Wells Cathedral School recently played host to the “Music from the Movies” themed Trumpet Skills Days. Attended by nearly 50 trumpetiers, made up from all over the West of England including 5 students from Gloucestershire Music.
It was certainly a fun filled and musically rewarding day led by some of the finest brass specialist and players in the country. The students were assigned a group for the day with their various tutors: Hannah Opstad, Ross Brown, Simon Jones and Robert Webb.
The whole day revolved around the concept of learning new ‘skills’ on the trumpet. As Paul Denegri stated in his introduction its not just about learning new music and styles but embracing new skills in practicing/performing that students can continue to use in their musical learning. With that said the first session started in their various groups, and this was all about warm-ups and warming up. Focusing on the importance of this as a trumpet player and how skillful we can be in our preparations. The groups then put these skills into practice as they continued rehearsing their chosen music from the movies ready for the concert in the magical atmosphere of the 14th century Quilter Hall later.
It was wonderful to see so many trumpet players, of all different ages and abilities simply enjoying making music together. The power of this even more evident when new friendships were formed based on their mutual love and appetite for music and the trumpet. Overhearing students chatting about their favourite pieces, who their favourite trumpet players are, what they have learnt so far and talking about how they can use these ideas in their music was amazing. Refreshingly encouraging to see so many children ‘networking’ new musical suggestions and proffer such enthusiasm.
“I was lucky enough to experience a trip to the amazing Wells Cathedral School for a trumpet masterclass with Mr Storer. I had lots of fun, making new friends and learning the Bare Necessities as well as practising how to clean and maintain trumpets. On top of this, all the tutors were excellent, kind, friendly and were a great help if you were stuck. it was a super day.” Angharad, age 9
“the Trumpet Skills Day at Wells Cathedral school was fun and had a good range of activities that kept us engaged through the whole day. I personally enjoyed the natural trumpets we got to play towards the end of the afternoon. The tutors were nice and helped us improve our performances of the pieces that we were playing – in my case Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Book. I would happily go again next year….” William, age 12
“I really enjoyed the trumpet skills day at Wells as the activities were interesting and engaging. We learnt about posture, breathing and how to warm up well. The staff were enthusiastic and helpful, teaching us in a fun way. We were playing music from the movies including Pirates of the Caribbean. I particulary enjoyed playing the natural trumpets.” Harry, age 12
The trumpet skills day is an excellent initiative by Paul Denegri and his specialist team of renowned brass tutors. It is a wonderful provision to consolidate all of the students musical learning. The trumpet skills day will once again take place next year on 20th January 2019…. book early!