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The youngest ever winner of BBC Younger Musician in 2008, Peter Moore turns into the primary trombone soloist on the BBC Proms for almost 20 years with George Walker’s concerto


Peter Moore (Photo Benjamin Ealovega)
Peter Moore (Picture Benjamin Ealovega)

Trombonist Peter Moore is all of 26. In 2008 on the age of twelve, he turned the youngest ever winner of the BBC Younger Musician competitors and is now principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra and professor of trombone on the Royal Academy of Music.

On Tuesday sixteenth August 2022, Moore makes his BBC Proms solo debut when he performs George Walker’s Trombone Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Vasily Petrenko, as half a programme together with works by Prokofiev and Copland. Amazingly, that is the primary time there was a trombone soloist on the proms in virtually 20 years.

George Walker (1922-2018) was the primary Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1996. He studied on the Curtis Institute with Rudolf Serkin, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky and Rosario Scalero (Samuel Barber’s instructor). His Trombone Concerto was written in 1957 and is likely one of the earliest trendy trombone concertos with Walker’s music reflecting a variety of influences from Beethoven to jazz. Walker’s concerto was preceded by a jazz-inflected on by Nathaniel Shilkret which was written for band chief Tommy Dorsey in 1942. Following on from Walker’s live performance got here that by Nino Rota (1966), these by Xenakis (1991), Berio (1999), and Mark-Anthony Turnage (1999-2000) all devoted to Christian Lindberg, James MacMillan (2001), and extra not too long ago Dani Howard (commissioned for Moore in 2021).

The final time the trombone was featured on the BBC Proms was in 2003 with the Symphony No. 9 for trombone and orchestra by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, once more for trombonist Christian Lindberg and memorably that includes trombone, sackbut (early trombone) and free jazz solos.

Within the Autumn, Moore will probably be soloist along with his residence orchestra as he performs Toru Takemitsu’s Fantasma Cantos II with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle in London and on tour to Japan. Later in October Moore may also be debuting a brand new chamber music collection with mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and pianist Michael McHale, performing preparations of works by Frank Bridge, Schumann, Schubert, and picks from the Nice American Songbook in Belfast, the town the place Peter was born.

Additional particulars from BBC Proms web site, and LSO web site,

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