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Graham Salter


Graham Salter is one of Britain's most experienced freelance oboists and teachers, having held the positions of Principal Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, followed by Principal Cor Anglais at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

 As a freelance he has appeared as a guest with almost every orchestra in London and the UK, being equally at home in the fields of Symphony, Chamber and Baroque orchestras, Opera, Ballet and the Recording Studio. He is regularly invited in at short notice to cover orchestral and operatic emergencies of all kinds.

Working initially and over many years with the National Philhilharmonic Orchestra, he is highly experienced in the film studio. (Horner; Wiseman; Goldsmith; Bernstein; Broughton; Kamen; Jarre; Mancini etc.)

 He has played under such great conductors as Rudolf Kempe, Pierre Boulez, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Carlos Kleiber (commendation), André Previn, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Simon Rattle etc., and has recorded solos in arias with Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

In his youth a winner of the prestigious Leeds National Musicians’ Platform and of the Greater London Arts Young Musicians scheme, Graham Salter has broadcast for the BBC and played recitals, quartets or concertos in London's Purcell Room, QEH, Smith Square, all around Britain and in Europe on Radio and TV.

His varied and attractive Concerto repertoire broadcast, recorded and performed is welcomed especially by music and choral societies nationwide. His numerous arrangements for the various sizes of oboe with small string ensembles, quintets and quartets (of Baroque arias, tango, varied song transcriptions, film score extracts and Hollywood classics) delight Festival audiences annually, especially in intimate country house gatherings.

Enjoyably varied Recitals may be linked usefully to Masterclasses, Workshops and Lectures, where GS can introduce all five members of the Oboe family, offering a light-hearted Round-Europe Tour or Gems from the Oboe's 350-Year History. Tailored appropriately to the audience are his unique Interactive Workshops that encourage young musicians of all styles and ages to "Bring the Music to Life, and Perform with Expression", the subject of a unique book for all young musicians and all who teach them, due for publication in 2019.

35 Melodic Studies for Oboe (published by Emerson Edition)

Designed to develop Control and Expressive Musicianship above mere technique, and enhanced by charming line drawings by Maeve Calthorpe, are well-loved inclusions in the ABRSM Associated Board Syllabuses, Grades 1-5

Saxophone Version available separately, annotated by Paul Harvey.

Recital / Concerto Reviews:

Sunday Telegraph
“Consistently beautiful tone and phrasing”
Daily Telegraph“Finesse and lyrical poise”

Financial Times
“Sensitive, elegant phrasing” “Conspicuous tonal purity and control”
Roy Tipping, Milton Keynes “Pulled at the heart strings of an appreciative audience”.

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