Natural Trumpet Masterclass - Berkshire Maestros

I devised and presented an early brass workshop for the students of Berkshire Maestros in Reading. The class was entitled 'The Evolution of the Trumpet Ensemble' and it featured trumpet ensemble music (spanning c.400 years) by Thomsen, Bendinelli, Fantini, Monteverdi, C. P. E. Bach, Altenburg, Dauverné and Andrzej Panufnik.

I provided nine natural trumpets in D at A=415Hz for the students to play, and I began with a group task that involved categorising and placing the instruments in chronological order. The workshop took place on Sunday 15th December 2019 from 10:00 until 17:00, with an informal performance for friends and family in the final half hour.

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The performance was part of an extremely well-organised weekend of early music with a high calibre of tutors and, it has to be said, students. Congratulations to Berkshire Maestros for organising such a great event and for running such a fantastic facility for young people.

Russell Gilmour
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