George Rudall (1781 – 1871)
Born at Crediton,
He was apprenticed by his father to a serge-maker but he
soon relinquished it and shortly after received a commission in the South
Devonshire Militia. He continued to practice the flute without instruction and whilst
quartered with his regiment in
In 1820 or thereabouts, he left his regiment and went to
For many years Rudall played on an 8-key boxwood flute with what were then considered large holes. At the age of 62 he successfully adopted the Boehm system with open G# but it was always a source of regret to his friends that Rudall could never be persuaded to play in public. He even declined an invitation to play before King George III but he was apparently very popular in drawing rooms.
Rockstro remembered his playing as possessing a sweet, clear tone, though not very powerful. His expression was enchanting and execution perfect, reflecting his polished manners and genial disposition.
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