Section Leader, Trumpet
Adopted by Sheila Loyden
Rhys began playing the cornet in the local brass band at the age of eight. At 17 he was Principal Cornet of the National Brass Band of Wales and Principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. In 1984 he entered Chetham’s School of Music moving on to the Royal College of Music in 1986. During his time at the Royal College he was a brass finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. He joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 as fourth trumpet and was promoted to Section Principal in 1998.
What is the best thing about being a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra?
You're doing something you love and have loved since you were a small child. I started playing the cornet in the local brass band at the age of eight, and as time went on I realised that I would like to play the trumpet for a living. It's amazing that I'm sitting here now and still doing it when I started at 8 years of age!
What is your most memorable moment with the Orchestra so far?
Chatting to Sir Paul McCartney about trumpets and my old teacher (who plays piccolo trumpet on "Penny Lane") is something I can tell my grandkids.
What's it like playing the trumpet in an orchestra?
They say when playing the trumpet in an orchestra the general rule is you're either bored to death or scared to death. Quite often you sit there not playing very much at all, and then at other times you have to play a lot of quite difficult soloistic material and it's pretty nerve-wracking!