Born in Bradford in 1885,
Gordon Walker was one of the most respected and busiest of London flautists in
the first half of the twentieth century.
He was principal flute in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
the London Symphony Orchestra 1926-46, and the Royal Italian Opera, Covent
At 18years of age he secured a theatre post in Bradford remaining for 4 years before moving to Newcastle-on-Tyne.
From 1906 to 1911 he played in Edinburgh,
Blackpool in summer and Cheltenham
Herman Finck heard him play and
offered him an appointment in London
where he became principal flute of the Beecham-Denhof
He was a successful soloist and toured Holland, ,
and . His recording of
Henry Bishop’s Lo here the gentle lark with Lily Pons and Elgar’s Nursery
Suite with the composer conducting are classics of
recorded music. His son, Edward and Grandson, Tony both became professional