learning the Trumpet
Bio: Traveling across 6.5 feet of tubing (bent into shape, of course), the sound the trumpet produces is the highest out of the brass family. They are amongst the oldest musical instruments, dating back to 1500B.C.
The sound is produced by pressing three valves in combination to produce various pitches.
Trumpet Lessons: We teach from 8 years and up
Trumpet Purchase price: From £200 to £1,000
Trumpet Rental price: From £15 per month
Trumpet in performance
David Mather is currently studying music performance in the London College of Music. His principle study is trumpet, but is multi-talented, so also plays the violin and teaches singing. David has taught private pupils on both instruments and has taken many through the ABRSM examinations. He has a great deal of experience in music tuition, working with Lambeth music services teaching both one-to-one lessons and also classroom music lessons.
In terms of performing, David has vast musical experience in a number of different ensembles, including orchestra and brass ensembles; most recently travelling to China and playing with Julian Lloyd Webber and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (conductor Vasily Petrenko).
During her teenage years, as well as attending a normal state school during the week, Natalie attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama every Saturday for three years. She was given various opportunities there including playing for the Queen’s entrance to the Barbican and being conducted by the world famous, Gustavo Dudamel.
Currently Natalie is in her second year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. There she receives one to one lessons with professionals including Andy Hendrie and Bob Farley. She has also received various ensemble coaching with the likes of Roger Agente, Tony Cross and Roger Montgomery.
Before starting music college, Natalie was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was very fortunate to be able to perform at the BBC Proms with them in 2012. She was also lucky to have performed at the Sage, Gateshead as well as many other venues across England.
As a soloist, Natalie has had many opportunities to perform with her local Brass Band. Her highlight of her soloist career so far though was definitely performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Hills Road Symphony Orchestra is Kings College – Cambridge as well as in Venice.
Now, Natalie has performed with many ensembles at Trinity Laban including the orchestras and wind bands. Outside of Trinity, Natalie has played for many amateur orchestras as well as being part of operas and other smaller ensembles.
Natalie has had one to one pupils in both music and academic aspects. She thrives highly off what a child can achieve and works hard to make lessons interesting, fun and beneficial. Natalie has also covered some group brass teaching at a private school and understands how to work well with children in groups. She quickly gained knowledge of the different standards of pupils and worked efficiently to make sure they all benefited from the lesson.
With her brass quintet and separately with Trinity Laban students, Natalie has done some workshops in primary schools that involved teaching children about instruments in general and what they have to offer.
Johnny Woodham is a London based jazz trumpet player, composer and educator. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the summer of 2014. In 2015 he won a Help Musicians UK postgraduate award and is now studying towards his MA in music education and performance as an Archers Scholar at Trinity Laban. Johnny has 5 years of experience in peripatetic and private tutoring and has a passion for education.
Qualifications: Trinity College of Music (Postgraduate)
Biography: Amanda began her musical education at the age of 6, when she joined the local Church choir and started piano lessons. For the following 10 years she toured the country singing in various cathedrals with many different choirs, whilst also developing her skills on the piano and organ. At the age of 16 Amanda started learning the French Horn and although she continued her singing through the choral scholarships she held at Royal Holloway, University of London and St Martin-in-the-Fields, it was horn playing that Amanda wanted to pursue as a career. She studied the horn at postgraduate level at Trinity College of Music and since then has been enjoying a varied and challenging career as a freelance horn player. Recent opportunities have included playing with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Concert Orchestra and English Pops Orchestra. Aside from music, Amanda's interests include animals, reading and Tudor history. She has an awesome cat called Merlin and she dreams of one day making enough money as a horn player to be able to own a horse!!