Andy Quin, professional composer and performer returns to Holy Trinity Church bringing with him David Edwards, trumpet maker and player, who performs at HTC for the first time. They are planning an hour of music on organ, piano and trumpet, bringing us a wide range of music to include some improvisations, Andy’s own compositions, well know classics and some with a Christmas theme.
No fixed programme but it will be quite a wide-ranging selection including improvisations, some of my own compositions and also well-known classics and some Christmas related music. With David’s historical instruments we usually include appropriate repertoire from composers such as Thomas Arne or G.F. Handel etc.
Andy Quin: Composer and Performer
After graduating he started composing music for TV and Film and his internationally successful career as a composer really took off in 1984. Since then Andy has had very little time to pursue his first love of performing although he has always kept a keen interest in organs. He has composed numerous TV and film tracks using both electronics and pipes as well as being broadcast on The Organist Entertains and playing classical organ music such as the Widor Toccata at a number of weddings! His classical training, vast experience of composing, arranging and conducting many of the major UK orchestras, working with the world’s finest musicians, a great knowledge of film and TV scoring coupled with years of experience of Jazz and improvisation give Andy a unique insight as a performer. His programmes include arrangements and improvisations on standards, Light Music, themes from the classics, musicals and film, The Great American Songbook and of course a few of his own well-known compositions from some of the UK’s best-loved advertisements and long-running TV series.
Andy is much in demand around the world for his compositional work, particularly in the US. Recently his music has featured on major productions such as Boardwalk Empire, Ab Fab The Movie, Victoria & Abdul, Widows, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Supernatural, also worldwide ad campaigns such as Nike, Barbie and Mon Guerlain. His trailer to the Terrence Malick film ‘To The Wonder’ was a finalist in the Music and Sound Awards 2014 at The Troxy. He has composed and recorded over 80 albums for his publisher De Wolfe Music. He is also an enthusiastic educator and supporter of pipe organ restoration projects. He gives illustrated lectures/workshops/demonstrations to schools and Universities on aspects of film and TV music including cinema organ and music for silent film whenever time permits. Please contact him if you are interested in a talk or for fundraising/charity work.
David Edwards: Trumpet player and maker
David began learning the cornet and trumpet with his father at the age of 10. By the age of 12 he had joined the St. John Ambulance Brigade, Salopia Band Division and at the age of 15 took over the post of principal cornet from his father.
The Ambulance Band transferred, to a man, to the Territorial Army, Namely the Band of The Shropshire Yeomanry and as Solo Cornetist he was promoted to Lance Corporal. Whilst performing military duties David did a 5-year apprenticeship with Sentinel Wagon Works which was taken over by Rolls Royce halfway through his time there.
On finishing his time at RR he was called up for his national service and auditioned for the Royal Artillery Mounted Band, being taken on as 1st Cornet and Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra. During this time he did a year course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Horace Barker (London Mozart Players and ex-RA Mounted.)
At the end of 6 years the band was moved to Germany and he decided to transfer to a more stable band, The Life Guards, in Windsor. Here he played in the orchestra for dinners at Windsor Castle and occasional Royal Family dance parties, acted as a State Trumpeter, Principle Trumpet of their small Orchestra and toured the Far East and Europe with the military band.
After a bad horse accident (a kick in the face which removed 5 teeth and part of the jaw bone) it took about 18 months to make sounds again so he left the army to teach brass instruments for the Berkshire Young Musicians’ Trust where he remained for 30 years becoming Director of Early Music Studies and becoming involved with The Bate Collection and making copies of Baroque Trumpets to export all over the world. He has also advised and played on film and TV.