Russell Gilmour is a natural trumpet specialist and a skilled cornetto player. Performing on the natural trumpet, keyed trumpet, modern trumpet and cornetto, Russell has given live performances, as well as radio and television broadcasts, in more than 20 countries in Europe, North America and Australia. He has also featured on several professional recordings.
Russell has performed and recorded with some of the finest period instrument ensembles, including the Academy of Ancient Music, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Taverner Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra.
Recent performances have included Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 at the Valletta Baroque Festival; and works by Gabrieli and Zielenski on the cornetto in St. Mark's Basilica, Venice. Let the Bright Seraphim in Westminster Abbey and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto on the keyed trumpet in Edmonton, Canada have been other notable performances.
Russell's enthusiasm for performing and researching Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music, particularly the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was cultivated at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), under the inspiring influence of David Staff. This fascination continued throughout his studies with Michael Laird at the Royal College of Music (London), where Russell gained the 'Master of Music in Historical Performance' qualification with distinction.
On the modern trumpet, Russell has performed contemporary works including Paths by Takemitsu and a new work by Deirdre Gribbin entitled Island People, which he premiered at Dartington International Summer School with the Smith String Quartet and Evelyn Tubb (Soprano). As a chamber musician, Russell has given recitals with some of Britain's leading brass ensembles: including Chaconne Brass and the London Trumpet Choir. He has performed on BBC Radio 2 with Brandenburg Brass in an Easter Sunday Service at St. Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square.
In addition to performing, Russell is an experienced and fully qualified teacher. He has recently lectured at the Oxford University Faculty of Music and Bate Collection on behalf of the Taverner Consort. He has also lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Royal Academy of Music and University College of London.
Born and brought up in the Isle of Man, David Kilgallon is a passionate composer and multi instrumentalist whose continuous ambition to explore the contrasts between musical cultures is creating explorative and refreshing performances. Over the last few years, his fascination of combining the rich, and largely untouched heritage of the Isle of Man with that of the raw energy behind other musical styles has vibrantly emerged through his skills on the Pipe Organ and Piano.
Russell and David will offer a programme, ‘Chronicles’ - Music for Trumpet and Organ inspired by the Medieval Manuscript ‘the Chronicles of Mann and Sudreys’ - with a Christmassy twist and some Manx folk carols (Carvels). Russell will play a variety of brass-like instruments including the Renaissance cornetto and older trumpets. Their music is inspired by folk music and is often improvisatory, ornamented or contains Manx, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Irish or Scandinavian tunes that they have arranged and combined themselves.