SHE is an international star, renowned for her stunning musicianship.
Trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom, named only weeks ago as the Female Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards, will play in Huddersfield later this year.
It is another musical coup for New Mill Male Voice Choir who last year hosted top cellist Julian Lloyd Webber at a town hall concert last autumn.
Such was the success of that concert that the choir has decided to stage another large-scale concert with Alison as their star guest.
And star she is. Alison’s success at the recent Brits was a repeat of 2009 when she first won the Female Artist of the Year award.
At this year’s glamorous awards night at the Royal Albert Hall, Alison played pieces from her hugely successful album, Italian Concertos.
Born in Hertfordshire, Alison studied trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, and with Swedish virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger.
She is visiting Professor of Trumpet to the Guildhall School of Music.
Alison, though still in her early thirties, has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors.
She has won numerous awards and two years ago, played at one of classical music’s biggest events, The Last Night Of The Proms which has an estimated global television audience of over 200 million people.
She will play in New Mill Male Voice Choir’s concert in October accompanied by international organ soloist David Goode.
David has worked with Alison for a number of years, appearing with her in concerts and recitals throughout Europe.
He will be a featured solo artist at this year’s BBC Proms, appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on the First Night in July.
Good news too that the choir and their star guest will also be joined by our own super soprano, Sarah Ogden.
Sarah is a post graduate at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and has been a welcome guest in many concerts in the area.