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Martin Hurrell

Hitchin Band - Musical Director

Hitchin Band has appointed Mr Martin Hurrell, Assistant Principal Trumpet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as Musical Director.

This is not Martin's first time with the band having conducted us for a few months in 2005 when we helped us win a place at the National Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Unfortunately, Martin could not join us on a permanent basis then, but we are very pleased that he is now able to join us full time.

Band Secretary, David Milsom, said:

"All members of the band are immensely pleased to welcome Martin back and have him working with us again. We hope this will be a long and rewarding relationship for everyone."

Martin Hurrell: Biography

Martin Hurrell

Martin Hurrell comes from a musical family, first being taught by his father. He became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and entered the Royal Academy of Music at the age of fourteen where he studied trumpet with Ray Allen and conducting with Maurice Miles. Whilst at the Academy, he won all the major prizes for solo and ensemble playing, and in 1982 became a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

On leaving the Academy in 1983, he was immediately appointed Principal Cornet of the BBC Concert Orchestra where he made regular broadcasts as soloist. From 1987-1992, Martin pursued a freelance career, during which time he appeared as guest principal trumpet with every major symphony orchestra in the UK.

Since 1992, Martin has held a position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal trumpet and has enjoyed working with many of the worlds leading composers including Berio, Boulez, Knussen, Ades, Andriessen and John Adams. He has given recitals and master classes throughout the UK and several recital broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. As chamber musician, he has played with many ensembles most notably with the world renowned 'London Brass', and has been a guest at several festivals including St Nazaire, Tilburg and Orkney.

In 2001, he was one of the soloists at the 'Last Night of the Proms' in John Adam's 'Tromba Lontana' for two trumpets and orchestra. This concert was televised and broadcast all over the world, and the piece was later recorded for CD conducted by the composer himself.