Gareth Small on Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto


Gareth Small, Principal Trumpet of the Hallé Orchestra, joins the Brighton Phil on Sunday 4 March at Brighton Dome to perform the show-stopping Trumpet Concerto by Armenian composer Alexander Arutunian, which was written in 1950. Looking forward to the concert Gareth writes:

“I’m delighted to be back in Brighton Dome to play the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. Don’t be put off if you haven’t heard of the composer. This magnificent piece is fizzing with interesting harmonies, timbres, melodies and textures, for orchestra and soloist which all come together to create this absolutely brilliant trumpet concerto. It is certainly one of my favourites as it highlights and accentuates the best parts of trumpet playing – range, stamina, technical prowess and tone. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do!”

The concert, under the baton of regular guest conductor Stephen Bell, also explores the opulent musical riches of the Russia of the Tsars – Glinka’s characteristically Russian sounding overture from A Life for the Tsar displays the heroic nobility suggested by the opera’s story of a young Russian peasant who saves the Tsar from a group of Polish kidnappers, whilst Mussorgsky’s demonic tone poem Night on a Bare Mountain depicts a witches’ Sabbath in music of quite terrifying power and energy (which was used in the penultimate scene of Walt Disney’s Fantasia).

Continuing the Russian theme the concert closes with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous symphonies – Symphony No.4. Intensely personal and expressive, it is a work of monumental scale and beauty that nevertheless has a delicacy and sensitivity that have made it one of the most popular of all symphonies.

Read what conductor Stephen Bell has to say ab out this exciting programme at:…ils-next-concert/


Tickets for the concert are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office, (01273) 709709 or online:

There are still some tickets available for the Pre-Concert Interview between Gareth Small and Louise Schweitzer which takes place at 1.45pm in Brighton Museum. Tickets are £3.75 and available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office, (01273) 709709 or online:


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