7.30pm, Saturday 11 May
Pre-concert talk by Judith Weir and Ewan Campbell at 7pm
Hampstead Parish Church, NW3 6UU

This event is ticketed.

In advance: £15 / £12 Book online at lfccm.com/tickets
At the door: £20 / £15


Simon Desbruslais

Il Suono
Christian Goursaud Artistic Director
Simon Desbruslais Trumpets
Ellie Lovegrove Trumpets
Peter Foggitt Organ and Direction


Fanfare for Two Trumpets and Choir Peter Foggitt
On this Wondrous Sea Jonathan Dove
In Splendoribus Sanctorum James MacMillan
Benedicite Deborah Pritchard
Invocation Phillip Cooke
Requiem Gabriel Jackson
Wandering Lighthouses Ewan Campbell
Praise Him With Trumpets Judith Weir

This year’s Festival opens in spectacular fashion with a celebration of contemporary music for trumpets and voices, inspired by Judith Weir’s 2015 anthem Praise Him With Trumpets which was commissioned to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of Hampton Court Palace.

Vocal ensemble Il Suono has a strong commitment to performing new music, with recent performances of contemporary works by John Joubert on BBC Radio 3, and Joubert and Arvo Pärt in the Barnes Music Festival. The group has toured France, Spain, and Russia, performing programmes that reflect a parallel interest in contemporary repertoire and early music. Recent concert programmes have juxtaposed commissions by Peter Foggitt, and vocal works by Diana Burrell and Maurice Ravel, alongside contrasting renaissance music by Gregorio Allegri and Carlo Gesualdo. Recent highlights include a collaboration with the Chapel Choir of Merton College, Oxford in performances of Thomas Tallis’s forty­-part motet Spem in alium conducted by Peter Phillips, and performances including Venetian repertoire by Giovanni Gabrieli in the London A Cappella Festival.

The performances of British trumpet soloist Simon Desbruslais have been critically acclaimed as “steel­lipped”, “musically compelling” and possessing “supreme confidence and flair”. Equally active in baroque and contemporary music, Simon has recorded music by John McCabe, Robert Saxton, Deborah Pritchard, Toby Young, Geoffrey Gordon, and Nimrod Borenstein. Broadcasting is an integral part of Simon’s work and over the last decade he has performed live on BBC 1, BBC Radio 3 and 4, and German Radio SWR2 to millions of viewers and listeners worldwide. Simon has appeared as a soloist with Royal Northern Sinfonia, English Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Swan, Charivari Agréable, Brook Street Band, Ensemble Diderot and London Concertante, and as a guest chamber musician with the Ligeti Quartet, Austral Harmony, Little Venice Ensemble and Ensemble Perpetuo. He is Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull, where he is also Director of Performance, and is an external examiner for the Royal College of Music.

Wandering Lighthouses by Ewan Campbell was commissioned for this performance with generous support from The RVW Trust.

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