Anthony Thompson

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I am a cheerful professional trumpeter with 20 years experience, mostly classical & recording sessions, but "variety is the spice of life"!

Anthony Thompson began his musical training at The Salvation Army in Castleford, Yorkshire, progressing through a music scholarship to Ackworth School and then to Hull University where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Music. Following a year of post-graduate trumpet studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and two years as Music Director to the Salvation Army in Texas, he is now one of the busiest trumpeters in the North of England. 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. Despite this, he somehow manages to make regular appearances (including guest principal trumpet) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, New European Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He works occasionally with Opera North, English Northern Philharmonia, the Royal Shakespeare Company, North of England Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Britten Sinfonia. He has also played principal trumpet with Orquestra Nacional do Porto and been a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Baroque Orchestra. In addition, Anthony is a part of ViVA Brass, Orichalcum Classic Brass, Brass Ho!, Harlequin Brass and the English Brass Consort. As a session musician, Anthony has played on recordings with artists as diverse as Don Lusher, Kenny Baker, Norman Wisdom, Barbara Windsor, Claire Sweeney, Shirley Bassey, Delirious? and Gorillaz amongst many others, His albums of varied Classical works are available on digital download sites. 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! As a soloist, Anthony 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, returning in 2014 to premiere a new composition written especially for him! In late 2010 Anthony teamed up with Greg Bish to form a duo, whose informative concerts manage to display an unexpected complement that the trumpet and classical guitar can be to each other. Their first live recording, "An Intimate Evening with the Bish/Thompson Duo" is now available online and in person. Anthony is well known for the wide range of instruments he plays in concerts - everything from didgeridoo and conch shell to coaching horn, antique and modern cornets, soprano trombone, bugle, flugel horn, ramshorn and antelope horn shofars, natural and piccolo trumpets!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Fanfare, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Dixieland, Cabaret, Blues, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Gospel, Swing, Latin jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Motown, Karaoke, Vintage, Hip Hop, Tribute, Funk rock, Top 40, Soul, Funk, Disco, R&B, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Producer, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Actor
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Song list

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Arutiunian - Trumpet Concerto
Beatles - various!
Clarke - Suite in D
Clarke - Suite of Ayres for the Theatre
Copland - Quiet City
Gabrielli - Trumpet Sonata in D
Gershwin - Someone To Watch Over Me
Gershwin - Summertime
Jobim - Girl from Ipanema
Handel - Suite in D
Haydn - Trumpet Concerto
Hummel - Trumpet Concerto
Mancini - Moon River
Mozart - Trumpet Concerto
Neruda - Trumpet Concerto
Porter - I Get A Kick Out Of You
Rodgers - My Funny Valentine
Rodgers - My Favourite Things
Rodgers - You'll Never Walk Alone
Telemann - Trumpet Concerto in D
Torelli - Trumpet Concerto in D
Vivaldi - Trumpet Concerto in C
Weill - My Ship
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No problem, so long as I can make the re-arranged time!

How much time do you need to set up?

Very little, a matter of minutes.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Of course, I'm here to serve!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own trumpets to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Certainly, this is usual!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I work as a freelance musician so am used to all types of venues - most often concert halls, churches and recording studios. The trumpet will work in any setting.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I once performed for Pope Benedict XVI and duetted with Sting in the same week! I played to 250,000 people at a festival in Brazil. I've performed for the Queen, live on television, several times.


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£180
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Sandra T, 1 year ago

I would wholeheartedly recommend Anthony. He is personable, professional, punctual, and has a beautiful tone. We were delighted with his service, and his playing. Thank you again, Anthony!

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Joe R, 2 years ago

Ant is a great musician to work with in the studio. His ability to pick up parts quickly and nail them in one take is amazing but if a part needs to be tweaked or created his creative and sensitive ear is an asset to any composer, producer or studio engineer.

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Simon T, 4 years ago

I engaged Anthony as principal trumpet of a brass and wind ensemble. He was straight forward to deal with and prompt with the administrative aspects of the booking. I trusted him to liase with the whole brass section, which he was happy to do. He arrived in plenty of time for the rehearsal & helped engender a good working atmosphere. Anthony was meticulously prepared and played beautifully in both rehearsal and concert. I wouldn't recommend Anthony to any other fixer as I want him to myself all the time!

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