Scholarship student and Trinity Laban music alumnus Rob Willson
played the fanfare at the John Hosier Music Trust 10th
anniversary concert at the Wigmore Hall on 20 April. Rob received a
scholarship from the organisation that is dedicated to helping
emerging musicians bridge the gap between college and the
profession. Rob said: "It was a fantastic honour to receive a
scholarship from the JHMT. The scholarship provided vital financial
support for me, and I remain incredibly grateful."
All of the scholarship winners since the Trust's formation
played at the anniversary concert. The concert opened with the
world premiere of JHMT trustee Leslie East'sFanfare for (J)H, which
was composed especially for the event.
Rob recalls: "It was a great evening with some astonishing
performances, and I felt very privileged to be involved. To share
the stage with such great musicians, and to do so at one of
London's most prestigious venues was an experience I'll never
Rob is also a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's
Foyle Future Firsts annual development programme, which he
describes as an ideal next step after completing his Postgraduate
Studies at Trinity Laban. "One of the highlights of the
programme has been the opportunity to sit in rehearsals with the
LPO, often getting the chance to play along as part of the
orchestra, and working under the baton of some of the world's best
conductors. I have benefitted from expert one-to-one tuition from
members of the trumpet section, and have participated in a great
number of the LPO's Education and Community Projects. On top of
this, there are many performance opportunities throughout the year
for the members to perform as a chamber ensemble, sometimes also
featuring members of the LPO."
Over the last year, Rob has performed at the Royal Festival
Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, learning
about life as an orchestral musician and gaining valuable
experiences to further his career.
Want to catch this trumpet player live on stage? Rob's upcoming
engagements include playing Hummel's Trumpet Concerto with the
King's College London Symphony Orchestra in June, and a tour to
Bremen, Germany, with his brass quartet Meridian Brass.