Handel - Coronation Anthems - St. Martin-in-the-Fields

I played two of Handel’s Coronation Anthems with St. Martin’s Voices (directed by Andrew Earis) at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Monday 6th May 2024. I played first trumpet with Rebecca Toal on second. I came directly from an Aurora Orchestra rehearsal at Henry Wood Hall, where I had been playing Beethoven’s 'Eroica' symphony (from memory), ahead of performances at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds,
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Clarke, Blow, Purcell & Handel - A Choral Celebration of Queen Mary II - Old Royal Naval College - London

I performed with the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists at the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on Tuesday 30th April 2024. The performance featured two choirs, the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir (directed by Ralph Allwood) and the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea (directed by William Vann). The concert was a choral celebration
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Bach - Christmas Oratorio - Hampstead Collective

The Hampstead Collective formed in 2020 and managed to present a season of 17 weekly performances amid the Covid-19 pandemic; it is fantastic that they have continued to give (now monthly) concerts in Hampstead Parish Church. They began the year in style with a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (cantatas 1, 3, 5 and 6), conducted by Aidan Coburn, on Monday 8th January 2024. I had the pleasure
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Bach - BWV 70 & BWV 243a - Solomon’s Knot - Wigmore Hall & Nottingham

What an experience it would have been to hear Bach’s music in the first year of his 27-year tenure as Thomaskantor and director musices of Leipzig in 1723. It was wonderful to be involved in an ambitious initiative, called Bach300, which is providing opportunities to perform works by Bach 300 years after the occasions for which they were originally composed. It was with great pleasure that I was
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Handel - Messiah - St. John’s Smith Square - Platinum Consort

London’s St. John’s Smith Square was the venue for a performance Handel’s Messiah, in which I played first trumpet (alongside Will Russell, 2nd trumpet, and Adrian Bending, timpani) on Saturday 18 November 2023. The concert was directed by Scott Inglis-Kidger and featured the Platinum Consort, Platinum Choristers, and Platinum 415 baroque ensemble led by Conor Gricmanis (violin). It was wonderful
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Handel - Eternal Source of Light Divine - Spiritato

I played first trumpet in Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ as part of a performance entitled ‘Music to her Majestie’ with Spiritato, directed by the lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, at St Giles Cripplegate in London on Sunday 10 September 2023. The programme featured Purcell’s From Hardy Climes, Eccles’ Inspire us Genius—a modern (and perhaps an overall) premiere—and Handel’s
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Bach - B Minor Mass - Vox Luminis - Wigmore Hall

I travelled to Malonne, near Namur, in Belgium the morning after our performance with Les Talens Lyriques at La Seine Musicale. I was in Belgium to rehearse Bach’s B Minor Mass with the choir and orchestra of Vox Luminis at their rehearsal headquarters in Wallonia.We subsequently travelled to London and performed Bach’s B Minor Mass at Wigmore Hall. Robert Hughill described a performance with
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Monteverdi - Vespers - His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts - London Oratory

I played cornett with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and the St Cecilia Players for a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers at The Oratory on Brompton Road in London on Wednesday 10th May 2023. The performance was directed by Charles Cole and featured the exceptional singers of the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School and the tenor soloists Peter Davoren and Mark Dobell. We performed
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Handel - Messiah - Union Chapel

Union Chapel in Highbury (London) was the venue for a performance of Handel's Messiah on Sunday 2nd April 2023. The Eclectic Voices choir joined forces with the City Bach Collective, led by Hazel Brooks, and the wonderful Scott Stroman directed the whole ensemble. I played first trumpet with Will Russell on second, and Lewis Blee on timpani. It was an uplifting performance, with great enthusiasm
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Bach - B Minor Mass - St. James’ Piccadilly - Petros Singers

I played first trumpet in Bach’s B minor mass at St. James’ Piccadilly in London on Saturday 1st April 2023. The Petros Singers and Garter Ensemble, conducted by Richard Bannan, performed Bach’s most celebrated mass in this historic London church.Russell Gilmour, William Russell and Adam Wood played the trumpet parts; unfortunately the timpanist collapsed at the beginning of the performance
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Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – Aurora Orchestra - Bristol, London, Heidelberg & Munich

I enjoyed an action-packed week with the Aurora Orchestra and their conductor, Nicholas Collon, in the week beginning 20th March 2023. We performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony from memory six times in several different venues and settings in England and Germany. It was a pleasure to revisit this symphony, having memorised it for performances, including at the BBC Proms, in 2022.After two days of rehearsals
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Handel - Messiah - Forest School

I played first (vented) trumpet at A=440 Hz in a performance of Handel's Messiah at Forest School in Walthamstow (London) on Saturday 11th March 2023. A good colleague and friend, Dave Clewlow (who also teaches at the school) played second trumpet and Keith Price played timpani. Students from the secondary and prep school joined forces with a community choir to sing this well-known oratorio by
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Schütz & Praetorius - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Westminster Cathedral

I played natural trumpet and cornetto with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, directed by Paul McCreesh, in a performance at Westminster Cathedral which took place on Tuesday 10th January 2023.The performance at Westminster Cathedral was the last in a run of eight concerts; I was deputising for this performance only, and the other members of the ensemble had performed in the cathedrals or minsters
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Christmas Carols - Hampton Court Palace

I performed Christmas carols at Hampton Court Palace, on Monday 2nd January 2023, with a fine group of musicians including Sam Goble, Nicholas Perry, Martyn Sanderson, Guy Morley, and Bill Lyons. We performed both inside and outside Hampton Court Palace, including by the magnificent Christmas tree in Clock court. We played arrangements of carols, old and new, from the new SP&S Christmas Collection. 
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Bach - Magnificat - English Chamber Choir

Just before the pandemic, I performed with the English Chamber Choir in a performance to celebrate the 75th birthday of the trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins.On this occasion, Monday 24th October 2022, the English Chamber Choir was celebrating its own anniversary—its fiftieth—at Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square. A spokesperson from the choir explained that this choir had performed in the second concert
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Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – Aurora Orchestra - Saffron Hall & BBC Proms

The last time I performed at the BBC Proms with the Aurora Orchestra was in 2020—in the midst of the pandemic. Back then, we played Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 to a remote audience. This year was thankfully a stark contrast: it was great to experience the electrifying ambiance of a packed Royal Albert Hall once again, and it was a privilege to perform in the Proms in the BBC’s centenary year. Full
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King Lear - Shakespeare’s Globe

Since I first performed at Shakespeare’s Globe (Othello in 2018), I have noticed the building more and more. I look at it every time I cross Blackfriars bridge on the train, and it is surprising how often it appears on television: it was a much sought-after venue during the pandemic as it is, of course, predominantly outdoors (where Covid infection was deemed less likely).And so it was, in a heatwave,
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OAE Education - Lee Valley VeloPark

I performed in an education project on Wednesday 6th July 2022 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment which took place at the Lee Valley VeloPark—the velodrome built for the 2012 Olympics. This event entitled 'Passing the Baton' marked 10 years since London hosted the Olympic Games. Incidentally, it was exactly 10 years ago today that my Royal College of Music graduation ceremony took
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Handel - Water Music - Aurora Orchestra - Kings Place

I performed Handel’s Water Music [HWV 348–350] in Hall One at Kings Place with the Aurora Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas Collon, on Sunday 3rd July 2022. The performance should have taken place last New Years Eve, but it was postponed to avoid the worst of the winter Covid spikes. The programme began with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 [K. 595], which was performed by Javier Perianes.
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Bach Sinfonia from Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (BWV 29), Sinfonia (BWV 1045) & Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (BWV 11) - Wigmore Hall & Purbeck Arts Week

I performed with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, directed by Paul McCreesh, at London’s Wigmore Hall on Friday 27th May 2022. A subsequent performance of the same programme took place at Lady St. Mary’s Church in Wareham the following day. I last performed at Wigmore Hall with this group just last month, and I had previously performed at the Purbeck Art Weeks festival in Dorset with I Fagiolini
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