Bella Tromba Interview
Posted on 10 May 2010. © Copyright 2004-2014David Bruce
C:T talks to trumpet quartet Bella Tromba|
Tell us something about your background.
Four freelance trumpet players who love performing, new projects and challenges. We all play in orchestras and have our own niches everyone is committed to the work that the quartet does.
Tell us about the quartet, how it was formed, it's raison d'etre.
It was Vickieís idea to get together and play. Originally it was just for fun, to help our playing develop and have a laugh together. For a few years we concentrated on building a repertoire, doing as many performances as possible focusing on giving an audience something really good. Now our focus is on building an international reputation, working with fine chamber musicians and playing great music. We are ambitious for the ensemble.
Does the group focus on specific types of music?
Inevitably for an ensemble like ours we have to be inventive. We look for music that will take us away from the perception of trumpets just doing fanfares and brass ensembles doing cheesy arrangements. We do have original works from the Baroque and even some Mozart but most of what we do is Contemporary.
How do you go about programming your concerts?
We are currently looking for artists of all sorts to work with in order to create a vision for the next couple of years. We want to create music, plus. A real experience for the audience that goes deeper than a string of pieces in a row. We would like to be able to work with academics, scientists and artists of all kinds to create something special.
Our programmes are normally in place 6 months to a year ahead and we look at the venue, audience and our buget as contributing factors.
How do you respond to unsolicited work- do you give feedback? Do you ever commission new work yourself?
Yes, absolutely! We love working with composers. I go to a lot of concerts and lurk at the bar waiting to mug composers and persuade them that the trumpet is a fabulous vehicle for their music. In the past we have been able to raise funds for composers and we have also worked with younger composers who value getting their music played.
Sometimes people email me things they have written and we always have a look at them in a rehearsal and sometimes we are able to program them. At the moment we are particularly keen to collaborate with other performers but also to extend our work to embrace other art forms.
What excites you about a piece of music - what keeps you interested?
The thought behind it. I love hearing about the creative process. Why was it written, what do you want the audience to feel? How does it speak to us as performers on a personal level.
And what turns you off ?
Parts that are tough to read have got to be the number one difficulty. Not getting music in enough time to prepare it before the performance is tough. No rests! Thatís it though really, composers are generally lovely. (If that sounds like a suck up, it is, send us your music!)
Tell us about your current projects
A World Premiere of El Grito del Silencio by Susanne Erding Swiridoff in Toronto, Canada June 2010. Plus Canadian premieres of music that was written for Bella Tromba by Howard Skempton, Peter Longworth and Paul Burnell.
A performance of Glassblowing by Paul Burnell for Recollect 2010 at Glass Art Gallery in May
Recording Peter Longworths excellent Colori di Roma for download from our site
New pieces by John Reeman and Bruce Knockles
What are your plans for the future?
To do an album that showcases some of the very fine music that has been written for us and that breaks some ground with inspiring collaborations.
How can people find out more about you?
Come to a concert and say hi!
Interview by David Bruce © Copyright 2004-2014
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