Alison Balsom: The Trumpet’s Splendour
Hear music by Haydn, Bach and Debussy on Sky Arts 2 this week
Since her debut album in 2002, Alison Balsom has been an unwavering pioneer for the trumpet, an instrument previously rarely seen under the solo spotlight.
‘I’ve spent my whole life trying to show how versatile the trumpet can be,’ she said in an interview with The New York Times, ‘It’s only limited by your imagination.’
She now has two Classical BRIT Awards under her belt, one for Best Young British Performer in 2006 and another in 2009 for best Female Artist. She also won an ECHO Klassik Award in 2007 – the first British female artist to do so – and received another ECHO Klassik Award in 2009 for her recording of trumpet concertos by Hadyn and Hummel.
The programme centres on two performances. The first is a public performance of Hadyn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat minor with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the second is a ‘private’ recording featuring Bach, Debussy and George Thalben-Ball’s Elegy for trumpet and organ, performed with organist David Goode.
The documentary also includes conversation with Balsom, in which she discusses her love of the trumpet and her journey as a musician. For more information visit the Sky Arts website.