Review: Crispian Steele-Perkins at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Victor Ariat

Smooth sailing for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

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Long ones, short ones, fat ones, thin ones... every conceivable shape of trumpet (and some inconceivable ones) came alike to Crispian Steele-Perkins in the Portsmouth Festivities finale.

With pianist and arranger Leslie Pearson, Steele-Perkins was a veritable Doctor Who. He travelled in time from 1200 (playing the cornett after explaining that ‘they didn’t know how to spell in those days’) to Glenn Miller, Bernstein and Bacharach by way of Handel, Haydn, Mozart and more.

He switched at the drop of a semiquaver from one instrument to another, demonstrating how today’s trumpet evolved over the centuries - with the help of the humble hosepipe. Yet he also displayed priceless musicianship with a rich array of tone-colours.

My favourite section? A medley from West Side Story.