Peter Wright (interview)

Peter Wright
Position: 2nd Trumpet

What year did you join the LMP?
1982

At what age did you start playing?
8

Apart from the London Mozart Players, what other musical activities are you involved in?
I work with most of the London symphony orchestras and also Northern Sinfonia and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. As well as in orchestras I play in West End shows. Currently – Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and War Horse.

What do you love about your instrument and why?
Playing an instrument like a trumpet means you have nowhere to hide. One wrong note or in the wrong place can wreck a performance. I enjoy that feeling that one moment’s lack of concentration can lose you your job.

Which player of your instrument do you most admire and why?
I admire many players because the instrument crosses so many styles of music. I admire Jazz legends like Arturo Sandoval and of course orchestral masters like the “late”, great, Maurice Murphy from the LSO.

What is your favourite piece of music and why?
There are so many. However Mahler 2 and Shostakovich 5 & 8 are high on my list. They are incredibly emotional pieces deep with the feelings of the composer and all have wonderfully fulfilling trumpet writing.

What other types of music do you listen to?
Jazz, Rock, Kletzmer and most things but NEVER EVER Country and Western.

How do you spend your spare time, if you have any?
I have two young boys, so not so much spare time. However, I love cooking, skiing and playing Bridge.

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