for the Musicians' Portrait Project
Robert Oades was born in England and studied trumpet at the Royal Military School of Music in 1945-6, at the Royal Academy of Music with George Eskdale in 1950-3, and privately with Ernest Hall.
He moved to Toronto in 1954 where he performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Orchestra under Victor Di Bello, the Hart House Orchestra, and in the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. He was soloist with several choirs, among them The Festival Singers of Canada and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. He founded the Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, whose members performed in Toronto churches during the late 1960s .
After winning a Toronto Bach Society scholarship in 1960, he studied baroque trumpet in Boston with Armando Ghitalla ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armando_Ghitalla ) , then Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1968 under a Canada Council grant he studied with Edward Tarr ( http://www.tarr-online.de/start_en.htm ) in Basel, Switzerland. He subsequently performed Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks on baroque trumpet in Basel with the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble.
From 1963 to 1969, Oades played with the Stratford Festival orchestra, for which he was also personnel manager in 1968. He also co-ordinated Stratford's annual chamber music workshop for several seasons.
He moved to Ottawa in 1969 to join the National Arts Centre Orchestra in its inaugural season. He resigned in 1974 to concentrate on teaching, but continued to appear frequently as a soloist in Ottawa. He also played with the 12-member Ottawa-based Classical Brass from 1982 to 1984, performing on CBC radio and touring regionally.
More on Robert Oades ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/versionsoftruth/3745550435/ ) as a teacher.