The Windmill Studio, Swineshead, March 16
Crispian Steele-Perkins came to the village hall recently, and processed to blow his own trumpet. Actually he blew seven of the hundred or so trumpets he possesses, during the course of a highly informative and entertaining evening.
That he is a highly accomplished performer is well-known and for his unique performance and recordings on genuine historic instruments he has been dubbed “the world’s leading player of the Baroque trumpet”.
However, he also proved to be a highly skilled communicator as he explained the history and structure of the instruments he chose for this particular occasion.
Beginning with the modern day instrument which is so familiar, he then went back in time to explain the development of the instrument, from it very early “ceremonial” appearance, through the keyed, then valved instrument (particularly the high “D” trumpet which looks like a toy), right up to the versatile instrument of today.
His well-chosen musical examples were a delight – Baroque music, of course, but Gershwin too.
Throughout, his very able accompanist Jillian Skerry, contributed greatly to the occasion.
Incidentally, if you watch the BBC TV programme Antiques Roadshow and listened to the trumpet signature-tune – that’s him.