Mackie, Alistair


Alistair has been a principal player with the London Sinfonietta since 2009 and a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1996 where he currently holds the position of Joint Principal Trumpet. From 2005-2011 he also served as Chairman of the orchestra.

Alistair was formerly Principal Trumpet in the Orchestra of Glyndebourne Touring Opera.He graduated from the university of Surrey in 1988 and in 1990 became the first brass player to win the wind section of the Royal Overseas League Music competition.

He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He taught at the University of Surrey for 15 years and since 2007 has been a professor at the Royal College of Music.



Davy, Kevin

Kevin Davy is a London-based trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. In a career spanning three decades, he has amassed an extensive recorded discography, which includes work ranging from musical theatre to modern jazz and contemporary music. He has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Adam F, Lemn Sissay’s Secret Society, and Finley Quaye.

O'Keeffe, Mark


Creative Scotland winner 2003, Mark O’Keeffe has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. He is a native of County Cork, Ireland, where he began his musical studies at the age of seven. After playing in the local brass band and receiving trumpet lessons from his father, his love of the trumpet developed.

In 1992, after studying at the Cork School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark was chosen as the winner of the RTE Musician of the Future competition. On his return to Ireland later that year, he was appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for four years.

Over the past twelve years he has appeared as soloist with the BBCSSO performing new works by Judith Bingham, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies, as well as concertos by Telemann, Hummel and Shostakovich.  In addition to his career with the BBC SSO, he is a committed chamber musician playing with ensembles which share his passion for new music, including guest Principal Trumpet with London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.

His teachers include Murray Greig, John Wallace, Bo Nilsson and Fritz Damrow. Mark O’Keeffe teaches at the RSAMD Glasgow where he has completed, with distinction, a Masters degree in trumpet performance. He records solo repertoire on the Delphian label.

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Archibald, Paul


Paul's principal positions have included the London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of St John's, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He now performs chamber music with Trio D'Art, Carnyx Brass, and Fibonacci Sequence, with particular focus on his group English Brass and its associated English Brass Academy. Paul maintains a great interest in folk music and is a member of Brass Monkey and rock-folk band Home Service. He is a prize winner of the Toulon Prix de Concours.

He is Artistic Director of Brass Classics, his own recording label, and his discography includes Joie de Vivre, Divertissement, Proclamation, Hodie Gloriosa Peter Maxwell Davies' Trumpet Sonata. His recording of the Shostakovich Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with Alain Lefèvre (piano) and the London Mozart Players was awarded Canada's prestigious JUNO award for best Classical Album in 2010. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Blaauw, Marco

Marco Blaauw studied trumpet at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He continued studying with Pierre Thibaud and with Markus Stockhausen. He has an international career as a trumpet soloist and is a permanent member of the ensemble musikFabrik in Cologne. Some of the orchestras and new music ensembles with which he has performed as soloist are: the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta and Asko|Schönberg Ensemble. Marco Blaauw's goal is the further development of the trumpet, its technique and its repertoire. He works in close collaboration both with the established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been written especially for Blaauw or have been inspired by his playing, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Rebecca Saunders, Richard Ayres, Isabel Mundry and Hanna Kulenty. Since 1998, Marco Blaauw has worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and has premiered solo roles in scenes of the opera cycle LICHT. In August 2008 he presented the premiere of "HARMONIES for trumpet" from Stockhausen’s unfinished cycle KLANG for BBC Radio 3 in the Royal Albert Hall.
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