Dennis Brain


British horn player (Born 17 May 1921 London, England, UK – Died 1 September 1957 Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK).
He studied at the Royal Academy of Music under his father's tutelage. Brain debuted in performance on 6 October 1938, playing second horn under his father with the Busch Chamber Players. At the age of 21, he was appointed to the first horn position in the National Symphony Orchestra. He (and his brother) then joined The Central Band Of The Royal Air Force. Dennis began the Dennis Brain Wind Quintet while still in the RAF, and later expanded it to the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble. After the Second World War, he filled the position as principal horn in the newly founded Philharmonia Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He played with London Baroque Ensemble, both on recordings and in concert.
Son of Aubrey Brain & Marion Brain, and brother of Leonard Brain. Nephew of Alfred Brain.

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In Groups:Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble, Dennis Brain Wind Quintet, London Baroque Ensemble, National Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Prometheus Ensemble, The Central Band Of The Royal Air Force, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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