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It has always been Willie Walker 's ambition to form a combination consisting entirely of virtuosos, and this has been amply realised in the case of his Octet. This light orchestra includes such famous names as Alfredo Campoli , Sydney Bright-brother of Ge-raldo-and Bill Shakespeare. All the arrangements for the Octet are by Michael Krein , ' the father of the gypsy band '.
Walker himself started to learn the clarinet when a child of seven in Newcastle, and later studied under Robert Smith , then the most famous clarinet teacher on Tyneside. After holding a position as musical director in a Newcastle cinema, he took over a similar post at a famous Newcastle restaurant. Here the seeds of his versatility were sown, a versatility which was recognised when Debroy Somers , happening to be in Newcastle, dropped into the restaurant one night and shortly afterwards offered him a job.


Unknown: Willie Walker
Unknown: Alfredo Campoli
Unknown: Michael Krein
Unknown: Robert Smith
Unknown: Debroy Somers

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