Bach - O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe [BWV34] and Vivaldi Gloria - St Edmundsbury Cathedral

I performed music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 21st May 2022. I played first trumpet, with William Russell and Gareth Hoddinott in the trumpet section.The performance, which featured the Bury Bach Choir—in their 90th year—and the Suffolk Baroque Players, began with Bach’s O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht [BWV 118] and
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Bach - B Minor Mass - London Oratory

I played first trumpet in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School and the St. Cecilia Players (led by Jean Paterson) on Wednesday 11th May 2022. The performance was directed by Charles Cole and it took place at The Oratory on Brompton Road in London's South Kensington. Singers stepped forward from the ranks of the choir to sing solos and several of the duet
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Bach - Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten [BWV 59] and Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten! [BWV 172] - New College, Oxford

I played first trumpet [BWV 59] and third trumpet [BWV 172] in two of the four Bach cantatas that the Oxford Bach Soloists, directed by Tom Hammond-Davies, performed on Sunday 8th May 2022 at New College, Oxford. The orchestra was led by violinist Conor Gricmanis. The programme featured:BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 44 Sie werden euch in den Bann tun BWV 59 Wer mich liebet, der wird mein
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Bach - B Minor Mass - Oxford Town Hall

I performed Bach’s B Minor Mass at Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 23rd April 2022. The performance featured the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, directed by Steven Grahl, the orchestra Instruments of Time & Truth, and soloists: Robyn Allegra Parton, Lucy Cox, Martha McLorinan, Nick Pritchard and Roderick Williams. This delayed performance marked the 60th anniversary of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford.
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Bach - Easter Oratorio - Gabrieli Consort - Wigmore Hall

It was a case of ‘third time lucky’ for my first appearance on stage at London’s Wigmore Hall: Covid-19 rescheduling brought a diary conflict in September 2021, when I was first due to be playing there. The next time I was invited to play there was in December 2021 but I had to cancel as I had Covid-19 and had to isolate. I was finally able to perform at this highly-revered venue for the first
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Christ lag in Todesbanden, Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret & Easter Oratorio - New College, Oxford

I returned to Oxford on Saturday 16th April 2022 to perform in the Oxford Bach Soloists’ Easter Festival at New College. I played the cornetto part in Christ lag in Todesbanden [BWV 4] and I played trumpet in Bach’s Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret [BWV 31] and the Easter Oratorio [BWV 249]. Tom Hammond-Davies directed the choir and orchestra. There were excellent vocal and instrumental features
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Musical Instrument Museum - Brussels

Although I have visited Belgium on a number of occasions, I have never had the luxury of a free day in Brussels (except on a Monday, when the museum was closed). So, I took the opportunity to use up some British Airways and Eurostar vouchers, and visit Brussels especially to see the famous musical instrument museum. I arrived in Belgium on Tuesday 12th April 2022. I had arranged to meet up with the
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Handel - Fernando - Opera Settecento - London Handel Festival

I performed Handel’s Fernando on Wednesday 6th April 2022 at Handel’s local church in London—St. George’s, Hanover Square. The performance was a modern premiere of Fernando, Re di Castiglia, which Handel abandoned, or rather, completed under a different title, Sosarme, due to political reasons. This performance, given by Opera Settecento (directed by Leo Duarte) was part of the London
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Mozart - Requiem - St Philip’s Church, Norbury

On Sunday 3rd April 2022 I performed Mozart’s Requiem at St Philip’s Church in Norbury, London, with the St. Philip’s Choir and the orchestra Libera. Sam Coates directed the orchestra and this young and excellent choir. The performance began with a hymn—My Song Is Love Unknown—sung by the choir and the congregation, accompanied by church organ and (a special arrangement had been produced
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Handel - Messiah - Romsey Abbey

I performed Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 2nd April 2022 with Southampton Baroque and the Southampton Choral Society, conducted by Andrew Hayman, at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire.I played first trumpet, with Sam Goble on second trumpet. I last performed Handel’s Messiah with Southampton Choral Society in April 2019.It was wonderful to play in Romsey Abbey, a large Norman-era church in the heart of Romsey,
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Oxford Bach Soloists - 80th Birthday Celebration

I performed with the Oxford Bach Soloists for a concert in celebration of an 80th birthday. The performance took place at New College in Oxford on Friday 1st April 2022, and was directed by Tom Hammond-Davies. It featured the soprano soloists Mary Bevan and Joanne Lunn, and the bass soloist Alex Ashworth. The programme featured Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate (K. 165), Mozart’s Fate Presto O Cari
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Bach - Easter Oratorio & Magnificat - Snape Maltings

I performed with the Aldeburgh Music Club (founded by Benjamin Britten) and the Suffolk Baroque Players at Snape Maltings on Saturday 26th March 2022. Their all-Bach programme featured the Easter Oratorio [BWV 249] and the Magnificat in D [BWV 243], under the direction of their new director, Tom Appleton.This concert was dedicated to the memory of their former director, Edmond Fivet CBE, who I had
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Handel - Messiah - Eton College

I played first trumpet in Handel’s Messiah with the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists on Tuesday 22nd March 2022 at Eton College Chapel. The performance was conducted by Matthew O’Donovan and presented by the Eton College Musical Society. It featured a 200-strong chorus, with members of the ECMS Chorus, the Taplow Youth Choir and Wycombe Abbey School, and soloists: Miriam Allan (soprano), Tim Travers-Brown
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‘Just’ Natural Trumpet Focus Group and Workshops

Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, I was able to invite a bespoke focus group to Bedford to play and experiment using natural trumpets without holes and to discuss the content of my upcoming book, ‘Just’ Natural Trumpet. The workshops took place at the Bunyan Meeting in my home town of Bedford on Friday 11th and Monday 14th of February 2022. [Incidentally, it has recently been announced
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Bach - Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten [BWV 207] – New College, Oxford

I played first trumpet with Oxford Bach Soloists for their performance of Bach’s cantata Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten [BWV 207] at New College, Oxford, on Sunday 23rd January 2022. BWV 207 was the final piece in the concert, which also included Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto [BWV 1046] and the cantata Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht! [BWV 52]. Each cantata featured recognisable
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Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer - Suites d'orchestre - Les Talens Lyriques - Versailles & Paris

I arrived at the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (CMBV) around three hours early for the afternoon rehearsal on Sunday 12th December 2021. I had intended to leave my trumpet in the rehearsal room and have a walk around the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. However, when I arrived at the CMBV, I cupped my hands to look through the tinted window in the door and I was spotted by the musical
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Bach - B Minor Mass - York

I will always remember the performance of Handel's Israel in Egypt in York Minster on the 11th March 2020, with the Yorkshire Bach Choir. That performance would be my last for 172 days. So, it was with great delight to be back in York and – thankfully – in front of a live audience in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at York University. (I had visited York with Spiritato for a recorded
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Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks - Royal College of Surgeons

I played first trumpet for the Installation of the President of the Royal College of Surgeons on Thursday 9th December 2021. The Installation took place at the Royal College of Surgeons of England at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London. Prior to the ceremony, the oboists and bassoonists played sonatas and concerti by Prowo and Corelli. The procession, led by a mace-bearer, was accompanied by Handel’s
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Carol Service - Emanuel School - Clapham

I performed in a carol service which was led by students from Emanuel School. The service took place at St Luke's Church on Thurleigh Road, near Clapham South tube station on Tuesday 7th December 2021. I performed in the brass quintet with Sam Kinrade (trumpet), Katrina Lauder (horn), Rory Cartmell (trombone) and Sasha Koushk-Jalali (tuba). Charles Jenz directed the school choir, organist, and brass
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Handel - Messiah - Exeter Cathedral

I performed first trumpet in Handel’s Messiah in Exeter Cathedral on Sunday 5th December 2021. The afternoon performance featured the orchestra Devon Baroque and the singers and young choristers of Exeter Cathedral Choir. It was great to perform Handel’s Messiah with so many young people involved, and congratulations must go to them and to their teachers and supporters. I played first trumpet,
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