Reviews

  • 2013 September 2013

    Early Music: The Taverners at 40

    Russell Gilmour, one of the performers of the famous L'Orfeo toccata on the Taverners' recent recording, introduced us to one of the trumpets in the Bate Collection, demonstrating the timbre and articulation of a real natural trumpet and putting an eloquent case for the abandonment of the 'Baroque' trumpet of the 1970s.
    Christopher Suckling - The Taverners at 40 - Early Music September 2013- Oxford University Press
  • 2014 March 2014

    Daniel Purcell: The Judgment of Paris

    ...admirably supported by 'Spiritato!' trumpeters William Russell and Russell Gilmour.
    Tullia Giersberg, review of Daniel Purcell - The Judgment of Paris (1701) - British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
  • 2014 August 2014

    Handel: Eternal Source of Light Divine

    Perhaps most moving of all was Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine from Queen Anne’s Birthday Ode with soprano Faye Newton and the small backing ensemble on stage, and trumpeter Russell Gilmour at the front of the church answering or echoing her words.
    Peter Bevan - Darlington & Stockton Times - 8 August 2014
  • 2015 January 2015

    Malta Times: Messiah

    The rest of the ensemble was made up of Nadia Debono and Marcelline Agius on violins, Sarah Spiteri on viola and special guest Russell Gilmour on trumpet. The latter played the few solo trumpet passages beautifully, particularly the obbligato part in the bass aria The Trumpet Shall Sound.
    Alex Vella Gregory review of Goldberg Ensemble - Handel - Messiah - concert at St. John's Pro Cathedral, Valletta - Malta - Malta Times - 25th January 2015
  • 2014 May 2014

    Handel's Joshua - London Festival of Baroque Music

    The brass section of three baroque trumpets and two natural horns blazed when required, and didn't put a single foot wrong all evening.
    Sebastian Scotney, review of Festspiel Orchester Göttingen - Joshua - concert at St. John's, Smith Square - London, 26th May 2014 - The Arts Desk.com
  • 2015 December 2015

    Solomon's Knot: Christmas in Leipzig

    Solomon’s Knot played with assurance and zeal with Rosemary Toll on the drums and celebratory trumpets played by Russell Gilmour, William Russell and Gareth Hoddinott...
    Mary Nguyen - http://culturevulture.net - December 2015 - Culture Vulture
  • 2016 January 2016

    Counsel Magazine

    The concert proper began with two pieces from Handel’s Samson, first performed after his great success with the Messiah. Grace Davidson, superbly accompanied by Russell Gilmour on trumpet, was entrancing in Let the Bright Seraphim.
    HH Judge Philip Bartle QC - Counsel Magazine - January 2016 - The Bar Choral Society
  • 2016 June 2016

    Leipzig Bachfest: Nikolaikirche

    [Bach’s Magnificat] was originally written in Eb major and is extremely virtuosic for instrumentalists as well as singers. It seems to have slightly overstretched the Leipzig Stadtpfeifer, because a few years later, Bach revised the piece, transposing it into the key of D major, which was easier for the trumpeters. Solomon’s Knot, however, chose the original version, and it was audible in every moment that the trumpets did not need to resort to the alternative. In the opening chorus ‘Magnificat anima mea Dominum’, the listeners already experienced an explosion of splendid baroque colour: the infectious swing, and luminous presence of the trumpet parts launched a momentum which carried through until the end of the work. It was never noisy or violent, but rather built to such unbridled joy in music-making in the final chorus, ‘Gloria Patri’, that only the repeat of the final section after frenetic applause could dissipate the excess energy.
    Werner Kopfmüller - Leipziger Volkszeitung - review of Bachfest Leipzig concert in the Nikolaikirche - 13th June 2016 - Translated by Jonathan Sells
  • 2016 December 2016

    The Times: B Minor Mass - Solomon's Knot

    From the first Credo through to the seraphic dazzle of the six-part Sanctus, the group found a rhythmic security that allowed for spontaneity. By the end of the Dona nobis pacem, as the trinity of trumpets soared upwards, it felt as though the hall itself was swelling.
    Anna Picard - "Solomon’s Knot at Shoreditch Town Hall, EC1"- 13th December 2016 - The Times
  • 2016 December 2016

    The Times: B Minor Mass - Solomon's Knot

    Also, the trio of natural trumpets and the timpani were outstanding.
    Nahoko Gotoh - "Solomon's Knot brings wonderful sense of community to Bach's Mass in B minor"- December 2016 - Bachtrack
  • 2017 May 2017

    Göttingen Handel Festival, 2017

    The concert featured a nicely balanced programme of works by Telemann, CPE Bach and Handel. The opening piece, Telemann’s Overture in D major for two trumpets, strings and basso continuo, was a great FOG [FestspielOrchester Göttingen] showcase, displaying their sumptuous sound which is nonetheless transparent in the parts. The marriage of the strings and trumpets (the latter played by David Staff and Russell Gilmour) in the internal ouverture was a delight, as was the energy of the “Les Janissaires” section, the short window with a merrily bubbling bassoon (Rhoda Patrick) and concluding fanfare-ish bourrée.
    Sandra Bowdler - "Return of Dominique Labelle to Göttingen"- May 2017 - Bachtrack