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Valentine Snow (c. 1700 – December 1770[1][2]) was the trumpeter for George Frideric Handel.

Valentine Snow
Bornc. 1700
DiedDecember 1770
Primary trumpeter of England
Associated actsGeorg Frideric Handel

In 1745 Snow and his wife Mary had a daughter named Sophia when he was the sergeant-trumpeter to George III.[3] She was trained for a musical career and after she eloped she found fame as Sophia Baddeley.[4]

Snow succeeded John Shore as the primary trumpeter of England during the mid-to-late 18th century, which automatically made him the most respected trumpeter in the country. Many of the trumpet parts in the music of Handel were written specifically for him.[5]


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  2. ^ Buried at St Margaret's, Westminster, 30 December 1770
  3. ^ "Baddeley, Sophia". System Simulation. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. ^ Highfill Jr, Philip H.; Burnim, Kalman A.; Langhans, Edward A. (1973). A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800: Abaco to Belfille. SIU Press. ISBN 9780809305179.
  5. ^ Famous Trumpet Players: Valentine Snow | Top Brass Trumpets Retrieved 2013-06-07