Warwick - Haydn & Mozart

I performed Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ and Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ at St Mary’s Collegiate Church in the Old Square in Warwick on Saturday 11th of March 2017. Thomas Corns directed the Choirs of St Mary’s Collegiate Church and the period instrument orchestra, led by Lucy Russell.Imogen Russell (soprano)Judy Brown (mezzo-soprano)Matthew Sandy (tenor)Edmund Saddington (bass)For Mozarts Requiem’
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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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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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Birmingham University - Baroque Orchestra Coaching Session

On Saturday morning, I tutored students who were participating in Birmingham University’s Baroque Orchestra. The trumpet players had been asked to play Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3 (BWV 1068) and Rameau’s Suite from Les Indes Galantes. I spent a few hours helping the students with issues of playing in Baroque style and ensuring they were prepared for the intensive weekend of music.
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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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Orchestra of the 18th Century - Tour 123

I made my debut with the Orchestra of the 18th Century on 'Tour 123'. The tour began on the 23rd of November 2014 and finished on the 3rd of December 2014. It included performances in Rotterdam (Holland), Roeselare (Belgium), Dublin (Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Amsterdam (Holland) and The Hague (Holland).It was a huge privilege to be asked to play with the Orchestra of the 18th Century for
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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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Bach Vespers at St.Mary-at-Hill

St. Mary-at-Hill is a delightful church in the heart of London. I have been here several times, for rehearsals and recordings but I had never done a performance there before. I had been invited by the Director of Music and Organist Martin Knizia to play Bach's Jauchzett Gott in Allen Landen BWV 51, with the soprano Emily Atkinson.This concert wasn't in fact a concert at all, it was an evening service,
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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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Gorczycki Recording Volume II

I returned to Wrocław to make a CD recording with Andrzej Kosendiak's ensemble. We recorded more music by Gorczycki for Volume 2 of the National Forum of Music's Gorczycki series. The music is just as stunning as the pieces we played in the first volume. This time we recorded three different pieces of music involving trumpets in three different keys: D, C and B-flat. These included: 'In Virtute
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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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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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Per ardua ad astra

I've now graduated from the Royal College of Music. I went to the graduation ceremony, walked across the stage wearing the gown and hood, listened to some speeches, picked up my certificate, raised a glass with my course-mates and chatted to all and sundry.One of my fellow graduates asked me, "so, what will you be doing now that you've finished?" My answer to myself was simple: I haven't finished really.To
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Recording in Wrocław

I have spent the last few days in Wrocław in Poland. A beautiful city, with lots going on. They are currently building a new home for the Philharmonic (which I am told will be the best acoustic of any concert hall in central Europe) and the Euro 2012 football trophy has been unveiled since we have been here. There is lots happening. Also, yesterday it was 25°C, which was an added bonus.We are here
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Presentation looming

English Slide Trumpet Presentation:The current form of the Presentation is changing. I'm getting rid of most of the text and just using the images as my impetus. I'm working on the basis that people will learn more with a clearer structure.Less is more.It's good to print it out and swap the pages around. Computers are good, but for certain things - they can sometimes be a barrier."The English Slide
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Uncle Jim's Trumpet - Vintage Selmer Manhattan

This vintage Selmer "Manhattan" trumpet from the early 1920s has a remarkable history. It belonged to my great-uncle, Jim Vickers. Uncle Jim played this trumpet all over the world and even in a performance for the King of Iraq - with the Royal Signals.The instrument is what we would now call a 'small bore' trumpet. I used to think that it was the early 1920s recording techniques that were responsible
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Brandenburg Concerto No.2

Dear all,I will be performing Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto on the Natural Trumpet on Friday 24th of June at 19:30 in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music (RCM).Ashley Solomon and the RCM Historical Performance department will be joined by Neal Peres Da Costa and students from the Sydney Conservatorium to give a varied programme of music by Bach, Handel (Concerto
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Brixen, Italy

I recently enjoyed a trip to Brixen, Italy where I performed Mozart’s C Minor Mass and “Jupiter” Symphony with Musica Saeculorum - under the direction of Philipp von Steinaecker. It was a beautiful and fascinating place - which made for a wonderful tour.The music was excellent and it was brilliant to meet and hear so many fabulous musicians from all over Europe.It was also enjoyable to visit
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Dartington 2010

Dartington International Summer School 2010Funeral Cortege: Purcell - Funeral Music for Queen Mary IIFront Row: Timpani covered in black clothSecond Row: Katie Hodges, Russell Gilmour - carrying trumpets in black cloth (symbolising that they would not be played)Third and Fourth Row: Band of DrummersRemaining Rows: Sackbutt ChoirCourtyard MusicL-R: Katie McClaughry, Matthew Manchester, Guy Morley, Andreas,
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Canadian Radio Interview - CKUA

Russell Gilmour on CKUA Radio, Alberta, Canada prior to the “Mission Hill Brass Band and Friends” Concert. Russell was interviewed by CKUA Radio in Edmonton. The above sound recording is the result of this recording. With gracious thanks to CKUA and Brian Dunsmore for their kind permission to use this interview on www.russellgilmour.co.uk. Special thanks to Gordon Russell for his organisational
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Canada Debut Announcement

Next month, Russell is set to perform in the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Canada in the “Mission Hill and Friends” Concert with the Mission Hill Brass Band. He will be performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb on the Keyed Trumpet and Let the Bright Seraphim on the Natural Trumpet with Soprano soloist Catherine Abele.“Mission Hill Brass will be joined by the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton,
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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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Tomes and Tuck

I collected my Tomes Trumpet from Frank’s house in Wimbledon. It works fantastically and is truly beautiful. Frank is such a craftsman.Bill Tuck has contacted me asking me to do a concert with Katie Hodges in London also with the possibility of doing a workshop or lecture about the Natural Trumpet. I am very much looking forward to doing this.Frank Tomes in his workshop in Wimbledon - pictured holding
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The Last Trumpet - Frank Tomes

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet”I currently have a natural trumpet which belongs to the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). I love the instrument (despite its characteristic scratches and dents) and will have to give it back in a year. I had been contemplating offering to buy it off
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Dartington International Summer School 2009

I travelled to Dartington via the Isle of Man Steam Packet and rail from Liverpool, changing at Birmingham for the Cross Country train towards Plymouth which, helpfully, stopped at Totnes (I didn’t have to change at Exeter this year). The rail crossing after Exeter to Totnes was once again spectacular. It follows the contours of the coast and goes in tunnels and all along the edge of the estuary
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Lituus Project, Edinburgh

The project is the result of a collaboration between the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the University of Edinburgh. The project has involved a great deal of research into this forgotten early brass instrument. Traditional methods and the use of specialised software to model the bore profile have been used to build a pair of Lituui, which were brought to Edinburgh by Mike Diprose from the Schola in
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