But the main thing is the limelight. Keen readers will know that I grew up on the theatre stage, so being the centre of attention as a trumpet player is a glorious thing for me. Yes, yes, there are three other soloists in the piece but we all know that the trumpet is the one everyone’s interested in, mainly because it’s place is usually at the back of the orchestra – if it’s there at all. Audiences seem to be truly enthralled by the instrument’s appearance at any performance of this wonderful piece.
And one such performance is coming right up, in the beautiful city of Madrid (I hope it’s beautiful anyway, this will be my first visit). Yours truly will be playing Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with early music group La Capilla Real de Madrid, under the musical direction of Oscar Gershensohn. Oscar is known for putting on engaging concerts, where he talks to the audience about every piece and draws them in, fascinated, before the music even begins. The concert, featuring the 1st, 2nd and 4th Brandenburg Concertos and Cantata BWV 65, is the second of two concerts this year, in which the group will have performed all six concertos. These two concerts in turn form part of a larger series called Bach Madrid, which was created by La Capilla Real.
Integral Conciertos de Brandemburgo II
Auditorio Caja de Música
Palacio de Cibeles
Saturday 12 May, 7:30pm