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Russell Gilmour is a natural trumpet specialist and a skilled cornetto player. Performing on the natural trumpet, keyed trumpet, modern trumpet and cornetto, Russell has given live performances, as well as radio and television broadcasts, in more than 15 countries in Europe, North America and Australia. He has also featured on several professional recordings.

Russell has performed and recorded with some of the finest period instrument ensembles, including the Academy of Ancient Music, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Taverner Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra.

Recent performances have included Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 at the Valletta Baroque Festival; and works by Gabrieli and Zielenski on the cornetto in St. Mark's Basilica, Venice. Let the Bright Seraphim in Westminster Abbey and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto on the keyed trumpet in Edmonton, Canada have been other notable performances.

Russell's enthusiasm for performing and researching Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music, particularly the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was cultivated at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), under the inspiring influence of David Staff. This fascination continued throughout his studies with Michael Laird at the Royal College of Music (London), where Russell gained the 'Master of Music in Historical Performance' qualification with distinction.

On the modern trumpet, Russell has performed contemporary works including Paths by Takemitsu and a new work by Deirdre Gribbin entitled Island People, which he premiered at Dartington International Summer School with the Smith String Quartet and Evelyn Tubb (Soprano). As a chamber musician, Russell has given recitals with some of Britain's leading brass ensembles: including Chaconne Brass and the London Trumpet Choir. He has performed on BBC Radio 2 with Brandenburg Brass in an Easter Sunday Service at St. Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square.

In addition to performing, Russell is an experienced and fully qualified teacher. He has recently lectured at the Oxford University Faculty of Music and Bate Collection on behalf of the Taverner Consort. He has also lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London and University College of London.

  • Biography

    Russell Gilmour is a natural trumpet specialist and a skilled cornetto player. Performing on the natural trumpet, keyed trumpet, modern trumpet and cornetto, Russell has given live performances, as well as radio and television broadcasts, in more than 15 countries in Europe, North America and Australia. He has also featured on several professional recordings.

    Russell has performed and recorded with some of the finest period instrument ensembles, including the Academy of Ancient Music, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Taverner Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra.

    Recent performances have included Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 at the Valletta Baroque Festival; and works by Gabrieli and Zielenski on the cornetto in St. Mark's Basilica, Venice. Let the Bright Seraphim in Westminster Abbey and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto on the keyed trumpet in Edmonton, Canada have been other notable performances.

    Russell's enthusiasm for performing and researching Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music, particularly the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was cultivated at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), under the inspiring influence of David Staff. This fascination continued throughout his studies with Michael Laird at the Royal College of Music (London), where Russell gained the 'Master of Music in Historical Performance' qualification with distinction.

    On the modern trumpet, Russell has performed contemporary works including Paths by Takemitsu and a new work by Deirdre Gribbin entitled Island People, which he premiered at Dartington International Summer School with the Smith String Quartet and Evelyn Tubb (Soprano). As a chamber musician, Russell has given recitals with some of Britain's leading brass ensembles: including Chaconne Brass and the London Trumpet Choir. He has performed on BBC Radio 2 with Brandenburg Brass in an Easter Sunday Service at St. Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square.

    In addition to performing, Russell is an experienced and fully qualified teacher. He has recently lectured at the Oxford University Faculty of Music and Bate Collection on behalf of the Taverner Consort. He has also lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London and University College of London.

  • Curriculum Vitae
    • Particulars
      Russell David Gilmour (b.1988)
    • Education

      • St. Ninian's High School - Douglas, Isle of Man

      • LRSM - Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music - 2008

      • BMus(Hons) - Royal Northern College of Music - Bachelor of Music with Honours - 2010

      • QTS - Royal Northern College of Music & Manchester Metropolitan University - Qualified Teacher Status - 2010

      • MMus - Royal College of Music - Master of Music with Distinction - 2012

    • Solo Performances

      • Bach - Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51) - Moscow, Russia

      • Bach - Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51) - Kaiserslautern, Germany

      • Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major (BWV1047) - Royal College of Music, London

      • Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major (BWV1047) - Valletta Baroque Festival, Malta

      • Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major (BWV1047) - Cambridge Early Music Festival, UK

      • Corelli - Sonata for trumpet, 2 violins & B.C. in D major (London 1704) - Filharmonia Wrocławska, Poland

      • Corelli - Sonata for trumpet, 2 violins & B.C. in D major (London 1704) - Wrocław Cathedral, Poland

      • Haydn - Trumpet Concerto in Eb - Keyed Trumpet - Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Canada

      • Handel - Let the Bright Seraphim - Westminster Abbey, London

      • Handel - Dianna Cacciatrice - Úbeda Festival, Spain - with Soprano: Lucy Crowe

      • Scarlatti (A) - Su Le Sponde Del Tebro - Foundling Museum, London

      • Telemann - Concerto in D for Trumpet - Kaiserslautern, Germany

    • Period Instrument Orchestras

      • Academy of Ancient Music - dir. Richard Egarr - 2012, 2013

      • Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - dir. Paul Dyer - 2012

      • Capella Thuringia - dir. Bernhard Klapprott - 2014, 2015

      • Camerata Antica - 2012

      • Collegium Zieleński - dir. Stanisław Galiński - 2011, 2012, 2013

      • Ensemble Zimmermann - dir. Lars Colding Wolf - 2013

      • English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble - 2015

      • Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Andrzej Kosendiak - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

      • Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Giovanni Antonini - 2012

      • Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jaap ter Linden - 2012

      • Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Paul McCreesh - 2015

      • Gabrieli Consort - dir. Paul McCreesh - 2013

      • Göttingen Handel Festival Orchestra - dir. Laurence Cummings - 2014, 2015

      • I Fagiolini - dir. Robert Hollingworth - 2015

      • Le Concert Lorrain - dir. Daniel Reuss & Hans-Christoph Rademann - 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

      • Leeds Baroque - dir. Peter Holman - 2010

      • Les Talens Lyriques - dir. Christophe Rousset - 2014, 2016

      • London Early Opera - 2013

      • Musica Saeculorum - dir. Philipp von Steinaecker - 2010

      • New Century Baroque - 2013

      • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

      • Orchestra of the 18th Century - 2014

      • Opera Touring Company - Ireland - 2012

      • Parley of Instruments - dir. Peter Holman - 2015

      • Passacaglia - 2014

      • Solomon's Knot - 2014, 2015

      • Spiritato! - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

      • Taverner Consort - dir. Andrew Parrott - 2012

      • Warsaw Chamber Opera - dir. Ryszard Zimak - 2013

      • Westminster Cathedral - dir. Martin Baker - 2014, 2015

      • Yorkshire Baroque Soloists - dir. Peter Seymour - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    • Recordings
    • Radio Broadcasts

      • Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Monteverdi - L'Orfeo - 2012

      • BBC Radio 2 - Brandenburg Brass Quintet - St. Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square - 2013

      • BBC Radio 3 - Prom 68 - Rossini - Semiramide - 2016 - Royal Albert Hall, London - 2016

      • Deutscheland Radio ‘Kultur’ - Bach - Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (BWV 51) - Le Concert Lorrain - dir. Stephan Schultz - 2014

      • Deutscheland Radio ‘Kultur’ - Bach - Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21) - Solomon's Knot - dir. Jonathan Sells - 2016

      • Deutscheland Radio ‘Kultur’ - Bach - Magnificat in E-flat (BWV 243A) - Solomon's Knot - dir. Jonathan Sells - 2016

      • Deutscheland Radio ‘Kultur’ - Schelle - Machet die Tore weit - Solomon's Knot - dir. Jonathan Sells - 2016

      • Deutscheland Radio ‘Kultur’ - Telemann - Trumpet Concerto in D - Le Concert Lorrain - dir. Stephan Schultz - 2014

      • European Broadcasting Union - Bach - Magnificat (BWV243) - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jarosław Thiel - 2013

      • European Broadcasting Union - Zebrowski - Magnificat - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jarosław Thiel - 2013

      • Polish Radio - Bach - Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (BWV190) - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jarosław Thiel - 2012

      • Polish Radio - Bach - Ich freue mich in dir (BWV133) - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jarosław Thiel - 2012

      • Polish Radio - Beethoven - Symphony no. 8 F-dur (Op.938) - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Giovanni Antonini - 2012

      • Polish Radio - Gebel - Weihnachtsoratorium - 2012 - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jarosław Thiel - 2012

      • Polish Radio - Mozart - Symphony no. 36 C-dur (K425) "Linz" - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Giovanni Antonini - 2012

      • Polish Radio - Kaczkowski - Violin Konzert (Soloist: Zbigniew Pilch) - Filharmonia Wrocław - dir. Jarosław Thiel - 2012

      • Saarland Radio - Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) (BWV 248) - 2011

      • Saarland Radio - Mendelssohn - Dettingen Te Deum - 2011

      • University of Alberta, Canada (CKUA Radio) - Historical Performance Interview - 2010

    • Television Broadcasts

      • Bach - Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! (BWV 214) - 2012 - Live National Television Broadcast (Croatia)

      • Handel - L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (HWV 55) - 2013 - Television Broadcast & Live Internet Video Stream (France)

      • Monteverdi - L'Orfeo - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - 2012 - Live National Television News (Australia)

      • Zielenski - Offertoria et Communiones Totius Anni (1611) - 2011 - Live Internet Video Stream (Poland)

    • Festival Appearances

      • Bachfest Weimar, Germany - 2014

      • BBC Proms, England - 2016

      • Brisbane Festival, Australia - 2012

      • Festival de Beaune, France - 2013

      • Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France - 2012, 2013, 2015

      • Festival Internacional de Música y Danza 'Ciudad de Úbeda', Spain - 2013

      • Göttingen Händel Festival, Germany - 2014, 2015

      • Leipzig Bachfest, Germany - 2016

      • Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, England - 2014

      • London Handel Festival, England - 2012, 2014

      • Manchester Jazz Festival, England - 2013

      • Valletta Baroque Festival, Malta - 2013, 2015

      • Varaždin Baroque Festival, Croatia - 2011

      • Wimbledon International Music Festival, England - 2013, 2014

      • Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Poland - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

      • Yn Chruinnaght - The Manx National Interceltic Festival, Isle of Man - 2013, 2015

      • York Early Music Festival, England - 2012, 2013, 2014

    • Modern Trumpet Performances

      • Brandenburg Brass Quintet - St. Martin-in-the-fields - 2013

      • Brandenburg Sinfonia - dir. Robert Porter - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

      • Chaconne Brass - Tour of UK - 2011

      • Chaconne Brass - Graduation Ceremonies at St. Albans Abbey - 2011

      • Chronicles - Trumpet & Organ with David Kilgallon - 'Yn Chruinnaght' Festival, Isle of Man - 2013, 2015

      • Gribbin - Island People - World Première - Dartington International Summer School - Smith String Quartet & Evelyn Tubb - 2010

      • John McCabe - World Première - Psalm-Cantata - English Baroque Choir - 2013

      • London Trumpet Choir - dir. Stephen Layton - 2012

      • 'Perseus Cluster' by Alexis Bennett (Première)

      • Recording Sessions - Samuel Pegg, RCM - 2012

      • Takemitsu - Paths - RNCM - 2012

      • Torbjörn Hultmark - "Greetings to a New World" - 2012

    • Lecturing

      • University of Birmingham

      • Oxford University Faculty of Music Bate Collection - Taverner Consort

      • Royal Holloway University of London

      • University College London

    • Teaching

      • Peripatetic Brass Teacher at Cambridge Education, Islington (since 2011)

      • Peripatetic Vocal & Brass Teacher at Falcon's Preparatory School for Boys, Richmond (since 2011)

      • Peripatetic Brass Teacher at St Mary Abbots School, Kensington (since 2012)

    • Additional Experience

      Printed Editions:

      • Reconstructed Cornett and Sackbutt parts based on fragmented manuscript by Mielczewski - 2015

      • Complete Repetoire for Trumpet - Gorczycki - 2014


      Other:

      • Hallé Choir - Tenor (2006- 2010)

      • Production and Design for CD Recording (2007)

      • Web-Designer (since 2006)


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  • Discography

    Discography:

    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Festspiele Orchester Göttingen - Handel - Agrippina (HWV 6) - Festspiele Orchester Göttingen - directed by Laurence Cummings. (Russell Gilmour - 2nd Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Live Recording 15th & 18th May 2015 - Deutsches Theater, Göttingen, Germany. Producer: Elisabeth Kemper (NDR), Engineer: Martin Lohmann. Accent - ACC 26404
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Festspiele Orchester Göttingen - Handel - Coronation Anthems - Festspiele Orchester Göttingen - directed by Laurence Cummings. (Russell Gilmour - 3rd Natural Trumpet without finger holes). Live Recording 7th June 2014 - Stadthalle, Göttingen, Germany. Producer: Hans-Ulrich Bastin, Engineer: Martin Lohmann. Accent - ACC 26405
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Ars Eloquentiae - Bach and the Stile Antico - St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Ars Eloquentiae & The Fitzwilliam String Quartet - directed by Tom Wilkinson. (Russell Gilmour - 1st Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Recorded 17th June 2015 - St. Salvador’s Church, Dundee, Scotland. Producer: Adrian Hunter. University of St. Andrews - Sanctiandree - SAND0003
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Eboracum Baroque - Thomas Tudway - Music for Wimpole Hall - Eboracum Baroque - directed by Chris Parsons. (Russell Gilmour - Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Recorded 3rd January 2015 - Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, UK. Producer: Adrian Peacock
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Festspiele Orchester Göttingen - Handel - Joshua (HWV 64) - Festspiele Orchester Göttingen - directed by Laurence Cummings. (Russell Gilmour - Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Live Recording 29th May 2014 - Stadthalle, Göttingen, Germany. Producer: Rita Hermeyer (NDR), Engineer: Daniel Kemper (NDR). Accent - ACC 26403
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Wratislavia Cantans - Gorczycki II - Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - directed by Andrzej Kosendiak. (Russell Gilmour - 1st Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Recorded 14 - 16th July 2014 in Wrocław, Poland. Produced Andrzej Sasin & Aleksandra Nagórko. CD Accord - ACD211-2, NFM 26 (Worldwide Distribution by Naxos).
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - Litanie Ostrobramskie - Stanisław Moniuszko - Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - directed by Jacek Kaspszyk. (Russell Gilmour - Natural Trumpet without finger holes and Romantic Rotary Valved F Trumpet). Recording 27th - 29th October 2013 - Polish Radio Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio, Polskie Radio, Warsaw, Poland. Accent - Produced Andrzej Sasin & Aleksandra Nagórko. CD Accord - PRCD1928, National Forum of Music
      Romantic Trumpet
    • Spiritato! - The Judgement of Paris
      Spiritato! - The Judgment of Paris - Daniel Purcell - directed by Julian Perkins. (Russell Gilmour - 2nd Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Recorded 27th - 29th September 2013 in St. John's Smith Square, London. Produced by Adam Binks. Released 1st March 2014. Resonus Classics - RES10128
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Chronicles - Prologue. Limited Edition EP.
      Chronicles - Prologue - Limited Edition EP - Russell Gilmour & David Kilgallon (Russell Gilmour - Trumpet). Recorded 23rd - 24th July 2013 in St. George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man. Recorded by Anglin Buttermore. Released 1st August 2013. www.chronicles.im
      Modern Trumpet,
    • The Felonius Monks - With Criminal Intent
      The Felonious Monks - With Criminal Intent - Mike Hall & Debbie Rogers. (Russell Gilmour - Cornetto and 2nd Valved Trumpet). Recorded 10th - 11th September 2013 at RNCM Studio Theatre, Manchester. Produced by Rob Buckland. Released 1st January 2014.

      Modern Trumpet, Cornetto,
    • Taverner Consort - Orfeo
      Taverner Consort - L'Orfeo - Monteverdi - directed by Andrew Parrott. (Russell Gilmour - 1st Natural Trumpet without finger holes). Recorded 27th July 2012 in St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford. Produced by Adrian Hunter. Released 22 April 2013. Avie - AV2278
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Gorczycki - Kosendiak
      Wratislavia Cantans - Gorczycki - Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - directed by Andrzej Kosendiak. (Russell Gilmour - 1st Natural Trumpet with finger holes). Recorded 4-8th May 2012 in Wrocław, Poland. Produced Andrzej Sasin & Aleksandra Nagórko. CD Accord - ACD186, NFM 17 (Worldwide Distribution by Naxos).
      Natural Trumpet,
    • Coro and Camerata Antica
      Camerata Antica - O Jesu Mi Dulcissime - Coro London - directed by Mark Griffiths. (Russell Gilmour - Cornetto). Recorded 29-30th October 2011 in St. Mary at Hill Church, London. Produced by Alexander Van Ingen. Dal Segno Records - Asin B006TG2W4Q
      Cornetto
    • Zielenski 1611 Vol.6
      Collegium Zieleński - Mikołaj Zieleński - Offertoria et Communiones Totius Anni (1611) Vol. 6 - Opera Omnia with Emma Kirkby and Joel Frederiksen - directed by Stanisław Gałoński. David Staff (1st Cornetto) Russell Gilmour (2nd Cornetto). Recorded 12-15th July 2011 in Krakow, Poland. (Cornetto - Volume 6)
      Cornetto
    • Zielenski 1611 Vol 5
      Collegium Zieleński - Mikołaj Zieleński - Offertoria et Communiones Totius Anni (1611) Vol.5 - Opera Omnia with Emma Kirkby and Joel Frederiksen - directed by Stanisław Gałoński. David Staff (1st Cornetto) Russell Gilmour (2nd Cornetto, Solo Track 6: "In Nativitate Domini ad tertiam Missam (Viderunt Omnes Fines Terrae) - 30a"). Recorded 12-15th July 2011 in Krakow, Poland. (Cornetto - Volume 5)
      Cornetto
    • Dream of Gerontius
      Elgar - Dream of Gerontius - Sir Mark Elder - Hallé Choir (Russell Gilmour -Tenor) - Recorded 17-19th July 2008 in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Produced by Andrew Keaner.

      Featuring: Bryn Terfel, Alice Coote, Paul Groves
      Hallé Label - CD HLD 7520
      Vocal
  • Reviews

    Reviews

    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
    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
    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
    ...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
    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
    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
    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
    [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
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