Patrick Harrild was Principal Tuba of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1987 until his retirement in 2017. He has played tuba with most of the major orchestras in England and performed as a chamber musician with a number of ensembles, including frequently with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He gave the first London performances of John Williams’s Tuba Concerto with the composer conducting the LSO, and has also performed and recorded the Vaughan Williams Concerto with the Orchestra.
Patrick Harrild has a keen interest in the nurturing of musical talent and became Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1976 and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 1992. In 1993 he was made Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2001 awarded Teacher of the University of London. He served as a Director for the LSO for many years, and is a former Chairman of the Board.