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Neil Brough


I play modern and period instruments.  Below are some examples of the type of work I have done.

Royal College of Music.
Professor of Natural Trumpet from 2003 to present day.

English Chamber Orchestra.

Principal trumpet when required:

As Principal:

  • Haydn Drum Roll Symphony for Sir Colin Davis at ECO 25th Anniversary concert.
  • The Classical Brit Awards
  • Bach Orchestral Suites for Prince Charles.
  • Handel Fireworks Music at Hampton Court.
  • Stravinsky Pulcinella on a tour to South Africa.

Philharmonia Orchestra.
I have played all positions in the trumpet section including Principal, also playing specialist parts such as D Trumpet in Ravel's Bolero.  

Conductors: Dohnanyi, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Hickox, Lazarev, Maazel, Mackerras, Salonen.

English Baroque Soloists, dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Principal Trumpet - 2000 to present day (natural trumpet, slide trumpets and horn)
  • I have played and recorded some of the most difficult solo trumpet obligati from Bach’s cantatas, as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria for Deutsche Gramophon and works by Handel, and Purcell in many of the world’s major concert halls.
  • In 2004 I played the B minor Mass seventeen times for Gardiner including the acclaimed BBC Prom concert.

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
(natural trumpet and early slide/keyed/valved trumpets & cornets)

As Principal Trumpet:

  • In 2003 I played Principal Cornet in The Trojans by Berlioz at the Châtelet in Paris – now available on award-winning DVD.
  • Featured in BBC film Eroica.
  • Performed many concerts including Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Beethoven symphonies, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schumann symphonies.
  • Recorded Schubert’s Mass in Ab, Philips.

Brandenburg Concerto no. 2.
(modern and natural trumpet)

I have played Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto many times, on modern and Baroque trumpet, in London and across Europe and Australia.  Notable performances of this piece include one on live TV with Robert King & The King's Consort, a live radio broadcast with RAI Turin in Italy, concerts with members of the English Chamber Orchestra, and also with Joshua Rifkin.

The King’s Consort – Robert King.
(natural trumpet)
I am a regular member of The King’s Consort, often playing principal when required.

As Principal Trumpet:

  • Live TV Broadcast of Brandenburg Concerto no.2.
  • Recorded the Ruggieri Gloria for Hyperion.
  • Performed solo trumpet obligati including Handel’s L’Allegro.
  • Performed various solo items with the "small group.”

La Serenissima – Adrian Chandler.
Principal Trumpet (natural trumpet)

Solo features include:

  • A series of concerts for solo trumpet and voice by Purcell with James Bowman.
  • Bach Jauchzet Gott BWV 51 with Mhairi Lawson.
  • Vivaldi – Trumpet Concerti, both C major and D major.

The English Concert – Trevor Pinnock.
As Principal Trumpet (natural trumpet)

  • Featured in the BBC documentary Handel’s Water Music.
  • Played The Trumpet Shall Sound in Paris and London in a live broadcast.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
As Principal Trumpet (natural trumpet)

  • Recorded with Cecelia Bartoli a CD of Salieri arias.  Decca.
  • Took the same programme on tour playing in Carnegie Hall N.Y. and Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
As Principal Trumpet (natural trumpet)

  • As a period instrument specialist I have played principal trumpet in operas by Haydn, Mozart and Handel for Hogwood and Mackerras.

Television and film soundtracks.

  • Venice, BBC
  • Judge John Deed
  • Titus
  • The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries
  • Cat - Videos
  • Joseph - Video

More Orchestras.

  • The Avison Ensemble (principal)
  • Baroque Brass of London (+ principal)
  • The Britten Sinfonia (+ principal)
  • English National Ballet
  • English National Opera
  • Ex Cathedra (+ principal)
  • Gabrieli Consort & Players
  • His Majesty’s Sagbuts & Cornetts
  • Locrian Ensemble (principal)
  • London Brass
  • London Metropolitan Orchestra
  • The Moody Blues
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Souled Out

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