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    Charpentier arr Paul Archibald

    Charpentier Fantastique

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    Instrument: ten brass (score and parts)
    Grade: conservatoire
    Catalogue No: EB021
    ISMN No: 9790570275564

    Scored for eight trumpets and two trombones, with piano, organ and percussion.

    It was the wedding of my good friend, Peter Wright, to his lovely bride Kurumi. A ceremonial affair with fine turned out guests, smart cars and the usual motley assortment of brass players huddled near the alter ready to do battle with the organist. Peter had asked me to arrange the music in a suitable style to make this the best day of his life. I set about my task with great aplomb. Having arranged the usual processionals, the hymns and the interlude music I gave thought to their first walk together, down the aisle, as man and wife. Charpentier, that one-hit wonder would do nicely! Assuming that the bride, groom, families and hangers-on would have vacated the church quickly I thought it would be fun to let the musicians have their day. So...the piece begins as Charpentier would like but is soon joined by imitations JS Bach, Malcolm Arnold and a hint of Benjamin Britten. Unfortunately, no-one left the church as expected so the ceromony ended with riotous applause, hoots and hollers and general mayhem. Sorry Pete....
    Paul Archibald
    Paul Archibald
    Paul Archibald regularly appears throughout the concert season with the London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John's and the London Pro Arte Orchestra performing a varied and stimulating solo repertoire.

    His career began as Co-Principal Trumpet in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Carlos Kleiber, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Georg Solti being some of the great conductors he worked with during this period. As a member of the London Sinfonietta he worked with musical icons of the 20th Century such as Elliott Carter, Witold Lutoslawski and Luciano Berio, along with the prodigious talent of George Benjamin and Oliver Knussen.

    As Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Paul had the opportunity to perform great orchestral classics, and as a soloist he recorded Haydn's Trumpet Concerto and Copland's Quiet City for the BBC. In 1984 he was a prize winner of Toulon Prix de Concours, a major international trumpet competition, and has since performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Brandenburg Sinfonia, The London Concert Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

    Paul Archibald's repertoire reflects the music of our time and most recently has worked with Cecilia McDowall in a new work Seraphim, for Trumpet, Strings and Percussion, commissioned by Paul and the London Mozart Players. As suggested he is well known in the sphere of contemporary music. He also plays with the ensemble Fibonacci Sequence.

    Paul's discography includes the Trumpet Concertos by Haydn and Hummel, Carnival of Venice arranged by Malcolm Smith and Handel's Concerto Grosso No 10, all recorded for Readers Digest with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Gerhardt. Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Suite in D is recorded with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Paul also features as a soloist on Clarence Adoo's World of Brass, a fund-raising CD on behalf of the Clarence Adoo Fund.

    Photo credit: Alison Bowring

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