Chronicles - Trumpet & Organ:

The Medieval Manuscript the 'Chronicles of Mann and Sudreys' mentions various locations, including the Isle of Man, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and even places as far away as Norway and Brittany.

Russell Gilmour (trumpet) and David Kilgallon (organ) use melodies from these countries and they merge and fuse these ideas together with their own to create unique compositions for trumpet and organ. The idea behind their musical collaboration is to explore traditional music from these countries and to adapt the music, interpret it and explore it. Chronicles' musical format is slightly unusual in that it combines trumpet and organ - not the instruments you may initially associate with folk music - but it is an approach that has sparked a lot of interest.

Their limited edition EP "Prologue" is a sample of things to come, as the production of a full album is underway. The full album will be Chronicles' musical impression of the Isle of Man's influences and rich history - as documented in the Chronicles of Mann.

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Solomon’s Knot - B Minor Mass - Ulverston

Lake District Summer Music’s 33rd festival season opened on Saturday the 29th July 2017 at Ulverston’s Coronation Hall with an "electrifying performance" of Bach’s B Minor Mass, performed by Solomon’s Knot.

Solomon's Knot had picked up where it had left off following the memorable performance in Shoreditch Town Hall in December 2016.

It was great to be in the Lake District. I feel quite at home there. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Man ('O Land of My Birth') and Ulverston is parallel in latitude - both at 54º N.


In the break between the rehearsal and the performance, the energetic "trinity of trumpets" (as we were described by The Times for the performance in Shoreditch Town Hall) of Russell Gilmour, William Russell and Gareth Hoddinott, "soared upwards" towards the Hoad Monument (also known as the Sir John Barrow Monument). At 100ft, it is a prominent and iconic landmark on Hoad Hill in Ulverston.