Brass Band de Charente and award winning trumpeter Nicolas Chatenet

Packed audience enjoy varied programme!

The Brass Band de Charente were delighted to share the concert stage with Nicolas Chatenet, Principal Trumpet of the Paris Opera. Nicolas treated the audience at the magnificent auditorium of Chateaubernard to some real innovation in brass music playing!

The concert began with the band playing several modern pieces including ‘Scat’ from ‘Cat’s Tales’ written by Peter Graham. The audience especially appreciated some wonderful jazz-style solos in the piece by Olivier Rivière on vibraphone, Luca Chiché on cornet and Michael Paulay on trombone – a brilliant effort by our soloists!

Innovation in brass music

The climax of the evening, however, was three pieces played by Nicolas Chatenet. The first and most challenging was the piece ‘Freedom’ written by Nicolas himself which included some really innovative use of electronic technology and music production.

The piece won Nicolas the first prize at a recent national competition. Nicolas also kindly wrote a coda to the piece to include the brass band. It was a privilege to hear such a rendition in the Charente!

Telemann comes to life!

Nicolas then paired with Luca Chiché for a Telemann trumpet duet but again interpreted in 21st century style.   

Luca, who has now finished his Master’s degree in trumpet performance at Munich conservatoire, commented: “I love returning to the Charente and especially the brass band where I was Principal Cornet for several years. The opportunity to play such interesting and innovative music gives us all something to think about!”

Brass flexibility!

Nicolas ended by playing the iconic Soprano cornet solo ‘Flowerdale’ written by Philip Sparke – Nicolas ran through the piece in rehearsal on his Bb Piccolo trumpet but at the last minute decided to perform the piece on the band’s Eb Soprano cornet.

For those present during the day, they would have also heard Nicolas play trombone to an equally high standard. What virtuosity!

Stretching our boundaries

At the end of the evening, Francis Chiché, the band’s conductor commented:

« “It’s a real pleasure to work with such a talented musician and to have our music boundaries being stretched in an accessible way.

Also, we all loved Luca returning to his brass family and performing such a stunning duet with Nicolas!

On a weekend such as this, where we have gathered the next generation of young brass players in the Charente, it’s wonderful to hear such a high standard of music being played!”

Why not get in touch?

You can also read more on other recent events with the Association and the Brass Band de Charente – such as a fantastic weekend workshop with the region’s youth players and the international trumpet soloist from Paris Opera, Nicolas Chatenet.

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1er Février 2020