About the album
THE LONDON TRUMPET SOUND
In The London Sound Series, Cala Records brings together the finest British performers
on a given instrument, aligning them with talented and sympathetic arrangers. Our goal
with these large, single-instrument orchestras is to stimulate performances which are
rich in sound and exciting in concept. In providing a showcase for the artistry and
creativity of the musicians, we trust that the recordings will provide a unique and enjoyable
The London Trumpet Sound balances classical, jazz, Latin and popular music. The entire
trumpet family is involved, from supple basses to stratospheric piccolos. The recording
sessions were divided between the church of St Jude-on-the-Hill for the classical items
and BBC Maida Vale’s Studio 3 for the popular tracks. When the red light came on, the
jovial camaraderie amongst the brass players gave way to total concentration on ensemble
music-making and the production of spectacular solos. It was particularly encouraging
to see how seasoned pros and rising stars alike would urge each other on to give of
John Wallace and Roy Bilham, in addition to consulting with Cala Records over repertoire,
soloists and arrangers, were instrumental in matching the players to each other and to the
diverse musical styles. We also recognise the invaluable contributions of the arrangers,
“the unsung heroes of The London Sound Series” as one reviewer called them.
Scores and parts for most of the arrangements are available through Cala Music
Publishing. For full details please visit calarecords.com. We are gratified to find that groups
of trumpeters around the world (and indeed violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists,
horn players, trombonists and harp players as well) are joining together in considerable
numbers to play and perform the music heard in The London Sound Series recordings.
Since the making of this album in 2001, the London trumpet world has lost two of its
legends – Maurice Murphy and James Watson. That this recording still sounds as fresh
today as it did more than a decade ago is a tribute to their wonderful musicianship, and
also that of their colleagues, all of whom have felt their loss very deeply. We hope that The
London Trumpet Sound, while attesting to the talent and achievements of the entire
ensemble, will now serve as a memorial to two of the finest players in British brass history.
© 2013 Geoffrey Simon, Artistic Director, Cala Records
11Sing Sing Sing
13Fanfare from Sinfonietta
14The Carnival of Venice
15The Prince of Denmark's March
16Rondo alla Turca
17The Thieving Magpie Overture
18En Aranjuez con tu amor
19Music for the Royal Fireworks I.
110Music for the Royal Fireworks II.
111Music for the Royal Fireworks III.
113Hoedown from Rodeo