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    Elgar Howarth

    The Elgar Howarth Way

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    Instrument: trumpet unaccompanied & CD
    Grade: mediumdifficult
    Catalogue No: 6031
    ISMN No: 9790570279951

    Sixteen studies for trumpet with performance CD.

    “... the book would make the perfect addition to any trumpeter's collection ... Each study comes with a brief explanation to help the student understand the technical difficulties within and how to overcome them. The individual studies progress in challenge, from the intermediate range of Grade 5 to Grade 8 and beyond. The level of challenge progresses through the book and includes a mix of styles, which is a major strength of the book because it will help the student to develop a sound technique, as well as a grasp of different idioms ... The accompanying CD is a valuable addition featuring fantastic playing from Mark David, Artistic Director and Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music, and the examples are a great resource for the student to listen and learn from ...”
    Reviewed ‘Brass Band World’
    Elgar Howarth was educated in the 1950s at Manchester University and the Royal Manchester College of Music - the predecessor of the Royal Northern College of Music - where his fellow students included the composers Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies and Alexander Goehr, and the pianist John Ogden. Together they formed New Music Manchester, a group dedicated to the performance of new music.

    His early career as a trumpeter began at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, then as Principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as a frequent Guest Principal with the Philharmonia, London Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras.

    In 1968 he became the solo trumpeter of the London Sinfonietta and enjoyed a ten year period with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble as player, conductor, composer and arranger. In 1975 he retired from playing to follow a conducting career, appearing regularly with leading orchestras, both in the UK and worldwide, premiering Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" in Stockholm, a succession of operas by Birtwistle at Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, and Brett Dean's "Bliss" in Sydney in 2010. At the Garsington Festival Opera he conducted a series of 8 operas by Richard Strauss - a long-time ambition.

    As a former trumpeter he writes mainly for brass. Swedish trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger has recorded several of his works, including "Canto" and "Capriccioso". He was brought up in a brass band family and maintains his interest in this traditional form, making a huge contribution to the modern repertoire by his advocacy of the bands' artistic possibilities to composers new to the medium. Many of his own works are recorded, notably by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the Eikanger-Bjørsvig band of Norway.

    Having retired from professional conducting, his current activities include an appointment as Consultant to the Royal Academy of Music as Head of their Brass Chamber Music, and as occasional conductor of an outstanding local orchestra - The Kingfisher Sinfonia - in Suffolk, his present home. He is President of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

    Sample Track: Four

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