Joan Hinde

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Joan Hinde
Joan Hinde 2005.jpg
Background information
Born (1933-10-21)21 October 1933
Eckington, Derbyshire, England
Died 22 January 2015(2015-01-22) (aged 81)
Chichester, West Sussex, England
Genres Classical, easy listening, jazz
Occupation(s) Trumpeter, variety entertainer
Instruments Trumpet, cornet, posthorn
Years active 1940-2012
Associated acts Ken Dodd, Sir Harry Secombe, Max Bygraves, Vic Oliver
Notable instruments
F.E. Olds "Super"

Joan Hinde (21 October 1933 – 22 January 2015) was a British trumpeter and entertainer.[1][2][3]


Joan Hinde was born in Eckington, Derbyshire. At the age of six she began receiving cornet lessons from her uncle, who was the conductor of a local brass band. In 1966 she married Kenneth Hopson and in 1967 gave birth to her daughter, Claire. She and her husband resided in Felpham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex and were close to their daughter and son-in-law who live nearby. She was perhaps the UK's oldest working female trumpeter, and was proud to have been a lifelong member of the very excluside Grand Order of Lady Ratlings.[4] She died at a nursing home in Chichester, West Sussex, on 22 January 2015, aged 81.[5]


Hinde's showbusiness career began on the BBC radio programme, Children's Hour when very young in the early 1940s. In her teens she progressed to regular and legendary appearances on BBC Variety Bandbox, holding her own against fellow performers such as Billy Ternent and Eddie Calvert. It was during this period that she was the only female trumpeter in the world to broadcast Haydn's famous Trumpet Concerto.[6]

At the time when her contemporaries were breaking into the new medium of television, Joan never did, most likely due to ineffective management. Instead, Hinde forged a sparkling reputation on the live variety stage becoming a regular fixture with artistes such as Elsie and Doris Waters, Jimmy James and Co., Gladys Morgan, The Black and White Minstrel Show, Max Bygraves, Sir Harry Secombe and Ken Dodd. It was with the aforementioned Sir Harry that she travelled far and wide entertaining the British armed forces during various conflicts, including the Falklands and Aden.

In 2008 she suffered a slight stroke, which could potentially have meant the end of her trumpet-playing career. However, within eleven days she was onstage at the London Palladium, appearing in the national tribute to Ken Dodd.

For her entire career, she remained a radio, theatre and cabaret artiste, and never broke into the medium of television. In 2002 she made her first television appearance in many years on LWT's Another Audience with Ken Dodd. She appeared as the Lady Mayoress who joined in - apparently uninvited - with Dodd's singing of "The Very Thought of You".

In 2012 it was announced that Hinde would be retiring and making no further stage appearances for reasons of ill health. Hinde died on 22 January 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Hinde married Butlins entertainment manager, Ken Hopson in 1966. They had one daughter, Claire, who designed and made a large proportion of the concert-wear worn by Hinde.


  1. ^ "Entertainers H-L". 1919-04-23. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Golden Greats". Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Edition 2 2009". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Grand Order of Lady Ratlings - Members". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Britain’s First Lady of the Trumpet passes away in Chichester". 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes - Vic Oliver: The First Castaway Remembered". BBC. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 

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