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.



London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.

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Jordan Hunt says ... Siren for solo trumpet is a phantom image of something lost, a call to the ocean; standing on the edge of a cliff, the strained and intense call of mourning is answered by an ethereal voice from the sea; an otherworldly response, harking back to Ellen's fragile call in Britten's Peter Grimes, embodied by the voice of a siren, calling "Peter". The piece is dedicated to my late friend Peter Alexander.

In partnership with London Sinfonietta we continue our Sinfonietta Shorts series, a collection of bite-sized pieces of new music from today's leading composers; commissioned and premiered by the principal players of the London Sinfonietta.

The first five Sinfonietta Shorts were premiered in 2008 to celebrate the ensemble's 40th birthday and since then the London Sinfonietta has commissioned many more. Each work has enduring relevance and is a great introduction to the best new music of our time. Pieces by Anna Meredith, Dai Fujikura, Mark Bowden, Jonathan Harvey and Harrison Birtwistle were released on NMC Recordings in 2013, with another eight scheduled in 2016. The fi rst two are Jordan Hunt Siren and Samantha Fernando Kinesphere.


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(c) NMC Recordings Ltd

Siren was recorded on 24 January 2014 at Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey.

Producer/engineer DAVID LEFEBER

Catalogue number:
NMC DL3017
Release Date:
19 February 2016