J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd., London 1968

Gerald Jackson First Flute

edited by David Simmons

The well-deserved success of his [Sir Thomas Beecham's] fabulous protégé, Dennis Brain, also irked Beecham. When the time came for him to leave us for the greater financial security of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Beecham moaned that "people come to concerts to see me, not just a clever horn player". But although Dennis left the R.P.O. in 1952* he frequently came in again afterwards for our gramophone sessions - that is, until he died in his motor-car. Sir Thomas of course mourned him as much as anyone, and we all felt that he came to earth just to show us that it could be done - and then he was spirited away.

* Actually the official date was April 7 1954, according to Stephen J Pettitt (Dennis Brain, 1989, 128) but Dennis Brain took part in concerts as well as recording sessions after that date and as late as 1956, although Gerald Jackson probably exaggerates the extent to which Dennis Brain was able to be present. Hearing the many recordings with the RPO under Beecham from 1954 to 1957, it is absolutely clear that the horn playing, excellent though it is, does not (generally speaking) have Dennis Brain. [Stephen J Gamble]

List of Works played by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
during American tour, 1950

Symphony No.6 in F major (Pastoral)
Symphony No.8 in F major
Royal Hunt and Storm (The Trojans)
Overture - The Corsair
Overture - King Lear
Trojan March (The Trojans)
Te Deum
Suite, The Fair Maid of Perth
Joyeuse Marche
Dance Rhapsody No.1
Brigg Fair
On Hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Summer Night on the River
Marche Caprice
Over the Hills and Far Away
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Slavonic Rhapsody No.3
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (arr. Beecham)
Suite - The Faithful Shepherd Anthem
Zadok the Priest. 
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra.
Symphony No.93 in D major
Symphony No.102 in B flat major
Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe, Bassoon and Orchestra (Sinfonia)
The Last Sleep of the Virgin
Overture - Fingal's Cave
Symphony No.31 in D major (Paris)
Symphony No.38 in D major (Prague)
Symphony No.40 in G minor
Symphony No.41 in C major (Jupiter)
Concerto No.19 for Piano and Orchestra in F major
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Orchestra (Sinfonia)
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Overture La Scala di Seta
Overture Il Cambiale di Matrimonio
Karelia March
Symphony No.7 in C major
Historic Scenes
Johann Strauss
Waltz, Morning Papers
Richard Strauss
Don Quixhote
Der Feuersnot (Finale)
Dance of the Seven Veils (Salome)
Suite - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Symphony No.4 in F minor
Von Suppé
Overture - Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna
Overture - The Flying Dutchman
Overture - Die Meistersinger
Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Vaughan Williams
In the Fen Country

The horn players of the RPO 1950 tour

Dennis Brain (Principal)
I Beers
D Mason
F Probyn
S Coulston
J Brown

The horn players of the RPO for the Coronation, June 1953

Dennis Brain (Principal)
I Beers
A Civil
A Woodburn
F Probyn
J Smith
W Tyler

Gerald Jackson recalled concerts during his years as the principal flautist of the BBC Theatre Orchestra. Speaking of concerts entitled "Monday Night at Seven", produced by Harry S Pepper and John Watt, he states:

When we played for that Monday evening entertainment - an inspired hotch-potch - it was always tempting to include something of real musical merit, and I cannot forget one early visitor. It was a boy brought along by Aubrey Brain, principal horn of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He played a rondo from a Mozart horn concerto with staggering technique and style and provided our first encounter with the player whom Beecham called "Siegfried", and whom we still mourn as Dennis Brain.