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Many members of the royal family were talented musicians

William Shaw

Trumpet 1787

RCIN 72313

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This trumpet was supplied for George III’s private band. Both George III and Queen Charlotte had their own bands or small orchestras. The king’s band was composed of older, chiefly English performers, while the queen's chamber band attracted some of the leading foreign instrumentalists in London at the time, such as the viola da gamba player C.F. Abel, the oboist J.C. Fischer and the queen’s piano teacher Johann Christian Bach, son of Johann Sebastian Bach.