Martin Murphy

ARTFORMS: Music , French Horn


Lanarkshire’s own Martin Murphy started to learn to play the horn at school when he was ten years old and has since played on a borrowed instrument. Martin has a clear career path in music in mind and sees himself one day in ‘the principal chair in one of the best orchestras in the world’.

At an early age, Martin showed his natural musical talent and rapidly developed this talent at school to become one of the best students his music teacher had encountered in 17 years of teaching. He has played in many well-known ensembles in Scotland including the West of Scotland Schools Concert Band, Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, and also in orchestras throughout the UK, including Northern Symphonia. As well as playing a mean horn, Martin also plays the piano at competitive level. He has formed his own wind orchestra that regularly plays at Christmas charity and other concerts.

To his delight, Martin has been accepted by Glasgow’s RSAMD to study for a degree in music. His future ambition is to continue postgraduate study in London or abroad and work with the best orchestras in the world.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award has enabled Martin to buy a professional standard French horn.

I would like to emphasise and highlight the fact that this is a huge help to me and my studies at the RSAMD.