Peter Wright

Position: Sub-Principal Trumpet

Peter joined the LMP in 1982. He started playing the Cornet in his local brass band at the age of 8.

He went on to study at the Royal College Of Music where his teacher was David Mason – David played the famous piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles “Penny Lane”.

Peter has work with most of the London symphony orchestras and also Royal Northern Sinfonia and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. As well as in orchestras he has performed in many West End shows. Peter was the original trumpet player in Les Misérables and has performed regularly in The Phantom of the Opera and War Horse. Peter also has taken part in numerous studio recordings for films and TV. He was heard for many years, every evening, on the titles of the BBC news. Peter also worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra during the World tour of The Three Tenors.

Interview

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. But when it goes well it is so exciting.

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 boys, so not so much spare time. However, I love cooking, skiing and playing Bridge.

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