Another trumpet legend gone: James Watson dies, age 59.


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james watsonJames Watson has passed away suddenly, aged 59.

Former principal trumpet player with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House and London Sinfonietta, Professor James Watson was a giant within the trumpet, orchestra, and brass band worlds.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, said: “Jim was an Academy figure, man and boy, one of the country’s finest trumpet players, a hugely influential teacher and a beloved colleague.”

He will be missed dearly by colleagues, students, family and friends, and of course, audience members around the U.K. and around the world.

4 Responses to “Another trumpet legend gone: James Watson dies, age 59.”

  1. David Stirling says:

    Jim was a very good friend to me in my early years working with the RPO, we were the same age and he was the supreme professional. I shall miss him so much.
    David Stirling

    • Jon Gorrie says:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. I wasn’t so fortunate to have a lot of contact with Jim Watson, although I do remember him very well at my audition at the RAM. He was extremely warm and welcoming, and I think this was a big reason why that particular audition went so well! I’m sure he will be sadly missed by thousands of friends, family, and fellow brass players.
      /Jon

  2. Alwyn Green says:

    I have very fond memories of working with Jim. He was one of the greatest trumpet players I knew, but more than that, a superb all round musician. Even better, he was a lovely guy who was so easy to work with. We shall miss him hugely.
    Alwyn Green

  3. Duncan Wallace says:

    I shall never forget being taken by Jimmy at the age of 16 around Abbey Road, down to the Fairfield Halls and then RFH across a weekend to experience a ‘Weekend in the Life’ of being a professional musician, staying at his house over the weekend and somewhere fitting in a couple of hours tuition with me. As always it was about the total experience with Jim and while my career ultimately took me in different directions, his dedication and discipline to what he did left a huge impression on me. A great, kind and considerate man. RIP – Duncan Wallace

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