Who? What?

Hornarama !

Well it started as a series of coincidences that couldn't be ignored...a German Sheet Music Trade Fair in Sydney...a Horn Festival in Bourdaux...a British Sheet Music Trade Fair in London. I attended all of these within a few months of each other (some by chance!) and each had an extraordinary array of horn music that you don't normally see in Australia. And I wondered why not! So the discussion started with colleagues and friends and an idea was hatched! But what to call something that covers the horn world...it could only ever be Hornarama

Who is Graham Nichols...

Since completing horn studies with Anthony Buddle at the Sydney Conservatorium, Graham has participated in music festivals in Germany, France and Japan and undertaken further study in Germany and England. Graham has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Australia Romantic and Classical Orchestra, the Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and as guest principal with the Queensland Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Graham played French Horn and Wagner Tuba for the 2004 production of Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Well that is the official bio...it's all true but it leaves out all the things that happened before and during.

I started playing tenor horn in the local brass band in Wynyard, Tasmania. I then went on to play in the Burnie Band and when I moved to Hobart I played in Glenorchy City Concert Brass and then Hobart City Band (which was also the part time Army Band for Tasmania). I had dabbled in French Horn a little and had a few lessons, which finally lead to lessons with Greg Hill who was then 3rd Horn in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

On moving to Sydney I had lessons with Anthony Buddle and Rob Johnson. After about 18 months in Sydney I landed a full-time job with the NSW Police Band (No I didn't become a cop!) This band was formed in 1894 as a concert band, becoming a full-time unit of the NSW Police Force in the late 1960's. The band plays for a lot of ceremonial functions for the Police Force but more so for the NSW State Government. I was in the band for 12 years, the last 10 as Principal Horn, we travelled all over NSW and one memorable tour to Japan in the mid 1990's. In December 2001 I officially left the band to work as a freelance horn player.

Now there is a lot more uncertainty living the freelance life but also a certain amount of excitement! I've played in over 50 Opera and Ballet productions (including the massive Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner) and I've played and depped in just about every major show that has come to Sydney and I have toured the country with some amazing International artists (José Carreras, Barbra Streisand, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford, Andrea Bocelli, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Marvin Hamlisch, Rob McConnell, “Anthony and The Johnsons”,  “Florence and The Machine”) as well as our home grown talent (Tina Arena, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Marina Prior, Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Human Nature, Sarah Blasko and numerous concerts with Tommy Tycho) and I have played principal in many television orchestras and lots of TV jingles and promos shown in Australia, New Zealand and Asia

and finally....I have done something that I never expected to do, (if you get a chance I urge you to grab it) I have played a concerto with an orchestra. It is one of the most thrilling and scary things you can do as a musician.

So far I have performed....

Britten, B: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Tenors John Napier in one performance and then much later Phillip Pratt in another)
Haydn, J: Concerto No. 1 in D
Haydn, M: Concertino for Horn and Alto Trombone (Greg Van der Strick - Alto Trombone)
Haydn, M: Double Horn Concerto in Eb (Anton Schroeder - Horn 1)
Mozart, W.A: Horn Concertos No.1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as the Sinfonia Concertante
Schumann, R: 1st horn in Concertpiece for 4 Horns Op.86. (Graham Nichols, Julia Zeltzer, Steven Hillinger and Noel Annett)
Telemann, G.P: Concerto for 2 Horns in Eb (Steve Smith - Horn 2)