Choral Union Series

Alison Balsom, trumpet & the Scottish Ensemble

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
Hill Auditorium

How does a trumpet create a life-enhancing experience?  Experience one of the most distinctive and groundbreaking musicians on the international circuit today.

Firmly established as one of the world’s leading trumpeters, Alison Balsom makes her UMS debut with an evening of supremely beautiful music. Born in 1978, Balsom was recently crowned “Female Artist of the Year” at the Classical BRITs for the second time, and in 2009 she headlined one of classical music’s most celebrated concerts — the last night of the BBC Proms, which reached its biggest ever global TV audience, an estimated 200 million. She is joined by the Scottish Ensemble, the UK’s only professional string orchestra and one that brings an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance.


Geminiani Concerto Grosso No. 12 in d minor, “La Follia”
Albinoni Oboe Concerto in B-flat, Op. 7, No. 3 (1712) (arr. Balsom)
Handel Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, Op. 6, No. 7 (1739)
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in D Major, RV 230 (1711) (arr. Balsom)
Handel Overture from Atalanta (1736)
Purcell Dance of the Furies from The Prophetess, Z. 627 (1690)
Purcell Selections from King Arthur, Z. 628 (1691)
Purcell Chacony in g minor (1680)
Purcell Fantasia on One Note (1680)
Handel Suite in D Major for Trumpet and Strings (1733) (arr. Balsom)

Program Book [PDF]

Also see
Alison Balsom website

Recently crowned ‘Female Artist of the Year’ for the second time at the Classic BRITs, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked among the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. She studied trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, and with Håkan Hardenberger and has also been honoured with numerous awards by Classic FM, Gramophone and ECHO Klassik..

Founded in 1969 and based in Glasgow, the Scottish Ensemble is the UK’s only professional string orchestra, built around a core of 12 outstanding string players who perform together under Artistic Director Jonathan Morton. The Ensemble’s distinctive programming style habitually blends music from different ages, offering new perspectives and making unexpected connections. Performing standing up, the individual players bring an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance, both in the concert hall and in the Ensemble’s comprehensive program of education and outreach activities. The Ensemble’s first-class reputation attracts collaborations with world-class soloists including, most recently, trumpeter Alison Balsom.

We welcome Ms. Balsom and the Scottish Ensemble to their UMS debut performance.

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