Proper Crim-blow: Renowned trumpeter joins Manchester Camerata line-up

World-famous trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth will join Manchester Camerata in a celebration of Christmas music at the Albert Hall.

The concert, entitled ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’, will feature a mixture of baroque, classical, and traditional festive music from Italy, Britain, and Helseth’s home country, Norway.

“I’m really looking forward to it as I’m a Christmas person and it’s a fun holiday,” said the 27-year-old.

“A couple of years back I was in London next to the enormous tree which comes from Norway which was really exciting.

Tine is known for her ability to communicate with audiences, a skill she prides herself on.

“I like to think that I do this job because I love to play music, and I want to have fun, so I try to be positive and be myself when I meet people and perform with them,” she added.

“As long as an audience is present and open-minded then I can try to engage them.”

Alongside classic carols like In the Bleak Mid-Winter and Angels from the Realms of Glory, the concert will feature pieces such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto.

Permanent guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer will the lead the orchestra in his 32nd year of working with the Camerata.

“This is the longest relationship I’ve had with any orchestra,” said the 69-year-old.

“When Dougie Boyd took over as music director, I got myself the title of permanent guest conductor.

“It was a good way of making sure they couldn’t get rid of me until I actually drop dead, which is the only way I intend to leave, because it’s such a pleasure working with this group.

“Of course there’s not anyone left in the orchestra who played in my first concert in 1982, but I’ve got to know them so well, and they know what I’m going to say before I say it.”

Kraemer also spends time working with youth orchestras all over the world, including the quite remarkable Chicago Civic Orchestra.

“I’m very interested in encouraging young people to play classical music and to become excellent,” he added.

“It’s so important that young people are playing music, because that will keep music alive.

“In Britain we are pretty good at encouraging our children to make music, almost as soon as they go to school.”

The Trumpet Shall Sound will take place at 3pm on Sunday December 14 at Manchester’s Albert Hall.

Image courtesy of Kjetil Ree, with thanks.

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