A lament for Sam Hughes: the last Ophicleidist

Herbert, Trevor (1991). A lament for Sam Hughes: the last Ophicleidist. Planet: the Welsh Internationalist, 87 pp. 66–75.


On 1st April 1898, Sam Hughes died in a small terraced house at Three Mile Cross on the outskirts of Reading. His widow, in grief and poverty, petitioned the Royal Society of Musicians for a small grant to pay for his funeral. The Society, which had treated him kindly in the closing years of his life, responded benevolently once more, for it was known that his passing marked the end of a significant, if brief, era. Sam Hughes was the last great ophicleide player.

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