Remembering Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm ArnoldMalcolm passed away recently at the age of 85.
He was a noted composer. More on Malcolm can be found on his website.
In the mid forties we were together in the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  He was the principal trumpet player and a very fine player.  I was in the double bass section.

He was a daredevil – very ebullient and jocular.  Once when we were playing at Watford Town Hall, which is a few miles north of London, somebody bet him and two others that they wouldn’t jump into the fountain, which was situated in front of the town hall, dressed in their evening dress.  They did and won the bet.

On another occasion we were playing at the Royal Albert Hall with Malcolm Sargent conducting.  Sitting beside Malcolm was Dennis Eagan, the second trumpet, who had a high squeaky voice.  As Sargent came out on to the platform Malcolm mimicked Dennis, calling out loud “I think Sargent is a ****” much to Sargents’s consternation.

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