Alison Balsom's Brass

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20160327

Respected throughout the world as one of the top musicians of her generation and a constant champion of young talent, double Classical Brit Award winner Alison Balsom presents her first programme for BBC Radio 2

"I'm a trumpet player myself so I will be playing some trumpet tracks but also many other instruments, many styles, different genres from jazz, brass band music, solos and ensembles, but they have one thing in common and that is that they have fantastic tunes"

Special guest is trumpeter, arranger and composer Guy Barker who not only wrote a concerto recently for Alison but also joined her on a trip to Uganda as part of the Brass for Africa project.

They talk about a shared appreciation of Bix Beiderbecke and about the route Guy took to becoming one of the countries great jazz trumpeters and in demand composers and arrangers.

Alison plays music by the first trumpeter she ever heard, Dizzy Gillespie and a track from the group Bones Apart featuring a lifelong friend from her brass band days; Alison celebrates some of the great young talent playing today and includes Misty, played by Peter Moore who in 2008 became the BBC Young Musician of the Year aged just 12. As it's Easter Sunday we get a timely chance to hear the every popular Easter Hymn featuring top cornet player Philip McCann and Alison tells us about the piece of music that drew her into the brass world in the first place, a piece that still impresses as it did all those ago as she recalls ' just the sheer volume and power a brass band was capable of '.

20160327

Respected throughout the world as one of the top musicians of her generation and a constant champion of young talent, double Classical Brit Award winner Alison Balsom presents her first programme for BBC Radio 2

"I'm a trumpet player myself so I will be playing some trumpet tracks but also many other instruments, many styles, different genres from jazz, brass band music, solos and ensembles, but they have one thing in common and that is that they have fantastic tunes"

Special guest is trumpeter, arranger and composer Guy Barker who not only wrote a concerto recently for Alison but also joined her on a trip to Uganda as part of the Brass for Africa project.

They talk about a shared appreciation of Bix Beiderbecke and about the route Guy took to becoming one of the countries great jazz trumpeters and in demand composers and arrangers.

Alison plays music by the first trumpeter she ever heard, Dizzy Gillespie and a track from the group Bones Apart featuring a lifelong friend from her brass band days; Alison celebrates some of the great young talent playing today and includes Misty, played by Peter Moore who in 2008 became the BBC Young Musician of the Year aged just 12. As it's Easter Sunday we get a timely chance to hear the every popular Easter Hymn featuring top cornet player Philip McCann and Alison tells us about the piece of music that drew her into the brass world in the first place, a piece that still impresses as it did all those ago as she recalls ' just the sheer volume and power a brass band was capable of '.

20160530

The multi award winning trumpeter features Wynton Marsalis, The Black Dyke Band, Mexican virtuoso Rafael Mendez and German master of cool Till Brönner among her selection of favourite brass sounds.

20160829

Music from jazz to fusion and from baroque to contemporary as the multi award winning trumpeter Alison Balsom returns with some of her favourite brass tracks.