Gozo (Malta) Trumpet Workshop 2016

FB-f-Logo__blue_100Orchestral repertoire and ensemble workshop for trumpet players

with Mark O’Keeffe and Will Spencer, 30th August – 3rd September 2016


gozoAfter a successful launch in 2015, this year will see the second edition of this offshoot from the same stable as the highly successful Sillico master classes, but with a very different emphasis. The aim is to develop the often ignored art of “orchestral technique”, which is of fundamental importance to all musicians, almost all of the time!

markWho better to lead this course than Mark O’Keeffe? Creative Scotland winner 2003, Mark has held the post of Principal Trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. He is a native of County Cork, Ireland, where he began his musical studies at the age of 7. In 1992, Mark won the RTE Musician of the Future competition. He was subsequently appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, a post he held for 4 years. He has appeared as soloist with the BBCSSO, performing new works by Judith Bingham, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies, as well as concerti by Telemann, Hummel and Shostakovich.

In addition to his career with the BBCSSO, he is also a committed chamber musician, playing as guest Principal Trumpet with ensembles which share his passion for new music eg London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. Mark teaches at the RCS in Glasgow where he has completed, with distinction, a Masters degree in trumpet performance and is a visiting Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

NEWSFLASH! Mark will be joined in 2016 by Will Spencer, trumpet player, instrument maker and “top-gun” trumpet modifier.

Will has developed an enviable reputation in his field and is developing his ideas into a very clearly written series of lectures. His principal area of interest is the interplay between physiognomy, lip, mouthpiece,  instrument and audience and how these elements can be “tuned” to best effect. He will enjoy playing alongside us during the week and, if desired, offer individual, clear advice on simple, helpful modifications.

Where better to hold this new course than Gozo? Gozo is a remarkably unspoiled island, 20 minutes from Malta by ferry. Its 7000 years of human habitation can be traced back through its architecture and ruins from the original Sicilian settlers through the Bronze Age and invasions by the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragon Knights and British. The forts are mind-boggling and the churches fantastic. There are amazing views and beautiful beaches. A 1.5 Euro day ticket offers unlimited bus travel around the island. The food and wine are of extremely high quality but “cheap as chips”! The Maltese language is absolutely unique, so everyone speaks excellent English as their second language. The course will take place in St Augustine’s Friary, close to the incredible Gran Castello, which towers over the Gozitan capital of Victoria. Accommodation (included in the course price) will be in small dormitories, all of them ensuite. Breakfast and lunch (also included in the course price) will be taken in the Priory, while dinner will involve exploration of the many restaurants and bars in the byways of Victoria (or beyond). Malta is well-served by a range of flights from many destinations and airlines.

The price of this course has been contained to a very low 650 Euros. We will be preparing at least one concert during our stay. The number of participants will be small, so interested parties should make themselves known as soon as possible!

Further information can be obtained from:-
Paul Thomas
Course Administrator
TEL/FAX 00 44 1726 833553

Links to further information:-

Mark O’Keeffe CD “Knight Errant”

Piers Hellawell/BBC SO and mark O’Keeffe

BBC SO Website

Gozo information