming Euphonium player, who'll be playing in the finals of the BBC Young brass Soloist Competition.

    Technically Brilliant, and not too bad a sound either!
    :wink: :wink:
  11. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    Above everything else, in a good principal of any section I look for the right attitude. There have been several threads on here re: who is the best player on various instrument but it always seems to get overlooked that a players attitude has as much to do with sitting on the end as their playing. In a good principal euph, yeah I would look for the sound and the technique (as a package ideally) but its not just the principals playing you respect them for, its the effort, practice, guidance, knowledge and confidence they instill in the rest of the section that does it for me. It needs to be a player that leads a section and not just a good soloist, THAT makes a good principal.
  12. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    not to be confused with the BBC Young Musician of the Year :p
    Rich is in the BBC Radio 2 one. Silly BBC having them on at the same time!
  13. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    My music teacher once won the Ern Keller, and competed over in Britain. I remember thinking this guy was a eupho God. He had this big smooth sound, but could change it. He had an amazing range and his technical skills were superb. Bill Barker was a legend in my mind..

    When I moved to Rocky, I had the opportunity to work with John Evenhuis. Not as competitive or as focussed as Bill, but his sounds is so much better!! It is sweet, blissful, with a subtle vibrato that makes you wanna cry. His upper range is to die for!!!!

    Combone the two of them.....The childs Bros are history!!!
  14. Griffis

    Griffis Member

    What about Glyn Williams??!!

    Being a fellow Welsh man, and also a friend of his (not that it makes me biast at all)!! he is a fantastic Euph player on his day, and even when it's not his day (lets face it...not very often) he is still phenomenal (sp??)!
  15. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    Being taught by Dave Thornton, I have occasionally had a chance to see him practise his own parts for solos, and to be honest it is quite breath taking! His solos I've seen him perform have been top-notch also.

    Steven Mead has done some amazing stuff on recording, but to be honest his live-performances have left me a little under-whelmed. He has still done so much for the instrument and is still among the top mind, and he is among the best of the teachers of the instrument.

    Then there's of course former Mr. Prodigy Dave Childs, who was amazing when he performed in young musician of the year final. Since then he's gone from strength to strength!

    There are loads of others, Steven Miles, Morgan Griffiths, Thomas Ruedi and Glyn Williams to name just a few, but the three at the top for me represent the best at the moment.
  16. iggmeister

    iggmeister Member

    Would it be fair to say that the fact that there are so many fantastic euphonium players around is proof of how easy it is to play?




  17. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    Not really, but we'll let you say it anyway :twisted:
  18. iggmeister

    iggmeister Member


    He he.

    One of the best euph players I ever heard was David Welch who used to play with Fairey. Whatever happened to him?

  19. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    Ha ha ha ha ha ... ha ha

    Actually in my opinion there are just as many quality cornet, horn and trombone players around as well. :)
  20. Pondasher

    Pondasher Member


    David went to Switzerland, and as far as I know he is still in that country.

    I agree with you that he was a very good Euphonium player when he was at Fairey.