Royal Conservatoire honours legacy of former Head of Brass, Maurice Temple

Published: October 20, 2017


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has celebrated the memory of former Head of Brass, Maurice Temple, with the dedication of a room in his honour.

Family, colleagues and friends gathered for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the dedication of the Maurice Temple Room during the British Horn Festival at the Royal Conservatoire on Sunday 15 October. The festival also featured a new commission called Cattywampus by Christopher Gough, principal horn player of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, written as a tribute to Maurice.

The renaming of the brass room ensures Maurice’s legacy will live on at Scotland’s national conservatoire, where he was a Professor of Horn from 1963 and Head of Brass from 1986 until 1995. Generations of his students went on to enjoy successful careers at the pinnacle of the music profession. After retiring, Maurice continued teaching in the institution’s Junior department, helping many more aspiring professionals take their early steps in careers in the performing arts before he passed away in 2015 at the age of 85.

A widely-respected educator, Maurice’s teaching career was underpinned by a 21-year stay in the Scottish National Orchestra, 12 of those as Principal Horn, later moving to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

John Logan, Head of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire, said: “Maurice Temple served the RSAMD, as it was then, with immense distinction. A leading professional horn player in his own right, he was widely respected by colleagues and students alike.

“Maurice’s inspirational teaching at the senior and junior conservatoires helped guide generations of young musicians, ensuring they were equipped with the skills and sense of discipline to succeed at the very highest level. His legacy lives on in the corridors of the Royal Conservatoire and it is only fitting that we remember him in this way.”

Around 200 people attended the British Horn Festival at the Royal Conservatoire. In keeping with Maurice’s dedication to inspiring the next generation, the day gave young players a chance to shine, with around 40 benefiting from coaching sessions and performance opportunities.

Also featuring was a recital from virtuoso performer, Frank Lloyd, and a masterclass led by Berlin Philharmonic horn player, Fergus McWilliam. Tony Catterick held a discussion with David Flack, the former principal horn player of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and attendees took part in a massed blow before the day rounded off with a concert, with professional players and students all taking to the stage.