Norman Horrod (b.1936)

Norman Horrod was born in London in the year of the three Kings 1936. After the war years and a secondary education, he won a major county award to Trinity College of Music, where he studied with J W Burdett and Emile Borsdorf.

From 1954 to 1957 he undertook military service with the Regimental Band of the Grenadier Guards. In 1958 he was admitted a Fellow of Trinity College and a three year appointment to Sadler’s Wells Opera Orchestra continued until 1961 when he became Principal Horn to the Northern Sinfonia. An international agreement led him to the Netherlands where he played as Principal Horn with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The Dutch publisher Edition KaWe issued his Trio for Horn, Trombone and Bassoon in 1965.

Touring included France, Canada and the USA with the Northern Sinfonia, the UK with the Glyndebourne Opera and later East & West Germany with Welsh National Opera. He returned to the Netherlands to take up a new appointment as Principal Horn with Overijsels Philharmonic Orchestra until 1969. When he returned to London he freelanced extensively for the Royal Ballet, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Birmingham Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the early 1970s, an invitation came to play Principal Horn for the Welsh National Opera (1973-85)

The Wind Quintet was performed at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. In 1984 he graduated from the Open University with a BA(hons) and retired from orchestral life the following year.


Norman Horrod

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Horn Club series


Solo horn

Music for solo horn
edb 0101004
Norman Horrod
Study - Theme & Variations
edb 0101005
Norman Horrod

Chamber Music series


Mixed Ensemble

Wind Quintet - Prelude and Aubade
edb 0705007
Norman Horrod