Music at GMC

Sound the Trumpets again!

Concert: Sound the Trumpets again!
Date: 7.30pm, Wednesday 10th October 2018
Performers: Ian leGrice (organ)
Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)

Ian Tracey was due to return to GMC for his 14th visit, having entertained us before with his inimitable brand of consummate musicianship & amusing anecdotes. However, Ian was very poorly with the flu so Ian le Grice kindly stood in at the last minute. As in 2017, Crispian Steele-Perkins was the trumpeter. Together with GMC's famous trumpet stop they produced an amazing sound!

IAN leGRICE is one of London's most distinguished Organists. He gives recitals, plays "continuo" and performs with Symphony Orchestras and Choirs. As a boy he became head chorister and principal treble soloist at the Temple Church, London. Subsequently he has served there as Organist, successively in association with the legendary Sir George Thalben-Ball, Dr John Birch, Stephen Layton and James Vivian. His duties have included many broadcasts and recordings, amongst them the 7 hour marathon by Sir John Tavener "The Veil of the Temple".

Ian has held teaching posts at the Royal College of Music, London, Trinity College of Music and Reading University. He is also Organist of St Mary's Choir school, Reigate, musical associate of The English Arts Chorale and accompanist to the St. Cecelia Chorus and the Croydon Philharmonic Choir, of which he is Vice President.

Since 2005 he has collaborated in a highly successful Duo with trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins. In their highly varied programmes they share their enthusiasm for presenting the best quality of music in an informal setting.

CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS began playing the trumpet at the age of 10 and, after training at the Guildhall School of Music in London, he became a member of the English National Opera, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist Crispian's purity of tone and artistic subtlety have received widespread critical acclaim for more than four decades. On 10th October 2015 the BBC's CD Review concluded that, of all the available recordings of Haydn's famous Trumpet Concerto worldwide, his is 'the one to have'. Crispian collects and restores antique trumpets upon which he has performed and recorded with The Academy of Ancient Music, The Kings Consort and The English Baroque Soloists. Appropriately, he plays the theme tune to one of the BBC's longest-running and most popular TV programmes, the Antiques Roadshow.

Described by Virtuoso magazine as 'the world's leading exponent of the Baroque Trumpet', particularly when heard in duet with some of the world's greatest singers such as Kiri te Kanawa, Emma Kirkby, John Tomlinson and Bryn Terfel, he has also recorded with popular artists including Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Lulu, Cliff Richard, Bob Geldof and Harry Secombe. In addition, he has performed on numerous TV scores for shows including, amongst many others, Dr Who, Oliver Twist, The World at War, Inspector Morse and Tales of the Unexpected.

In the world of cinema he has participated in more than 80 classic scores such as Jaws, Gandhi, Star Wars Episode IV, Batman, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers and no less than six films from the James Bond series.

Whilst his numerous solo recordings extend from Handel to Glenn Miller, he has featured regularly as a concert soloist in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Sydney Opera House and Tokyo's Suntory Hall. His largest 'live' audience was 133,000 at the Edinburgh International Festival.


BLUE = Trumpet, RED = Organ

  • Te Deum Prelude - Marc Antoine Charpentier
  • Rigaudon de Louis XIV - Jean Baptiste Lully/WT Best
  • 'Ave Maria' (Prelude No 1) (BWV 846) - JS Bach/Charles Gounod
  • Fugue in Eb 'St. Ann' (BWV 552) - JS Bach
  • Voluntary No. 6 - William Boyce
  • Sonata in c (Allegro,Largo,Presto) - Giovanni Battista Pescetti
  • Sonata - Alessandro Stradella
  • Minuée (Concierto VI Dos Organos) - Antonio Soler/Tracey
  • German Dance Suite - Anon.
  • Three Mvts. from 'Nutcracker' - Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky/Tracey
  • Someone to Watch Over Me' - George Gershwin
  • Toccata - Garth Edmunson
  • Trumpet Voluntary - John Stanley
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