West, Angus

Born in Edinburgh, Angus took up the horn at the age of 11. Moving to Northumberland, Angus first had lessons with Eric Stevenson and eventually Hugh Potts. At the Royal Northern College of Music, he studied under Michael Purton and began a busy freelance career working with the Halle, BBC Northern/Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Northern Sinfonia Orchestras.

His started first job as third horn with Opera North in 1982, moving to the Halle Orchestra as Assistant Principal Horn in 1986. Following further trials with the London Symphony and Scottish National Orchestras Angus took up his current position as Principal Horn with Welsh National Opera in 1990.

As a soloist Angus has performed Mozart’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th concertos as well as the Symphonia Concertante. He has also performed the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Strauss’s 1st Concerto, and the Horn Concerto by Gliere with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra.

Angus has also taught French Horn at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire.