Trumpet and Organ Concert with Mark O'Keefe and Derek Clark
I heard my friend, Mark O'Keefe give a virtuoso trumpet and organ concert at Balerno Music Festival on Friday, 4th October. His programme included arrangements and transcriptions of music by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Charpentier and Gershwin. His playing was flawless, exhibiting lyricism of the highest quality, allied to an informal, warm approach that entranced us all. The experience of listening to live music of the highest order eclipses the best recordings. Mark's performance of repertoire that would be recognised by most trumpeters, gave me insight and inspiration to do better with my own music making.
On 5th October, I gave a contemporary music recital with organist, Calum Gubby and soprano, Anna Williams, featuring the music of Welsh composer Rhian Samuel. Our programme included Samuel's Trilogy for Trumpet and Organ and Colours for Soprano, Organ and Trumpet. We enhanced the evening with visuals that reflected the landscape depicted (Snowdonia) and a reading of Anne Stevenson's poems that were used in Colours. Delighted to have raised £327 for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue.
JUst been notified that my Tiger trumpet has been shipped from Warburton - it should be ideal to take on holidays and to encourage my granddaughtet to start playing.