Laland, Desire


Born in Paris. Studied at the Conservatory, and received his first position of importance in Lamoureux's famous band. In 1886 he went to England, where he played in Halle's Orchestra at Manchester for five years. He then played in the Scottish Orchestra when conducted by Henschel, and afterwards in the Queen's Hall Orchestra until his death. His instrument was the oboe, and he made an envied reputation. His technique was perfect and his power of expression very great. His English horn solos were in great demand.