Pupil of Joseph Lingard at
Oliver Bannister was
appointed Second Flute in the Hallé Orchestra in 1943 and became principal in
1945, a position he held until 1963. From that time until his retirement in
1986 he played as Principal Flute at the Royal Opera House,
He played on a Rudall Carte wooden flute throughout the whole of his career making a beautiful, warm, rich sound.