29 May 2007

From the Rhondda to the Royal College of Music - OU Professor receives honorary fellowship

Trevor Herbert, Open University Professor of Music and Arts Staff Tutor for Wales, has received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Music from HRH The Prince of Wales last week (Tuesday 22 May).

The Fellowships are limited to four a year, and previous recipients have included Sir Thomas Beecham, Sibelius, Toscanini, Pablo Casals, Richard Strauss and Sir Edward Elgar. Trevor Herbert, a former Foundation Scholar of the College, is regarded as the leading international authority on the cultural history of brass instruments.
In his role as President of the Royal College of Music, HRH The Prince of Wales, presented special honours at the Royal College of Music’s annual awards ceremony in London on 22 May. Fellowship of the Royal College of Music (FRCM) was conferred upon Professor Herbert, who says he is honoured to be recognised alongside such prestigious muscians.

Trevor Herbert was born in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales and was introduced to music in a brass band. After three years at St Lukes College, Exeter University, he spent three years at the Royal College as a Foundation Scholar, studying trombone with Arthur Wilson and composition with Jeremy Dale Roberts. He spent ten years playing modern and baroque trombone in London before joining the staff of the Open University where he is now Professor of Music based in Wales. He has played with most British orchestras and has been especially associated with the specialist groups Musica Reservata, the Taverner Players and the Wallace Collection.

Trevor’s scholarly work has focused on all aspects of the repertoire, history, performance practices and cultural associations of brass instruments. His Oxford University Press book The British Brass Band is regarded as a seminal study, as is his recent large-scale monograph The Trombone, which traces the origins of the instrument in the fifteenth century and its subsequent history through art music and jazz. He is author of multiple entries for major reference works such as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Trevor Herbert is also internationally known as a musical educator. He has chaired the accreditations of institutions in the UK, continental Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. His textbook, commissioned by the ABRSM, Music in Words: a guide to researching and writing about music is one of the most widely used books of its type.

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