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Philip Jones
Philip Jones
January 17, 2000
Age 71
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  British musician Philip Jones dies

                               LONDON (AP) -- Philip Jones, who held the 
                             top trumpet position in six London orchestras and 
                             formed a brass ensemble that played for 
                             audiences worldwide, has died, British 
                             newspapers reported Wednesday. He was 71.  

                             He died Monday, the newspapers said. No cause 
                             or location of death was given.  

                             Jones, who came from a family of trumpeters, 
                             was determined to prove that brass instruments 
                             could hold center stage and captivate an 
                             audience. He created the Philip Jones Brass 
                             Ensemble and led the group on tours of more than 
                             30 countries. The ensemble made 50 recordings 
                             and performed 87 world premieres, The 
                             Guardian reported.  

                             Born on March 12, 1928, in Bath, England, 
                             Jones developed his musical skills early. In 1944, 
                             he won a scholarship to the Royal College of 
                             Music.  

                             He played for the Royal Philharmonic from 
                             1956-60, the Philharmonia from 1960-64, the 
                             London Philharmonic from 1964-65, the New 
                             Philharmonia from 1965-67 and the British 
                             Broadcasting Corp. Symphony Orchestra from 
                             1960-71.  

                             Jones formed his brass ensemble in 1951 as a 
                             quartet. The group added a fifth member in 1961, 
                             and as the number of engagements grew so did 
                             the size. By 1970, the band consisted of 10 
                             players.  

                             They performed throughout Europe, the United 
                             States, Asia and Australia. Despite his success, 
                             Jones remained meticulous about the smallest 
                             details, The Guardian said. While the other 
                             musicians enjoyed a pre-concert meal, he would 
                             be alone on stage, carefully positioning everyone's 
                             music and lining up the stands, the newspaper 
                             said.  

                             Jones retired in 1986, coming to his decision after 
                             he drove over his own trumpet case and crushed 
                             it, The Times said.  

                             In retirement, he devoted his time to teaching and 
                             charity. Jones accepted a position at Trinity 
                             College of Music that he held until 1994. He also 
                             worked on a musicians' charity fund, acting as 
                             chairman in 1995.  

                             In 1977, Jones was awarded an OBE, or Order 
                             of the British Empire. In 1986, he was given the 
                             higher honor of a CBE, or Commander of the 
                             Order of British Empire.  

                             Jones is survived by his wife, Ursula Strebi. 
                             Funeral arrangements were not immediately 
                             available.  
 

    
      
 
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 Philip Jones, 71, Trumpeter and Music Educator in Britain 

          By PAUL GRIFFITHS 

               Philip Jones, a leading British trumpeter and a music educator, died 
               on Jan. 17. He was 71 and lived in London and Switzerland.  

          Mr. Jones was born in Bath, England, into a family of brass musicians. 
          He began playing the trumpet as a boy, and in 1944 he won a 
          scholarship to the Royal College of Music. At 20 he was appointed 
          fourth trumpet in the Covent Garden orchestra, rising to principal the next 
          year.  

          He was then, remarkably, principal trumpet with most of the other major 
          London orchestras in succession: the Royal Philharmonic (1956-60), the 
          Philharmonia (1960-64), the Philharmonic (1964-65), the New 
          Philharmonia (1965-67) and the BBC Symphony (1967-71). During his 
          career he played under most of the great conductors, from Erich Kleiber 
          to Pierre Boulez.  

          During these years he was also performing regularly with a group he had 
          founded in 1951, the quintet known as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, 
          to which he was able to give his full attention after 1971. The ensemble 
          played Baroque music, especially pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli and 
          Johann Pezel, and as the early-music revival grew in the 1960's and 70's 
          the group was much in demand for performances of choral music by 
          Monteverdi and others. But the ensemble also commissioned works from 
          composers like Hans Werner Henze, Richard Rodney Bennett and Toru 
          Takemitsu.  

          As a soloist, too, Mr. Jones lent his brilliance and beauty of tone to new 
          music, like Iain Hamilton's "Circus" for two trumpets and orchestra 
          (1969), written for him and his colleague, Elgar Howarth.  

          In 1986 he retired from playing and devoted his energies to what had 
          been a secondary career, teaching. Two years later he was appointed 
          principal of Trinity College of Music, London, an institution that was then 
          in the doldrums. He invigorated it to a point where it could reclaim equal 
          status with the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College. He 
          retired in 1994 and the next year took on the chairmanship of the 
          Musicians Benevolent Fund, the leading British musical charity.  

          He is survived by his wife, Ursula. 

 
       
 

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