Professor John Miller: Seminar Details and Video

Professor John Miller (RNCM)

12th October 2011

When the trumpet met the cornet

This seminar will outline the origins of the trumpet and cornet, show how the two instruments initially differed, how they developed, and discuss some ways in which their attributes have inter-related, fused in certain countries, and retained differences elsewhere.

A 100-year time frame ranges from the romantic era, when the trumpet saw change from a centuries-long established design through technological revolution, to the period just before the First World War. Presentation and discussion will concentrate on style of composition and performance for symphony and opera orchestra, with particular reference to Berlioz, Wagner and other key composers, but will discuss other related activities and individuals. The characteristics of the two instruments will be investigated by seeing and hearing real period instruments in short musical extracts, in addition to selected recordings.

Professor John Miller began his musical life playing cornet in a local brass band in Fife, Scotland. After study at Kings College Cambridge and postgraduate trumpet study in New York and Chicago, his professional performing career was based in London. This was as a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Wallace Collection.

John joined the staff of Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in 1999, as Director of Brass Studies. He has in addition enjoyed long and successful associations with both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra. His educational work with young musicians is internationally acclaimed - in 1993 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Guildhall School, in 2006 a Fellowship of the RNCM.


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