Trumpeter hits the right note with festival

John Wallace
John Wallace

A WORLD-famous Fife musician has struck a chord with an annual musical event in the kingdom.

Trumpet virtuoso John Wallace CBE, a former pupil of Buckhaven High School and one of the greatest Scottish musicians of his generation, has been appointed honory president of Fife Festival of Music.

Professor Wallace, who first picked up a cornet at the age of seven, left Fife in 1967 to study at Cambridge University.

He went on to have a highly acclaimed career, peforming as a soloist with leading orchestras, including as leading trumpet player with the London Pilharmonic and the London Symphony, and at major festivals.

He has also performed on more than 600 CDs and played on such film soundtracks as ‘Superman’, ‘Star Wars’ and the Indiana Jones series.

His most high-profile appearance was when he performed a solo before millions at the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana in 1981.

Since 2002 he has been principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and been forefront of creative education at a Scottish and international level.

Always proud of his Fife roots, he is thrilled to be involved in the festival.