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Concerts and Lecture-recitals including The Square on the Hippopotamus


The Square on the Hippopotamus

Educational concert
(trumpet & piano)

This educational version of The Square on the Hippopotamus is designed to give younger audiences the chance to explore the World of the trumpet from Pythagoras to the present day.

During the forty minute entertainment children will be introduced to the well known and less familiar members of the trumpet family including the piccolo trumpet, jazz peashooter, pocket trumpet, flugel horn, kettle and walking stick trumpet. They will hear a performance of the famous Prince of Denmark’s March played on the hosepipe and some children will be given the chance to play the baritone and tuba! Oh…and Mark will play some great pieces of music too! Including the lively finale of Hummel’s wonderful concerto and a range of children friendly pieces from the Baroque to Jazz.

A lively, entertaining and interactive presentation suitable for children of any age.

"Mark and Ian gave the children a fantastic opportunity to observe, handle and listen to brass instruments at close quarters. It was a brilliantly structured session, educational, fun and interactive. The children loved every minute."

Paula Prewett, Headmistress, Winbury School

Mark KeselIntroduction to Brass

Mark Kesel – trumpet & Ian Westley - piano

Mark Kesel, trumpet player and founder of Chaconne Brass presents this upbeat workshop designed to give children their first taste of playing brass instruments. It is ideal for schools wishing to develop brass playing among pupils. Mark will play some exciting and familiar melodies on the trumpet, hosepipe and even the kettle! The children will learn how brass instruments work and will have the opportunity to try the trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba. The workshop is suitable for up to 60 children of almost any age. The presentations last approximately 35 minutes and schools can be given help and advice on acquiring instruments and finding instrumental teachers in your area. It can also be the perfect accompaniment to the study of sound in science lessons as it can give practical illustrations of much that is taught in the National Curriculum.

Schools can choose from 1 – 3 sessions during the school day.

[Also available are full days including workshop(s), training session for your existing ensemble/brass players and an entertaining afternoon or evening recital. The recital features children friendly pieces for trumpet and piano and your school ensemble and is ideal for both the children and their parents].

Mark Kesel

Mark was inspired to pursue a career in music by his first teacher Jimmy Norden and continued his studies with Sidney Ellison at the Royal Academy of Music. After obtaining a degree in music from the University of Reading, Mark was appointed their trumpet teacher.

He conducted a series of performances of the rarely staged opera by Stanford called The Travelling Companion was principal trumpet with the touring opera company Opera East for twelve years and has worked as a freelance trumpet player and guest soloist.

Mark founded Chaconne Brass in 1984 and was the driving force behind the group in its early years. He was responsible for devising their popular family and educational programme ‘Oh Good Chips for Tea!’ which has been performed to tens of thousands of children in Britain and abroad.

Mark has directed two lottery funded educational projects in his home town of Reading and has composed and arranged several works for brass a number of which are recorded. Mark lives in Reading with his wife, two children and dog, is a keen supporter of Reading Football Club and enjoys his tennis and mountain walks.

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Ian Westley is one of England’s finest accompanists. He works regularly as repetiteur for a number of choirs and productions but still finds time to be the musical director of the Erleigh Cantors. Ian has appeared with Mark Kesel at recitals throughout Britain and is a regular guest artist for Chaconne Brass in their Christmas productions at Reading’s Town Hall.

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