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Nigel Gomm Fanfare/Intrada 3
Gordon Langford London Miniatures
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Where Clouds Meet the Sea
George Gershwin arr Mark Nightingale Porgy and Bess – Suite
LSO Brass Ensemble
Niall Keatley trumpet
Paul Beniston trumpet
Robin Totterdell trumpet
Katie Smith trumpet
Diego Incertis Sánchez horn
Peter Moore trombone
Becky Smith trombone
Isobel Daws trombone
Paul Milner trombone
Ben Thomson tuba
Welcome to LSO Local
Ben Thomson, LSO Principal Tuba
Welcome to this LSO Local performance by the orchestra’s brass ensemble. The group will today be showcasing music that celebrates London as a city whilst also honouring the community of composers and arrangers with long-standing history and ties to the LSO Brass.
We open with an heroic, rousing and cinematic introduction to our concert - Nigel Gomm's Fanfare. Nigel was a trumpet player with the LSO for 23 years.
Next, Gordon Langford's London Miniatures - a suite of six short movements that take the listener on a tour throughout London, visiting some of the capital’s most famous districts and landmarks.
Composer, singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson was commissioned by the orchestra in 2015 to write a piece for the brass ensemble which we'll hear next - Where Clouds Meet the Sea. Ayanna was a participant in the LSO Panufnik Young Composers Scheme in 2008 and has gone on to forge a hugely varied musical career.
Then, another commission from 2015. Mark Nightingale was invited to arrange Porgy and Bess for the brass ensemble to mark the retirement from the orchestra of legendary Principal Trumpet Maurice Murphy. Mark himself is an internationally acclaimed jazz trombone soloist, highly respected composer and arranger and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians.
Niall Keatley began his musical studies aged nine at the City of Belfast School of Music. He was a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and also played with a number of brass bands. Niall was Principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing in some of Europe’s finest concert halls. Niall was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers included Ian Balmain, James Watson and John Wallace. During this time Niall was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and spent a short time with the Black Dyke Mills Brass Band.
In 2002 Niall performed Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra as part of the BBC Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park series. As well as being a member of Onyx brass, Niall has performed with a number of chamber ensembles including London Brass, LSO Brass, London Winds and the Wallace Collection.
Paul Beniston started playing the cornet at Gillingham Salvation Army. He was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra from 1983 to 86, and studied Music at Bristol University and the Royal College of Music (MMus in Performance Studies).
Paul was Principal Trumpet at English National Opera from 1989 before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 1994. His playing is featured on Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man, the original Champions League anthem and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He was a member of London Brass from 1996 to 2002. Paul was a Professor of Trumpet at the Royal College of Music from 1995 to 2011. He is currently a Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Born in Basingstoke, Robin Totterdell started playing the trumpet at the age of seven. He gained a first class degree in music from the University of Manchester before studying at the Royal College of Music where he won the Concerto Competition, the Brass Prize and the Savage Club Prize.
Robin plays trumpet with the Philharmonia. Before joining, his full and varied freelance career saw him work with most of the major symphony orchestras across London and the UK, often appearing as guest Principal Trumpet. He has toured across the world from Japan to the USA and played on many film scores such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rise of the Guardians and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Katie started the trumpet aged 7 in memory of her late father Malcolm Smith. Initially taught by her brother Robin she went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (bMus hons) and Royal Academy of Music (MA).
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Katie has enjoyed a busy freelance career playing with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and English National Opera amongst others.
Katie manages and performs with Apollo Brass (a German based brass quintet) who were highly commended at the prestigious Philip Jones Brass Quintet competition in 2019.
Diego Incertis Sánchez
Diego is the 3rd Horn of the Philharmonia. He often plays as guest principal horn with the Philharmonia, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Diego was born in Valladolid, Spain, where he started playing the horn at age 8 under the guidance of Carlos Balaguer. He continued his studies in the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid with Radovan Vlatković and Rodolfo Epelde. In 2017 he moved to the Royal College of Music under Jeff Bryant, Timothy Jones and Nigel Black.
LSO Principal Trombone
Peter Moore came to national attention in 2008 at the age of twelve when he became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician. Alongside his performing career, he is Professor of Trombone at the Royal Academy of Music.
As a soloist, Peter has appeared with the LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBCNOW, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony and Polish Chamber Orchestra. He is featured frequently on BBC Radio 3 and was a New Generation Artist between 2015 and 2017. He has given recitals at venues including the Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and has undertaken recital tours across China, Japan, Korea, Australasia and South America. World premieres by Francisco Coll, Roxanna Panufnik and the UK premiere of James Macmillan’s Trombone Concerto signify Peter’s desire to bring the trombone to the forefront of contemporary music. In 2018 he released his debut album, Life Force. Peter is a Yamaha International Artist.
Becky Smith is Principal Trombone of the English National Opera, and previously held the position of Sub-Principal Trombone of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is Professor of Trombone at the Royal College of Music.
In 1998 Becky gained a scholarship for a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and whilst studying there won the 2002 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Brass Prize, the Leggett Award, Terence Nagle Award and the Harry Mortimer Award. Becky is a founder member of Bones Apart.
She has performed with most of the UK's orchestras including the LSO, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and all the BBC Orchestras.
Isobel Daws began to play the cornet at the age of 3 under the joint direction of her father, David Daws and the late Maisie Ringham Wiggins MBE. She moved onto the trombone in September 2008 and within six months she successfully auditioned and gained a scholarship to study trombone and piano at The Purcell School of Music. After eight years she moved to Chetham’s School to study A Levels.
Isobel was one of the five finalists in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year 2014 Brass Category Final. In 2018 she was once again in the Brass Category Final where she went on to be crowned the winner. In 2017 Isobel was the winner of the BBC Young Brass Award playing live on Radio 2, and was the featured soloist at the British Open Brass Band Contest, accompanied by Cory.
LSO Principal Bass Trombone
Paul Milner was born in Edinburgh and after a musical education, moved to Manchester to study the bass trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music. On leaving the RNCM with a Diploma in Professional Performance, Paul freelanced with some of the UK's leading orchestras, before becoming Principal Bass Trombone with the Orchestra of Opera North, Leeds in 1993. Having spent 14 years there, the position of LSO Principal Bass Trombone became vacant.
He continues to perform around the world with the LSO, as well as playing on numerous soundtracks and recordings. Paul is committed to LSO Discovery, playing trombone to children in hospitals, coaching gifted children and participating in community projects. He has also been the brass coach for the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra for the last ten years. Paul plays Yamaha instruments and has recently become a Yamaha Artist.
LSO Principal Tuba
Ben Thomson studied at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School and then went on to study for his degree at the college. He won the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. Since winning the prizes, Ben has performed concertos with such ensembles as the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Black Dyke Brass Band, and has given recitals for the Manchester Midday Concert Series in Bridgewater Hall, Leeds International Concert Season and RNCM’s international Festival of Brass.
Ben was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has since performed with most of the UK’s orchestras, including as Principal Tuba of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and has also worked abroad including with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Opera House and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
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Still to Come this Summer
Sunday 1 August 7pm, LSO St Luke's
Warping the lines between classical and pop, Co-Principal Percussionist Sam Walton curates a genre-bending concert conducted by Colin Currie. With music from Mercury-Prize nominated Anna Meredith, Steve Reich and Max Richter.
Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)
Plus our Summer Shorts concerts are back on Fridays through August – small groups of musicians play music that crosses genres and generations, and answer your questions. Everyone welcome, pay what you can!
And BMW Classics returns – our free, open-air summer concert in Trafalgar Square.
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