Thursday 21 July 2022, 1pm, Howden Minster

Free admission with retiring donations

Anthony Hedges  Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 137

Elgar  The Serious Doll

Elgar  Chanson de Matin

Elgar  In Smyrna

Vaughan Williams  How Cold The Wind Doth Blow

David Gawthorpe  Here

Florence Price  Selection of songs

From the brilliant tone of the piccolo trumpet to the sultry flugelhorn, Anthony Thompson has performed many trumpet concertos and solo pieces. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, USA, Holland and Brazil, and has appeared in Norway, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Italy. With organist Gordon Stewart he gave the first performance of Andrew Carter's Petite Suite, which they then took on two tours in the United States.

In addition to his own solo work and masterclasses, Anthony appears regularly on BBC Radio 4's Daily Service and BBC Television's Songs of Praise. In the summers of 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012 he performed substantial solo works with the New English Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival.


​In live performance, Anthony has performed with the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, Lesley Garrett, Hayley Westenra, The Sixteen with Harry Christophers, Liam McNally, London Community Gospel Choir, Steve Winwood, duetted with Sting and played for Pope Benedict XVI!

Anthony also enjoys a successful career as an orchestral trumpeter. He has played frequently (including performances as guest principal trumpet) with the BBC Philharmonic (trial), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, C.B.S.O., the Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, New European Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and has played occasionally with the Britten Sinfonia, Opera North, English Northern Philharmonia, the Royal Shakespeare Company, North of England Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. He has also played principal trumpet with Orquestra Nacional do Porto and been a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Baroque Orchestra.

In April 2008 Anthony was appointed principal trumpet of Sinfonia ViVA and since Christmas Day 2002 he has also been principal trumpet and soloist with the New English Orchestra.

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Watch Anthony Thompson perform part of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto

Graziana Presicce is an Italian pianist currently based in the UK. She recently completed a scholarship-funded PhD in Music Performance at the University of Hull (2020) after graduating with a first class BA Music Degree, where she was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Music Scholarship and Special Prize in Music. The friendly atmosphere and the privilege to study piano under the guidance of Irina Glushenkova encouraged her to pursue her studies at Hull further by completing a Masters course with Distinction.


Past engagements include what is believed to be the recorded premiere of works by the Hull-born composer Ethel Leginska, performed with baritone Lee Tsang as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 (March 2017) and featured on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters. Graziana performed on various occasions as part of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performances include concertos with the former Hull University Orchestra and the New International Chamber Ensemble (NICE).

Through the course of her studies, Graziana also had the privilege of taking part in collaborative projects with composers which premièred new works, including Nigel Morgan's Deep Sea Diver (Hull, 2012), Sandy Clark's A Blue Scent Rises (Leeds Lieder, 2012), Alastair Borthwick and Rob Mackay's Snake Lines (from Living Museums, Nicosia, 2014; Hull, 2016), and George Marshall's In Memory (Hull, 2017).

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