WASO blows its own trumpet in new commission

In a multicultural exercise that brought together disparate strands from across the globe, Australian patrons commissioned a trumpet concerto from British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage that was performed last week at a world premiere by renowned Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

WASO blows its own trumpet in new commission

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The work, commissioned by WASO Chair Janet Holmes a Court and the orchestra’s Making Music Together Patrons, was described byThe West Australian on 11 May as ‘an instant classic’.

‘A miscellany of moods in turn truculent, defiant, sombre and aggressive with perfectly spun trills and a gratifyingly varied range of tone colourings were sent, effortlessly arrow-like, into the auditorium. This was trumpet wizardry from a musician at the height of his powers.’

Some of the WASO Patrons were delighted to meet soloist Håkan Hardenberger, ‘the best trumpet player in the galaxy’ (The Times), and receive a framed memento signed by him, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann.

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