Rising Star Returns



Solihull Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn Concert at Shirley Methodist Church on the afternoon of Saturday 14 November will feature local trumpeter Eric Brookes in a performance of Josef Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, a work he first performed with the orchestra as a young Rising Star in 2008.

Eric is now a classically trained orchestral trumpet player, experienced in ensemble, chamber music and solo performance. He was a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra between 2011-13 and worked with conductors Michael Seal, Edward Gardner, Andrew Litton and Ilan Volkov. Eric also plays frequently with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and played principal trumpet for their acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony at Birmingham Town Hall in 2014. Other orchestral activities have include performing Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in Leamington Spa in 2013 and in the Birmingham Opera Company’s production of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina in May 2014.

As a soloist Eric has performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets with Leeds College of Music Baroque Ensemble, Copland’s Quiet City and Shostakovich’s Concerto No.1 for piano and trumpet with the Bournville String Orchestra, as well as a number of competition finals at Birmingham Conservatoire. While at the Leeds College of Music, he was awarded the Joseph Stones Scholarship Prize in 2011 and the Fred and Ethel Tolson Memorial Prize for Brass Performance in 2012. He also won the Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Prize in 2014.

Eric graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from Leeds studying with David Hooper and Murray Greig and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in instrumental performance from Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied with Jonathan Holland and Alan Thomas. Eric’s study was supported generously by the Knowle Hill School Fund and Birmingham Conservatoire.

The concert, which begins at 15:30 will be conducted by the orchestra’s Music Director, Jon Malaxetxebarria. It also includes two Russian masterpieces - Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, and Tchaikovsky’s tragic 6th Symphony, the ‘ Pathetique’ completed only a few weeks before the composer’s death.

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