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Leading light of the brass world, trumpeter Alison Balsom, will be releasing a new album on 18 October. She talks to Classic FM about the album, teaching and motherhood.
Alison Balsom has recorded much of the core trumpet repertoire, and for her latest album she has moved on to Italian Baroque violin and oboe concertos, which she transcribed herself. She tells Classic FM about the transcription process and the difficulties of arranging the pieces so they sound like they were always intended for the trumpet.
Still in her early 30s, Alison Balsom has already won a Classical BRIT Award and a Gramophone Award. Aside from regular concerts around the globe, Alison is also Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and an ambassador for the international charity War Child. We ask her about all these activities.
Alison had a baby with partner Edward Gardner earlier this year. We find out how she manages to juggle all her work commitments with looking after Charlie, and what it’s like watching Edward Gardner conduct.