ONE of the world’s best trumpeters is hosting a two-day masterclass in the run-up to Christmas, a first for Taunton.
Philippe Schartz, principal trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, will conduct the sessions at the Luis Martelo Music Store and Music School in the county town.
The event on Monday and Tuesday 19th and 20th December will end with a Masterpiece Concert at Taunton Minster – formerly St Mary Magdalene Church.
Mr Martelo, whose music shop and school is in Miter House, at the back of Sangha House in Tower Street, said: ‘It’s something that’s never been done at this level at Taunton.
“This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who dreams of becoming a professional, joining a professional orchestra, learning how to play better and auditioning.
“Anyone of any level and any age can join the masterclass.”
Masterclasses run from 10am to 4.30pm on both days, costing £20 in total, with a certificate presented at the end and coffee and tea provided during breaks.
The concert is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, with the public invited to donate on the door in support of the Minster and to thank Philippe.
Born in Luxembourg, Philippe Schartz is one of the most exciting trumpeters in the world and has developed a very successful career as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as a soloist.
He previously performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
He was critically acclaimed with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink.
His solo career includes numerous recitals and concertos across Europe as well as the making of four solo CD recordings.
Additionally, it was broadcast on numerous radio and television stations, including the BBC and various European networks.
He also enjoys teaching on staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has traveled the world giving masterclasses and educational workshops including at the Royal College of Music, Northwestern University Chicago and Queens University. Belfast Music School.
Book your place in the workshops at [email protected]