We are very sad to learn that the iconic trombone player, Maisie Ringham-Wiggins MBE passed away on Saturday, 3 December.
Maisie was a life-long Salvationist, former Principal Trombone of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra and an inspiration to many. In November this year, the British Trombone Society awarded Maisie the Sheila Tracy Award, an award presented to a female trombonist in recognition of a significant contribution to the field of trombone music.
Maisie was born in 1924 in Woolwich, London, where her parents were the Salvation Army Commanding Officers. According to the Salvation Army archives, ‘on the morning of her birth, the band from Abercarn, Wales, were visiting the Woolwich corps and on hearing the news, they gathered outside the house to play the hymn tune ‘Aberystwyth.’
Maisie has contributed a fantastic amount to the musical world and her pioneering work will continue to inspire musicians worldwide. Thank you, Maisie.