Child prodigies in brass – a selection of vintage images of children who played brass instruments

Over the years there have been many outstanding child musicians who have excelled at their particular instrument(s). Some of these went on to become accomplished adult artists and/or composers, others disappeared in the mists of time. During the 19th century in particular, children who showed musical promise were often exploited, as solo artists or within family ensembles or “professional” groups, their youth and musical ability being an attractive novelty to audiences. A small collection of images of these child performers is collected in the paper below:

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