Concerts, Lecture-recitals and Educational Workshops
Not just concerts – uniquely engaging and highly entertaining presentations of some of the most beautiful music from the classical repertoire presented by the trumpet soloist, lecturer and founder of Chaconne Brass, Mark Kesel.
Through these performances, Mark Kesel explores the world of the trumpet and trumpet playing. In the popular lecture recital The Square on the Hippopotamus there are demonstrations and explanations of a huge range of brass instrument, their history and development, from the flugel horn to the piccolo trumpet and the peashooter to the pocket trumpet. The intimate concert performance entitled Soiree Musicale features enticing 18th Century works for trumpet and strings given in period costume and is a dramatic insight into the life of the Court musician.
'A cocktail of lyrical trumpet playing and delightful anecdotes...beautifully presented'
(from a review of 'The Square on the Hippopotamus')
'Mark Kesel warmed our Teesside audience on a cold January evening with a superb exhibition of trumpet playing. In journeying from the baroque through classical to latin and jazz styles he demonstrated the versatility of the trumpet family and gave us a unique history lesson at the same time. The Square on the Hippopotamus was decidedly unsquare as an evening's enlightened entertainment.'
Teesside Music Society
'Two days ago, a member of my audience phoned to say 'thankyou for the wonderful International music series' also how much he enjoyed your concert in particular……saying it was 'so informative, interesting,.and excellent music. An enjoyable experience.'
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery International Concert Series.
Jeanie Moore, MVO
'Mark Kesel then electrified the audience with the sheer brilliance of his technique'
(From a review of a performance of the Elgar Howarth Trumpet Concerto)