Gordon WalkerGordon Walker (1885–1965) was born in Yorkshire and was largely self-taught. He moved to London before the First World War, where he played in a number of orchestras, notably as principal flute of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was succeeded as principal of the London Symphony Orchestra by his son, Edward Walker (usually known as Eddie). In the mid-1950s Gordon and Eddie Walker formed the Sinfonia of London, which made countless recordings of music for films. Gordon Walker was a member of the London Flute Quartet with Frank Almgill, Charles Stainer and Robert Murchie.Both Gordon and Eddie Walker recorded Edward Elgar’s delightful The Serious Doll from his Nursery Suite, with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gordon’s recording was made with Elgar himself conducting. These recordings are reproduced as a fascinating comparison.Photograph courtesy of Margaret Walker.
Christopher Steward’s early flute recordings
Edward Elgar: The Serious Doll from Nursery Suite. Gordon Walker, flute; London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Elgar. Recording made in 1931.