Bach - Magnificat (BWV 243) & Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten (BWV 207a) - Brandenburg Baroque Soloists - Wellington College

On Monday 21st of August 2017, I played first trumpet with the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists for a workshopped performance of Bach’s Magnificat in D Major (BWV 243). The performance was the culmination of a residential choral course for young singers at the stunning venue of Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire and the group was directed by Ralph Allwood MBE.The choir took on the momentous
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Göttingen International Handel Festival - 2017 - Galakonzert with Dominique Labelle

I travelled to the wonderful University City of Göttingen in Germany to perform with FestspielOrchester Göttingen (FOG) directed by Laurence Cummings. It was delightful to be back at the Göttingen International Händel Festival having enjoyed performing in the 2014 and 2015 festivals.The Galakonzert took place at the Stadthalle on Saturday 13th of May 2017 and it marked the opening of the Göttingen
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Haydn - Creation - Eton College

I performed with The Brandenburg Classical Players at Eton College on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 8:15pm. The performance of Haydn's Creation took place in the magnificent School Hall of Eton College.The chorus was formed of the Eton College Musical Society, The Taplow Youth Choir and Wycombe Abbey School. Ed Yeo conducted the combined choirs and The Brandenburg Classical Players - all were on good
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Handel - Messiah - Wimbledon - Sonoro & Wimbledon Community Chorus

I played first trumpet in a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 18th of March 2017 at St. John’s Church, on Spencer Hill in Wimbledon. The performance involved members of the pro-choir Sonoro, the Wimbledon Community Chorus and the Sonoro Baroque Ensemble, led by Susie Carpenter-Jacobs.The performance was conducted by one of the Artistic Directors of Sonoro, Neil Ferris [who has recently
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Spiritato! - ‘Sound the Trumpet’ - Chichester Assembly Room

I performed the 'Sound the Trumpet' programme with ‘Spiritato’ at the Chichester Assembly Room on Thursday the 16th of February 2017. The evening included works by Purcell, Corbett, Rebel, Fantini, Legrenzi, Albrici, Matheis and Franceschini. Rehearsing Albrici in #chichester ahead of our Sound the Trumpet concert tonight! pic.twitter.com/KW9oOgb3ok— Spiritato! (@Spiritato) February 16, 2017H
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Bach - Magnificat & Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - St. Martin-in-the-Fields

On Saturday the 28th of January 2017, I performed Bach’s Magnificat [BWV 243] and the Cantata: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis [BWV 21] at St. Martin-in-the-Fields as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.Bach's Magnificat is, of course, very well-known and it pairs excellently with BWV 21. I played a very similar programme (although it was the E-flat Magnificat) at the Leipzig BachFest
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Handel & Bach - St. Anne's Kew Green

December 2016 has consisted of several Messiah, B Minor Mass, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio performances. The final concert before the festive season offered a similarly balanced variety of music from Handel and Bach. It featured Part I of Handel's Messiah in the first half and Bach's Magnificat in D [BWV 243] in the second half. The performance took place at St. Anne's in Kew Green, London on
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Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium - Luxembourg & Metz

After two days and two Weihnachtsoratorium performances in Germany, I travelled on to Luxembourg by train and car to join a different Weihnachtsoratorium project, this time with Le Concert Lorrain on Monday 19th of December 2016. From the starting point in Halle I went by train to Köln via Hannover - where I met the third trumpet player, Gareth. From the outskirts of Köln, we met the conductor who
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Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium - Zerbst & Halle

I performed Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium [BWV 248, Cantatas I–III & VI] with the Halle Händelfestpiele Orkester in Zerbst (17th December 2016) and Halle (18th December 2016) in Germany. I had been invited to play with the orchestra as their guest principal trumpet player. The Stadtsingechor zu Halle and the choir of Halle University joined forces to sing the Christmas Oratorio,
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Handel - 'Messiah' - Part I - Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford - Oxford Baroque

On Thursday 15th of December 2016, I performed Part I of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in the majestic chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford. The performance featured the magnificent Choir of Magdalen College, four soloists and the orchestra, Oxford Baroque.The choir and the orchestra - led by violinist Claudia Norz - performed from the nave of the chapel with trumpeters Russell Gilmour and William Russell
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B Minor Mass - Solomon’s Knot - Shoreditch Town Hall

Solomon’s Knot Baroque Collective performed Bach’s B Minor Mass on Sunday the 11th of December 2016 at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. This, the penultimate concert of Spitalfields Music’s Winter Festival 2016, had been selected by The Times as their 'top pick' in the Classical column (written by Richard Morrison).© James BerrySolomon's Knot brought their characteristic - now trademark
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‘Bach’s Christmas Vespers 1723’ - Oxford Baroque - King’s Place

Oxford Baroque performed a programme entitled ‘Bach’s Christmas Vespers 1723’ on Saturday 10th of December 2016 at King’s Place - as part of the venue's ‘Baroque Unwrapped’ season. Jeremy Summerly conducted the choir and orchestra of Oxford Baroque throughout this fascinating programme which included liturgically-linked music by Bach, Franck, Gabrieli, Kuhnau, Praetorius and others.JS Bach
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Spiritato - Guts & Glory - York Early Music Winter Festival

Spiritato’s final 2016 performance of their ‘Guts & Glory’ programme opened the York Early Music Winter Festival on Thursday 8th of December 2016 at St. Margaret’s Church in York - home of the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM). The ensemble was led by the wonderful violinist Kinga Ujszaszi.The fun Guts and Glory project finished for 2016 in York last night. Thank you guys for all your
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Handel - Messiah - Voces8 - The Gresham Centre

The Gresham Centre at the church of St Anne & St Agnes (near the old city wall of London) was the venue for Voces8's performance of Handel's 'Messiah' on Monday the 5th of December 2016. According to the Gresham Centre's website, there has been a church on this site since 1137 - though it has been rebuilt several times due to fire (including the 1666 Great Fire of London) and the Blitz of the Second
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Bach - Christmas Oratorio - Exeter Cathedral

Devon Baroque and Exeter Festival Chorus performed J S Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 3rd December 2016. The performance was directed by Aidan Oliver.The Exeter Festival Chorus did an excellent job and the soloists, Anna Patalong (soprano), Kate Symonds-Joy (alto), David Webb (tenor) and Benedict Nelson (bass) were all very good too.The guest conductor, Aidan Oliver, had
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Handel - Deborah - Newcastle Upon Tyne

The Newcastle Upon Tyne Bach Choir performed George Frederic Handel's oratorio 'Deborah’ [HWV 51] in the King's Hall at Newcastle University on Saturday 16th of November 2016. Eric Cross conducted the choir and the orchestra: Newcastle Baroque. We were joined by excellent soloists: Charlotte La Thrope (Soprano - Deborah), Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson (Soprano - Jael), Rosanna Cooper (Mezzo-Soprano -
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Rutter - Gloria - Headington School

Headington School in Oxford put on a concert showcasing the talents of their thriving Music Department [@MusicHSO] on Thursday 24th November 2016.The programme featured an array of the school ensembles. The school choir had chosen to sing John Rutter’s ‘Gloria’ and a number of professional brass players joined them. There were also three very good brass players from the school playing in the
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OAEducation - Music is Special

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment joined forces with Camden Music to put on an educational project called 'Music is Special' at Cecil Sharp House on Monday 21st of November 2016. This innovative project integrated students from two special needs schools and two mainstream schools with the period-instrument players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Composer and animateur, Sam Chaplin
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Handel - Messiah - Esher

Venturing into the 18th Century, the Monteverdi String Band performed Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with The Ripieno Choir (directed by David Hansell) in the London suburb of Esher on Saturday 19th of November 2016. The Monteverdi String Band was joined by two oboes, a bassoon, two trumpets and timpani for the performance of Handel’s glorious ‘Messiah’.Wonderful evening yesterday venturing into the
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Croft - Te Deum & Torelli - Trumpet Sonata - St. Andrew’s Church - Cheam

The Little Baroque Company, led by Kinga Ujszaszi, performed with the St. Cecilia Chorus on Saturday 12th of November at St. Andrew’s Church in Cheam. The evening, conducted by Jonathan Rennert promised ‘festive and celebratory music from the first half of the 18th century… predominantly bright in mood, with brilliant orchestral colour, often featuring trumpets.'The ensemble performed William
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Spiritato - Guts & Glory - Brighton Early Music Festival 2016

Spiritato's tour of the 'Guts & Glory' programme continued on Friday 11th November 2016 at St. George’s Kemp Town, in Brighton. The performance was part of the Brighton Early Music Festival 2016.Brighton Early Music Festival had chosen the theme of ‘Nature & Science’ for their 2016 festival, exploring observation, discovery, invention and creation. In the spirit of innovation, Spiritato
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Spiritato - Guts & Glory - St. George’s Bristol

St. George’s in Bristol was the venue for the most recent performance of Spiritato’s 'Guts and Glory' programme. Click here to read an older post about this programme.The concert took place on the 9th of November 2016 in this magnificent venue in the vibrant city of Bristol. Spiritato performed the programme with vigour and assurance, informing and delighting the audience along the way. The programme
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Vivaldi - Gloria & Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major - Chichester

Trumpeters Russell Gilmour and William Russell travelled to Chichester on Saturday 5th November 2016, to be involved in a concert entitled ‘Gloria’, hosted by the choir 'Chichester Voices’ and their director Andrew Naylor. The all-Vivaldi programme was performed in St. George’s Church on Cleveland Road and featured Vivaldi’s: ‘Magnificat’, ‘Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major’, ‘Beatus
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Vivaldi - Gloria - St. Martin-in-the-Fields

I performed Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ with the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists at St. Martin-in-the-fields at 1900 on Thursday 15th of September 2016. The first half of the concert explored instrumental works by J.S. Bach. The Violin Concerto in E major (BWV 1042) and the 'Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major' (BWV1048) were finely-played and led by violinist, Persephone Gibbs.Oboist, Tony Robson and natural
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Scarlatti, Handel & Bach - University of York

I performed with Kasia Slawski (Soprano) in her Final MA Recital which took place at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York on Monday 12th of September.Kasia had chosen to sing music by Scarlatti, Handel and Bach. She was accompanied by Peter Seymour on the Harpsichord and Organ, and by myself (Russell Gilmour) on Baroque Trumpets in C and in D.Her recital began with two movements
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Prom 68 - Rossini - ‘Semiramide’ - Sir Mark Elder - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

As a young lad, if I showed any reluctance to attend a rehearsal I was given the choice of: 'band, ballet or bed'. I ruled out ballet immediately and always chose band eventually. To a six-year-old, the prospect of going to bed early seemed like a punishment - how times change! Being allowed to stay up late was a privilege reserved for very special occasions - one such occasion being the Last Night
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Manannan's Isle - Culture Vannin - Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man

Culture Vannin put on a show on Sunday 24th of July at the Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man called ‘Manannan’s Isle’. It combined Manx music with Manx dance and Manx folklore and gave the audience a flavour of a similar show given at the 2015 Festival Interceltique de Lorient (FIL). 2015 had been ’the year of the Isle of Man and Cornwall’. Click here to read my earlier blog about the 2015
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Hampton Court Palace - Tudor Music

I performed Tudor music from the time of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of July 2016. I played the natural trumpet and the cornetto in several different formations of ensemble, in various locations around the palace and grounds. Other colleagues played upon the sackbutt, lute, tenor drum, tambourine, bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy, showing a selection of the instruments
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16th & 20th Century Music - Hampstead Parish Church

On Saturday 25th of June 2016, I performed music by Gabrieli, Banchieri, Vaughan-Williams and Rutter in Hampstead Parish Church (St. John-at-Hampstead). The Hampstead Chamber Choir, conducted by Dominic Brennan, had chosen an eclectic mix of music for choir, brass, organ and percussion.The concert began chronologically, with the ancient music in the first half (performed on modern instruments). The
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Bach - Magnifcat & Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - Winchester Cathedral - Ars Eloquentiae

Zelenka - HypocondrieBach - Magnificat in DBach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2- Interval -Handel - Dixit DominusArs Eloquentiae and the Southampton Philharmonic Choir performed a programme of demanding choral and instrumental works on Saturday 18th of June 2016. The 7:30pm concert in Winchester Cathedral was attended by a substantial and ethereally back-lit audience. As the concert began the sun was
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Solomon’s Knot - Nikolaikirche - Leipzig Bachfest 2016

The baroque collective Solomon’s Knot performed on the second day of Leipzig’s Bachfest, giving a concert on Saturday, 11th of June 2016 in the Nikolaikirche. The singers performed the entire concert from memory and the conductorless ensemble wowed the Leipzig audience with what the Leipzig Bachfest described as an ‘outstandingly vivid’ performance. The response from the audience was overwhelming
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Vivaldi Dixit Dominus & Bach Magnificat - St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

On Saturday 21st May 2016 I performed with Sinfonia Britannica in the National Musicians’ Church in London, otherwise known as St Sepulchre-without-Newgate on Holborn Viaduct.Soloists: Miriam Allan, Elizabeth Weisberg, Cathy Bell, Greg Tassell and Julian DebreuilJoanna Tomlinson directed the large and enthusiastic voices of the Constanza Chorus through three demanding works: Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit
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Händel - Israel in Egypt - Oxford Early Music Festival

Oxford Early Music festival put on a concert of Georg Frederic Händel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ on Friday 13th of May 2016 in the University of Oxford’s first official building, the University Church. The International Baroque Players joined a fantastic line-up of soloists: Emma Kirkby (soprano), Robyn Allegra Parton (soprano), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Jonathan Arnold
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Bach - B Minor Mass - St. Martin-in-the-Fields

I participated in a performance of Bach's B Minor Mass at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. The performance was on modern instruments, so I played on the piccolo trumpet - as is the convention with modern trumpet players. These days, the majority of my work is on period instruments so it is very rare for me to play Baroque music on modern instruments. I did miss the rich sounds of the natural trumpets
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Monteverdi Vespers - City Temple, The Esterhazy Singers, London Youth Choir & Little Baroque Co

I played Cornetto with The Little Baroque Company, performing Monteverdi's Vespers in London's 'City Temple' (Holborn Viaduct) on Monday 25th April 2016. Esther Jones conducted the orchestra and the combined choirs of The Esterhazy Singers and London Youth Choirs. Esther even conducted to another conductor (Greg Hallam) who relayed the tempo to the members of the youth choirs, who were facing away
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Bach - B Minor Mass - Cheam

St Andrew's Church in Cheam, (in the London Borough of Sutton) was the venue for a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass on Saturday 16th of April 2016. The performance was given by the St Cecilia Chorus and the Little Baroque Company (orchestra). The performance was directed by Jonathan Rennert.It was a fantastic orchestra and the choir did a wonderful job singing this epic and virtuosic work.Soloists:Soprano:
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Guts & Glory - Spiritato!

Last week saw the realisation of Spiritato’s innovative ‘Guts and Glory’ project. Exploring ‘equal tension’ strings and using natural trumpets without finger holes, the group devised and delivered a programme of 17th Century music by Biber, Schmelzer, Vejvanovsky and Bertali.The project began with an open rehearsal and discussion event on Friday 8th April 2016 in which Spiritato welcomed
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Yorkshire Bach Choir & Yorkshire Baroque Soloists - Bach - Ascension & Easter Oratorio

I left home very early on Saturday morning to be able to spend the morning in York before rehearsing and performing there. I had arranged to meet my friend from the Isle of Man (Matthew) and we both arrived in York at 0930. We had a good breakfast before visiting the National Railway Museum and we had a brief wander around York before my rehearsal. With the recent media coverage of the completion and
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'Baroque Masterpieces' - Sonoro Choir and Ensemble - St. Martin-in-the-Fields

On Tuesday the 23rd February 2016, the choir 'Sonoro' gave a performance of a programme entitled 'Baroque Masterpieces' at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. The programme showcased the vibrant sonority of this new professional choir with performances of Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and Bach's 'Magnificat in D'. The Sonoro Baroque Ensemble, led by Simon Standage also performed
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Monteverdi - Vespers - St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

I was involved in a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers in the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, just off Trafalgar Square in London. The performance took place at 8pm on Saturday 30th January 2016 and it was given by the choir of Royal Holloway, University of London - directed by Rupert Gough. The orchestra was provided by Bob Porter and was called the ‘Brandenburg Baroque Soloists’. It consisted
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New Year Concert - Saarbrücken - Bach & Vivaldi

I visited Germany to play in a New Year Concert at the Congreßhalle in Saarbrücken. It was held on Sunday 2nd of January 2016. I played in the equivalent concert last year, on the 1st of January 2015 - when it was held in the Ludwigskirche in Saarbrücken. The initial idea had been to perform Handel’s Messiah in the 2016 concert, but unfortunately the Congresshalle had already recently hosted a
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‘Christmas in Leipzig’ - Solomon’s Knot - Schelle, Kuhnau, Bach - St. John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival

The ‘baroque collective’ Solomon’s Knot gave a performance entitled ‘Christmas in Leipzig’ on Monday 21st December 2015 as part of St. John’s Smith Square’s 30th Christmas Festival. The concert featured music by three composers who consecutively held the position of Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig: Johann Schelle, Johann Kuhnau and Johann Sebastian Bach."This concert gives us a
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Handel - Messiah - Kew Green - Ars Eloquentiae

On Saturday 19th of December 2015, I performed Handel's 'Messiah' at St. Anne's Church in Kew Green, London, with the group Ars Eloquentiae.The performance was directed by the wonderfully energetic Chad Kelly. He lead the ensemble and small chorus through this work from the chamber organ at the front - leading with clarity and excitement. After several encouraging gestures and glances from the director,
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Handel - Messiah - Peterborough Cathedral - The Saraband Consort

I played first trumpet in Handel’s Messiah in Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 18th of December 2015. The performance was one of the most enjoyable of the whole season on account of the glorious acoustic and due to the high standard of the combined forces of the Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus. The soloists were all excellent: Soprano - Robyn Allegra Parton, Alto - Owen
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Spitalfields Music - Bach - Christmas Oratorio - Solomon’s Knot

The final concert of Spitalfields Music’s Winter Festival was given by the Baroque Collective - ‘Solomon’s Knot’ on Tuesday 15th of December 2015 at Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) in London. This was Solomon’s Knot’s debut at Spitalfields Music.The group performed parts I, III, V and VI from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio without a conductor and the eight singers performed the whole concert
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Handel - Messiah - St. Mary Abbots Church, London

I played first trumpet in Handel's Messiah with the Purcell Orchestra on Sunday the 13th of December 2015 in St. Mary Abbots Church, near High Street Kensington in London.The choir were a small and excellent group of vocalists, called the 'St Mary Abbots Singers'. They sailed their way through the Messiah under the clear direction of their conductor Mark Uglow. It was a very pleasant performance and
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Messiah - Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich

I participated in a performance of Handel's Messiah in Greenwich, London. The Dulwich Choral Society performed this seasonal favourite on Saturday 12th of December 2015 in the beautiful and highly ornate Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.We hope you enjoyed our Messiah last night. We're now looking forward to our Dove and Orff concert on Sat 12th March pic.twitter.com/4YgjwGijfC—
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Baroque Christmas - Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey was the magnificent venue for a concert entitled ‘Baroque Christmas’ on Saturday 5th of December 2015 at 7:30pm. The concert was given by the Sherborne Chamber Choir, the ensemble ’In Echo’ [founded by Gawain Glenton who is now a resident of Sherborne] and trumpet players from the Altenburg Ensemble. The advertising for the concert had invited the audience to ‘join us as we
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B Minor Mass - St Albans

I performed at St Saviour's Church in St Albans on Saturday November 28 2015 at 7:30pm. Conductor John Gibbons conducted the St Albans Chamber Choir and the Lawes Baroque Players through J. S. Bach's B Minor Mass. The soloists were Bethany Partridge, Helen Charlston, Hiroshi Amako and Michael Craddock.
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Spiritato! - Hackney Proms - 'Gulliver’s Travels: A voyage to Lilliput’

‘Spiritato!’ performed a family-orientated programme as part of the ‘Hackney Proms’ at Stoke Newington Town Hall on at 13:15 on Sunday 22nd November 2015. The programme was entitled ‘Gulliver’s Travels: A voyage to Lilliput’.The programme consisted of many short movements that fitted around a script - which was excitingly narrated by Will Russell (dressed as Gulliver). The lively narration
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Purcell - Hail Bright Cecilia - Middle Temple Hall

In what has been a busy week, I returned (early in the morning) from Wrocław in Poland to the United Kingdom for a concert on Thursday 19th of November 2015. I returned to the Temple area in London to perform just a few metres away from where I performed ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ on Monday 16th of November 2015. This time it was with slightly different forces (The
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Gorczycki - Completorium - National Forum of Music, Wrocław

I travelled to Wrocław in Poland to perform Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki's 'Completorium' in a concert of chamber music, played in the Red Hall (Sala Czerwona) at the National Forum of Music (Narodowe Forum Muzyki). The concert was given on the 18th of November 2015 and it marked the 50th Anniversary of a message being sent from Polish Bishops to German Bishops after World War 2.'Chamber concert
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Roman, Zelenka & C.P.E Bach in Great Malvern

On Saturday 14th November 2015, I played Roman’s Drottingholm Music, Zelenka’s Missa Paschalis and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Magnificat in a trumpet section with Richard Fomison and Matt Wells. We were playing under the directorship of Richard Knight at the Malvern Theatres in Great Malvern. The concert was given by the Malvern Festival Chorus and The Musical and Amicable Society. I had never
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Messiah - Royal Hospital Chelsea

Was today, 4th November 2015, the beginning of the ‘Messiah season’ this year? Quite possibly, but it began in style at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. The Messiah was directed by William Vann, who holds the Director of Music and Organist position there. I played in a section with Richard Fomison and Robert Howes (Timpani). There were many familiar faces in the choir and orchestra including many
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Zelenka the Bohemian Bach - St. John's Smith Square & Bury Court Barn

Playing with ‘Spiritato!’ is becoming synonymous with performing innovative programmes in interesting settings. I participated in a project which involved two performances, the first of which was on October 20th in St. John’s Smith Square in London and the second was on November 1st at Bury Court Barn, in Bentley near Farnham in Surrey. The performances were presented by St. John’s Smith Square
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Spiritato! - Sound the Trumpet at Wiltshire Music Centre

On Wednesday 30th of September I performed with 'Spiritato!' in their lunchtime concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon. The concert, entitled 'Sound the Trumpet', included music by Purcell, Corbett, Matteis, Albrici and Francescini. It explored the links between English and Italian styles.We had performed similar programmes to this earlier this year at the Forge in Camden and at the
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Cantus Thüringia - Johann Peter Kellner - Gräfenroda

I travelled to the Thüringen region of Germany to participate in Cantus Thuringia's project; to perform and record music by Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772). The project took place in the village of Gräfenroda, where Kellner was born and we performed in the church in which Kellner worked as the Cantor from 1732. The village of Gräfenroda is around 50 kilometres South-West of Weimar and it is set
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OAEducation - St. Mary Brookfield - London

On Saturday 19th of September, I performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in their 'Water Cycle' Education project. The event took place in St. Mary Brookfield church (NW5) at 6pm. The trumpet section consisted of William Russell, myself, Adrian Woodward and Adrian Bending on Timpani. We played Händel's 'Zadok the Priest' and excerpts from Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen'. Will had more
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Reconstructing, Performing & Recording Marcin Mielczewski’s ‘Vesperae Dominicales' for 50th Wratislavia Cantans Festival

The National Forum of Music in Wrocław commissioned me to 'recreate' cornett and sackbutt parts for Marcin Mielczewski's Vesperae Dominicales. The original version of the piece has eight vocal parts, two violin parts, a dulcian part and basso continuo, though historical sources indicate that this would have been extended to include cornetts and sackbutts in a later version. A later manuscript
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National Forum of Music - Wrocław - Opening Concert

It was an immense honour to perform in the opening concert of the new National Forum of Music (Narodowe Forum Muzyki) in Wrocław, Poland. The NFM is an incredible facility and a stunning addition to Wrocław's architectural skyline and musical culture. It will play a valuable role during Wrocław's 'European Capital of Culture' status in 2016.  The musicians of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
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Grand Baroque II - Exeter Cathedral - Blackdowns Early Music Projects

Exeter Cathedral was the venue for a concert entitled 'Grand Baroque II', organised by Blackdowns Early Music Projects. It was the sequel to their successful debut concert in 2013.The Altenburg Ensemble, consisting of Steve Bailey, Steve Burke, Steve Gilbey, myself, Katie Hodges, William Russell and guest player Jean-François Madeuf, opened the concert with a performance of Biber's Sonata for 6 trumpets
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Bach's Library - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with The Parley of Instruments

I performed with 'The Parley of Instruments', directed from the harpsichord by Peter Holman, in a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F Major (BWV 1047) in a concert entitled 'Bach's Library' which was given for the participants of the Cambridge Early Music Summer School. The concert took place at 8pm on Wednesday 5th of August 2015 at Great St. Mary's in the Market Place in the magnificent
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Israel in Egypt - Brandenburg Baroque Sinfonia

I participated in a performance of Handel’s oratorio 'Israel in Egypt’ with Twickenham Choral Society at All Saints Church in Kingston-upon-Thames. Christopher Herrick directed the choir and the Brandenburg Baroque Sinfonia. I played second trumpet to Neil Brough. The rehearsal was very well organised and it ran exactly to the timings that the director had planned - starting with full forces and
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Handel Messiah with Oxford Baroque and the Choir of Magdalen College

I performed Handel’s Messiah with Oxford Baroque on Monday 29th of June 2015 at the Church of St John the Evangelist on Iffley Road as part of the MCS Arts Festival 2015. The orchestra accompanied singers from the Choir of Magdalen College and the performance was directed from the harpsichord by Daniel Hyde.St John the Evangelist is a beautiful venue. It has a very peaceful courtyard garden
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Bach Vespers at St. Mary-at-Hill - Ein ungefärbt Gemüte (BWV 24) & Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (BWV 51)

One of my ambitions in life is to be able to play everything Bach wrote for the trumpet and associated instruments. This might sound like a fairly modest ambition - it’s not like I’m attempting to climb Mount Everest, win on centre court at Wimbledon or become a best-selling novelist - but you may be surprised by just how much is involved in this seemingly humble endeavour.The collected parts included
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King's Lynn - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - 'Water Cycle'

On Friday 1st of May, I performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a concert and education workshop at the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. I played 2nd trumpet in Handel’s Coronation Anthem - ‘Zadok the Priest’. My part in the performance was very small, as I was only involved in this performance of ‘Zadok the Priest’. The rest of the programme included round-singing,
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St. John's Smith Square - Purcell, Rameau & Charpentier

I played with the orchestra 'Spiritato!' in a performance of music by Purcell, Rameau and Charpentier at St. John’s Smith Square on Wednesday 29th of April 2015. The performance was directed by Scott Price.Spiritato! began the programme with Henry Purcell’s ‘Suite from Abdelazer’. This set the scene for the first half of the concert which exclusively included works by Henry Purcell. The Schola
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Saarbrücken - Easter Oratorio & Ascension Oratorio

Over the weekend, I performed an all-Bach programme in Saarbrücken in Germany with Le Concert Lorrain. The programme included the Easter Oratorio (BWV 249), Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo (BWV 1060) and the Ascension Oratorio (BWV 11) and it had attracted a large audience to the Stiftskirche St. Arnual in Saarbrücken, Germany for a 5pm performance on Sunday 26th April 2015. The
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The Sage, Gateshead - B Minor Mass

I travelled to the Sage in Gateshead to take part in my first B Minor Mass of the year. I was playing second trumpet to Crispian Steele-Perkins, with George Parnaby on third trumpet. One of George's students, Adam Wood, was sitting in with the section in the rehearsal to experience what it is like to be in a natural trumpet section. He will be going to the Royal College of Music in September.This was
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Spiritato! at the Forge

'Spiritato!' gave a concert at The Forge in Camden on Tuesday 3rd of February 2015. The group performed works by:H Purcell: King ArthurOverture : Air : Act I OvertureH Purcell: Sonata in Four Parts No.3 in A minorW Corbett: Suite in DOuverture : Aria : Gavotta : Sarabanda : Minuet : Air Ecossois : Air : Marche : MinuetG F Rebel: Les Caractères de la danse~ Interval ~G Fantini: Sonata a due Trombe
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Cambridge Baroque

The chapel in Trinity College in Cambridge was the venue for Cambridge Baroque's concert on Saturday evening. The concert featured music by Bach, Schütz and Gabrieli.I played the Cornetto in Gabrieli's 'O Magnum Mysterium' and I played the Natural Trumpet in the Schütz 'Christmas Story'. The trumpets symbolise the royalty of King Herod, and accompany him in his aria.I took the opportunity to arrive
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New Year Concert in Saarbrücken

It was great to spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Saarbrücken in Germany for a concert of music by Bach and Telemann. The concert was given by the French group Le Concert Lorrain. The section of three natural trumpets and timpani included myself on first trumpet, William Russell on 2nd and Olivier Picon on 3rd, with Frithjof Koch on Timpani. We played music intended for the New Year, including
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Messiah in Kew Green with Ars Eloquentiae

My final Messiah of the year was in Kew Green with Ars Eloquentiae, directed by Chad Kelly.I have had the pleasure of performing with this group on several other occasions over the past few years. This time the group was joined by a hand-picked ensemble of 12 vocalists.The group performed Handel's Messiah to a full audience at St. Anne's Church in Kew Green, London. The good sense of energy made what
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Brangwyn Hall - Messiah, Swansea

Myself and fellow trumpeter, Will Russell travelled to Swansea in Wales on Friday night, ready for an afternoon rehearsal and evening performance of Handel's Messiah on Saturday. We stayed with very generous hosts and we had chance on Saturday morning to relax over a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a walk on the beach at Mumbles. For lunch we met our hosts John and Sarah at a local restaurant (The Sketty
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Bad Gandersheim

I visited Bad Gandersheim in Germany to play first trumpet in Bach's Christmas Oratorio. I played this concert with the Gottingen Baroque Orchestra, led by the violinist, Henning Vater.Bad Gandersheim is a small town, about an hour's drive south of Hanover. I arrived in Hanover after a very early flight from London Heathrow. I had time to explore Hanover before being picked up outside Hanover Hauptbahnhof
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York

York is wonderful city. It is one of those places that I always leave and think, 'I could easily live there'. There's a relaxed charm about the place. It has a good balance of down to earth people, fine architecture, interesting history, an excellent university (and all that comes with) and good rail links up and down the East Coast mainline, and also over the Pennines to Manchester.While we are on
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Solomon's Knot Messiah - St. John's Smith Square

I played first trumpet in a performance of Handel's Messiah at St. John's Smith Square on Friday 5th of December 2014. The performance, given by Solomon's Knot was a refreshingly vibrant performance of this well-known work. The eight singers performed the entire piece from memory, which somehow gave the impression that the music was being spontaneously composed. The movements flowed seamlessly into
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Wimbledon International Music Festival

I performed Haydn's Nelson Mass in the Wimbledon International Music Festival. The performance took place at St John’s Church on Saturday 8th of November 2014, in a programme which also included Mozart's 'Exsultate Jubilate' (K.165) and Rachmaninov's 'Vespers Music from the All-Night-Vigil'. I had the pleasure of playing in a section with the former principal trumpet player of the BBC Symphony Orchestra,
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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Recording & Performance

On Tuesday 4th of November 2014, I performed as an off-stage trumpeter with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in (or technically, just outside) the Royal Festival Hall in London. Sir Mark Elder conducted Donizetti's 'Les Martyrs', directing around 150 performers. My modest role involved playing a straight fanfare trumpet, which was provided for me by the orchestra. It had valves (which
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Usedom Music Festival

After a successful concert in the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław, after a break of a week - the group travelled to the Island of Usedom in the North East of Germany, near the Polish border on the Baltic coast.I flew from London Heathrow to Berlin Tegel Airport, with my colleague Stephen Gilbey. We took a train from the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Anklam station on mainland Germany, where we were
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Katowice

I was invited to play Bach's Jauchzett Gott In Allen Landen (BWV 51) in Katowice in Poland. I had never been to Katowice before and I was scheduled to be in Wrocław the preceding day, so it fitted perfectly into my schedule.Upon my arrival to Katowice, I was welcomed by a lady who showed me the way to the hotel. At first we struggled to find a way through the major building works going on
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Sowerby Music & Passacaglia

On Saturday 19th of July 2014, I travelled to Sowerby, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire, to play for 'Sowerby Music' with the ensemble 'Passacaglia'.The London-based ensemble gave the final concert of the season for Sowerby Music. The organisers described the event as "an unashamedly celebratory concert", which combined a birthday celebration of one of the organisers and the remarkable milestone of Sowerby
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Bach - Brandenburg II & Magnificat with Ars Eloquentiae at Douai Abbey

Ars Eloquentiae, meaning 'the Art of Eloquence', is a young and lively ensemble, specialising in period instrument performance. It is so great to work with people of my generation. I know people in this group from a range of place such as: the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music. There are also several players I know from attending Dartington Summer School and others I know
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Orchestra of the 18th Century

I had the opportunity to hear the Orchestra of the 18th Century under the inspiring leadership of Frans Brüggen. They were performing in the Polish Radio Studio 1, as part of the Chopin Piano Festival, 2013. Hearing the orchestra under Brüggen was the fulfilment of a long-held ambition, on account of their amazing recordings and excellent reputation. It was a real privilege to
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Festival du Beaune, France

On Sunday 28th July, Russell performed in the Burgundy region of France with the Gabrieli Consort - directed by Paul McCreesh.The concert was part of the Beaune Festival. The group gave a performance of L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (HWV 55) by Handel, which was streamed live online. It will be broadcast on television in September. The online stream of the concert is available to
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Performance at Hampton Court Palace

Russell performed works by Handel and Bach at Hampton Court Palace on the 28th of June 2013. He was privileged to perform with Crispian Steele-Perkins and William Russell.(L-R) Russell Gilmour, William Russell & Crispian Steele-Perkins
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Concert at St. Thomas' Church

On Wednesday 5th of June at 19:30, Russell Gilmour and David Kilgallon will be performing lively and traditional celtic music for trumpet and organ in St. Thomas' Church in Douglas. Admission is free, and there will be an opportunity to sponsor our upcoming CD recording project upon exit. A great way for visitors to the Island to hear some of our musical heritage!
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Basilica di San Marco, Venice

By the time Giovani Gabrieli had died, St. Mark's Basilica was already 541 years old.The building, as I am sure you know, is colossally incredible. With over a million million pieces of mosaic on the ceilings and seven domes - it's a rather impressive sight. Look down and you also won't be disappointed: the intricate stone floor is detailed beyond comprehension. Architecturally, this building has a
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Westminster Abbey

Performing “Let the Bright Seraphim” and Purcell “Trumpet Voluntary” at Westminster Abbey, LondonI was very fortunate to be asked to play in Westminster Abbey and what a fantastic experience it was! The acoustic was phenomenal and the sound of the trumpet reverberated for around ten seconds (or so it felt). I performed with Soprano, Anna Sandstrøm, who I met at Dartington earlier this year
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Christmas Oratorio, Farnham

Bach: Christmas OratorioSt. Andrew’s ChurchFarnham: Surreywith The Brandenburg Baroque SoloistsOf course the highlight I was expecting in this Christmas Oratorio was David Staff’s playing in the final Chorus: “Lxiv. Choral: Nun Seid Ihr Wohl Gerochen” which really did steal the show, however another of the highlights of this concert was hearing Pip Eastop and Tom Kane play horn in “Xlii.
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