Timpanist Tristan Fry will join us for Messiah on 25th April 2020

We are delighted to announce that timpanist Tristan Fry is to join us for Messiah on 25th April 2020.

Tristan with the London Chamber Orchestra at the Royal wedding 2011

Do you remember the progressive rock group Sky in the eighties and nineties? Founded by world-renowned classical guitarist John Williams, and drummer, Tristan Fry, their version of Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor made it to number 5 in the charts in 1980. The group specialised in experimentally combining a variety of musical styles – classical, rock and jazz.

Versatility has been the hallmark of Tristan’s professional career which began when he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 17 as co-principal timpani and percussion. He worked with Benjamin Britten at Aldeburgh– particularly on the ‘parable’ operas – as well as playing for three seasons at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club with John Dankworth’s orchestra and Cleo Laine. He was a founder member of the Nash Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta and Fires of London during which time he was closely associated with Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies.

Tristan has worked as a session musician for the most celebrated performers in popular music from Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. He has played on numerous TV and movie soundtracks including multiple Bond and Harry Potter films and Lord of the Rings.

A popular Proms soloist, especially in the avant garde percussion repertoire, Tristan has performed with many eminent 20th and 21st century conductors and with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is one of the most recorded timpanists in the world.

Tristan continues to play with a variety of British orchestras on an ad hoc basis and we are honoured and delighted he will be joining with Watford Philharmonic Society for our performance of Handel’s great Messiah

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