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This family needs no fanfare!

Brass intruments can fit in anywhere: orchestras, brass bands, big bands, pop groups - you name it.

The brass family adds a huge amount of power to the orchestral sound.

The french horn (or horn for short) consists of a very long brass tube, which curls round and round. Originally made from hollowed-out animals' horns, the horn was used for signalling. The player puts their hand in the bell end to change the sound of the instrument, and gets different notes by pressing down valves, which block off holes.

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Jeremy Bushell, French Horn
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • How old were you when you first started playing?
    I started playing the french horn when I was 14. Before that I played the E flat horn in a brass band.

  • Why did you choose this instrument?
    Because I wanted to play in an orchestra the horn seemed the most logical instrument.

  • Do you play any other instruments?
    The E flat horn.

  • What do you like most about playing in an orchestra?
    I love the big, loud and exciting sounds the orchestra makes because it's easier to play loudly than quietly.

  • Do you play any other kind of music?
    I occasionally perfom in small groups with other players from the orchestra.

  • What other music do you like?
    I love Macy Gray - I've got all her albums. I also like jazz.

  • Do you have any other hobbies?
    I play squash and love cooking - and eating it!

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