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Friday 5th July – 13.00
Brown Shipley Concert Hall
BBC Philharmonic
Häkan Hardenberger and John Wallace

Jon Burgess, Reporter
A full house anxiously awaited the beginning of the concert with the BBC Philharmonic and two of the world’s greatest trumpet soloists, Håkan Hardenberger and John Wallace. It is certainly a unique opportunity to be able to sit in Manchester, awaiting the world famous BBC Philharmonic, and to hear two major 20th Century English trumpet concerto’s performed. Both the Endless Parade by Birtwistle and Concerto by Maxwell Davies were written for today’s soloists, Håkan Hardenberger and John Wallace, respectively.

Håkan Hardenberger
The concert opened with the orchestra performing William Walton’s Orb and Sceptre. This rousing opener, with an abundance of heroic brass playing, was a perfect way to start the program. The accompaniment for Birtwistle’s composition Endless Parade calls for a reduced string section and one percussionist. Those that heard Håkan Hardenberger at his masterclass the previous day waited with anticipation to hear him again performing with the BBC Philharmonic. He entered and stood in the middle of the ensemble. Hardenberger’s performance left no doubt why he is considered one of today's greatest trumpet soloists. His playing was a lesson on trumpet artistry as he performed this treacherous work with incredible control and musicality. He received several bows following his performance.

The Concerto by Davies followed with John Wallace as soloist performing on an E-flat trumpet. The Davies’ Concerto is a 20 minute, three movement work performed without break. John Wallace performed the extreme range, endurance and technical demands of the piece with great musical assurance. The trumpet solo requires not only bravura playing but also very delicate

John Wallace
playing in the extreme ranges of the trumpet. Both of these works are complex, contemporary works that may require repeated hearings to fully appreciate, but what an extraordinary experience to have heard these pieces live by a world class orchestra and world class soloists.


Walton – Orb and Sceptre
Birtwistle - Endless Parade - soloist - Häkan Hardenberger
Maxwell Davies - Concerto - soloist - John Wallace