(Principal Trumpet Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Trumpet Professor Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Andante / Adagio / Presto
Grandioso / Andante / Allegro Gazioso
Allegro / Scilienne / Allegro
Vivace / Largo / Allegro
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Christopher is Principal Trumpet of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Professor of Trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He has worked as Principal Trumpet with many of the finest orchestras in the world, including the Royal Conzertgebeow, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Santa Cecilia, and regularly with all the finest orchestras in the UK including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and the London Sinfonietta. He has performed in the most prestigious music venues and festivals in countries all over the world.
In the recording studios Christopher has recorded, often as Solo Trumpet, many of the major Hollywood film and television soundtracks, including the Harry Potter films, Marvel Avenger films, Disney films, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who.
He has performed and recorded with many of the finest chamber ensembles in the UK, including the Symphonic Brass of London, Royal Opera House Brass Soloists, LSO Brass, RPO Brass and the Black Dyke Mills Band.
As a soloist, Christopher has performed in many of the major venues and festivals in the UK and internationally, including Paris, Madrid, Hamburg, Oslo, Milan and Hong Kong, and was honoured to play the Piccolo Trumpet at the wedding ceremony of His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at St Georges Chapel, Windsor.
He has taught and given masterclasses for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Birmingham Concervatoire, Lisbon Conservatoire, Dartington International Summer School and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Christopher is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and is a Salvationist and Bandsman at the Bromley Temple Salvation Army.
Director of Music St George's Church
Marcus Wibberley is Organist & Director of Music here at St George’s, Beckenham. Since his arrival in August 2017, he has introduced new repertoire and new members to the choir, conducted the choir at a number of cathedrals, worked in conjunction with the Hammig String Quartet and – in July 2018 – will be taking the choir on tour to Estonia, its first foreign tour in a number of years.
Before returning to Beckenham (he was ‘Organ Student’ here in the late 1990s), he was Director of Music & Organist of Hexham Abbey, where his responsibilities included training and directing the Abbey Choirs. In addition to the four weekly choral services at the Abbey, he appeared with them in concert both elsewhere in the UK and in Germany, Belgium and Estonia. Marcus was also Festival Director of the annual Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts, for which he developed the scope of the programme and secured majority funding from the Arts Council of England.
Marcus was a Chorister of Westminster Abbey under Martin Neary, and his organ teachers included Martin Baker and John Scott Whiteley. He studied at Dulwich College, where he was a Music Scholar, and the University of Hull, where he was University Organ Scholar, graduating with first class honours in Music. He held organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Beverley Minster (while a student in Hull) and latterly York Minster before becoming Sub-Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral and the Diocesan Music Adviser of The Diocese of Portsmouth in 2005.
Marcus is in demand as a recitalist, and has travelled extensively. Recent performances have been given in prominent venues in Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Estonia, as well as most of the major cathedrals and abbeys in the UK.
An outstanding Trumpeter of his time
Ian Balmain will be remembered as one of the most outstanding trumpeters of his time, and was the most modest, generous, and unassuming individual you could possibly meet.
His beautiful sound and musicality always shone through the Orchestra, and his warm, caring personality, wicked sense of humour, and friendliness made him popular wherever he went.
Ian was born in Wrexham, and studied at the Royal College of Music with David Mason. His reputation quickly grew, and he was appointed Co- Principal, and later Principal Trumpet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing as soloist with the Orchestra on many occasions.
After 13 years in Liverpool, Ian was invited to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Trumpet, where his playing was heard throughout the world, from the USA and Europe, to the Far East.
In 2003 Ian joined the Orchestra of the ROH, where audiences have been lucky to hear his sensational performances over the years, and enjoy his company and friendship.
From a Ballet Triple Bill, to Salome, or a Verdi Opera, Ian’s playing was always sensitive and inspirational. He had the exceptional ability of being able to turn a performance into something special, grabbing everyone’s attention, and thrilling the audience and Orchestra alike, with his exciting and soaring sound. He will be sorely missed by everyone. His children Matty and Lucy, of whom he was immensely proud, his family, and by all of us, his friends and colleagues.