|Handel||–||Sinfonia in D|
|Gershwin||–||Strike up the Band; Our Love
is Here to Stay; I Got Rhythm
|Haydn||–||Trumpet Concerto in E flat
|Demonstration of techniques used to
perform famous 'Trumpet Tunes' of the
17th & 18th Centuries
|Anon.||–||"The Cornett", an Anthology|
|Miller||–|| Chatanooga Choo-Choo;
Crispian Steele-Perkins is a trumpet soloist who is world-renowned for the quality of his performances and wide-ranging musical experience. On graduating from the Guildhall School of Music, Crispian spent his early career playing with the English National Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He then spent 15 years working in recording, TV and film studios, developing a body of work which is universally recognizable today, from Handel to James Bond themes and pop classics.
His interest in collecting and restoring antique trumpets led him to begin performing on them - you may have heard Crispian’s playing introducing the BBC’s ‘The Antiques Roadshow’. His unique performances and recordings on genuine historic instruments led Continuo Magazine to describe him as ‘the world’s leading player of the Baroque trumpet’. Playing alongside some of the world’s greatest singers, Crispian’s purity of tone and artistic subtlety has received critical acclaim for more than three decades. Recordings of Handel’s ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and ‘Eternal source of Light Divine’ with James Bowman are familiar to many.
More recently his performances with Dame Emma Kirkby, Lynne Dawson, Carolyn Sampson, Bryn Terfel and Lesley Garrett have firmly established his reputation. His work in the studios has included more than 80 film, TV scores and commercials, appearing alongside Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Harry Secombe, Kate Bush, Elaine Page, Chris Rea and Lulu. His many Solo recordings extend from Purcell to Gershwin and his largest “live” audience was 133,000 at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Leslie Pearson is one of Britain’s most distinguished Keyboard players. On the concert
platform and in commercial studios his performances and compositions have entertained
millions – most famously in the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, the TV series “Doctor Who”,
“Poirot” and “Lovejoy”.
He regularly played at Buckingham Palace for the late Queen Mother and HRH Prince Charles at whose recent wedding he also participated. Leslie was the official Keyboard player for the Philharmonia Orchestra for 40 years under Klemperer, Karijan, Mutti and Sir Simon Rattle.
His playing has received critical acclaim, particularly in Mutti’s recording of Handel’s “Water Music” with the Berlin Philharmonic, and in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with Henryk Szeryn, Gidon Kremer, Itzak Perlman also in many collaborations with the distinguished Trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins including “The English Trumpet”, “The Regent’s Bugle” and most recently the highly acclaimed “The Music of Gershwin”.
Trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins came to Andover on St Crispin’s Day (25 October) not, like the hero in Shakespeare’s Henry V to exhort his troops at the Battle of Agincourt, but to entertain members of Andover Music Club at the Lights in the second concert of the Club’s 66th Season. And truth to tell, it was not a concert but an entertainment and an education, for in under an hour and a half Crispian presented the whole history of the Trumpet from King Tut’s burial chamber of about 1325BC to the music of Glenn Miller in the 1940s. From a table covered in instruments, mouthpieces and tubes of metal and rubber he demonstrated the physics of the Trumpet and he told the story of its development. With his accompanist at the Piano, Leslie Pearson, Crispian brought the sound of the Trumpet to life as he played music from the sixteenth century onwards on a Cornett (sic), Handel’s Water Music on a classic straight Trumpet, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto on a model of an early valved trumpet, Handel again played on a slide trumpet which might have delighted a Victorian audience, and finally Gershwin and Miller on the familiar modern 3-valved version. He finished the entertainment with one of the most iconic pieces in the Trumpet repertoire, Stanley’s Trumpet Tune in D, played with the exquisite tone of a modern piccolo Trumpet.
Crispian is a brilliant trumpeter and a born raconteur who had his audience riveted. Both in the interval and after the show there were many people around the instrument table fascinated with all the variations on display and eager to talk to this superb artist. Said one member of the audience ‘I can’t remember when we had such a good time for only £10 (or less). I thought the whole evening was most informative, interesting and superbly played.’ And we heard someone say ‘Isn't it lovely to go out with a smile on your face’. That really shows it was truly music for your pleasure. DE