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 forget."
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.