October 24, 2019
Wiltshire Rural Music, 113 Gloucester Road, BA14 0AE
Performers: Mike Lomas (trombone) and David Price (piano).
Mike Lomas - Mike began his playing career in brass bands, notably with Harton Colliery in the north-east and with the Hanwell band in London. Over the past thirty years, he has gained extensive and varied experience as a trombonist across a wide area of south-west England. (He is to play the Ferdinand David Trombone Concertino with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury City Hall on 23 November this year.) A graduate of Durham University, where he obtained a history degree and a postgraduate certificate in music education, Mike holds an LRSM performers’ diploma on the trombone. In 1986, he won a full-time research studentship in Arts from the Open University, where he was awarded a Ph. D in 1990 for his thesis on the history of band music in southern England. Mike has studied trombone and sackbut with a number of teachers, notably with Mr. Donal Bannister, principal trombone of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has taught brass in many state and independent schools, and remains a brass teacher at Marlborough College and Dauntsey’s School. In Trowbridge, Mike is proud to have taught brass at the John of Gaunt school between about 1990 and 2008, helping the then Director of Music, Mr. Phil Springate, to establish the school as one of the leading places for brass education in Britain.
David Price – David began his musical training as a chorister at Chester Cathedral and later won a Music Scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge. After graduating in 1961, he remained in Cambridge to take a teaching diploma before settling in Wiltshire as Head of Music at the Bentley Grammar School, Calne. He moved to Dauntsey’s School in 1970 where he spent twenty four happy years as Director of Music, teaching, accompanying and conducting. He took early retirement in 1994 in order to work as a freelance coach, accompanist, conductor and lecturer. His hobbies include cooking, gardening, woodturning and playing even more chamber music.
Updated programme (in order):
Stanley: Trumpet Voluntary
Schubert: An die Musik
David: Concertino for trombone in Eb (1837)
Paderewski: Minuet in G
Glinka (arr. Hewlett-Davies): Truth is Dawning (Susanin’s aria) from ‘A Life for the Tsar’.
Handel (arr. Laycock): Where E’er You Walk from ‘Semele’