Swansong for Hutt as he swaps brass for his keyboards
ALAN Hutt worked with some of the greatest names in music – from Pink Floyd to Sir Benjamin Britten.
Now the Wells Cathedral schoolmaster and musician is hanging up his trombone for good and retiring.
While he plans to carry on playing the piano for pleasure, he says his days of playing trombone are over.
"As you get older it gets harder, one needs so much air to play the trombone well," he said. "I will carry on with the piano and I am sure that will give me all the musical satisfaction I need in my retirement."
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For the past 35 years Mr Hutt has taught trombone and euphonium to scores of specialist music students at Wells Cathedral School.
"I fell in love with the school and the city and realised that the potential to develop a vibrant brass department, under the Specialist scheme, was something I could not resist," he said.
His 36-year career as a trombonist has seen him record and perform with Pink Floyd and the Beatles and play on countless film soundtracks including The Omen, Return of the Pink Panther, Out of Africa and Passage to India.
At the age of 21 he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra spending ten years travelling the world. It was while he was with the Royal Philharmonic that he played with the Beatles and then went on to record with Pink Floyd on The Wall album.
During his career, Mr Hutt has freelanced for countless touring ballet and opera companies. He performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, working with Benjamin Britten as solo alto trombonist in his opera The Burning Fiery Furnace.
Memories that particularly stick in his mind include Mahler's 8th Symphony at the Albert Hall with Vernon Handley, his first concert in Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic, recording Mozart's Requiem with Daniel Barenboim for the BBC and playing with Britten.
It is his latest accolade, a Wells Cathedral School Foundation Fellowship, that has left him lost for words.
The foundation, which is charged with raising £9.4 million for Cedars Hall, a new music performance centre, will present Mr Hutt with his award on September 28.
"The fellowship is a great honour, but I feel it should be me doing all the thanking. I would happily go back and do it all again, it has been a great privilege," he said.