Hitchin Band - Musical Director
Hitchin Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Hurrell, as Musical Director to take
them to the Regional Competition in March.
The competition is part of the National Championships of Great Britain. This years
London and Southern Counties Regional Competition is been held in Stevenage, making this Hitchin's local
competition and the "home" band.
Martin is Assistant Principal Trumpet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was asked to take
the band when their former Musical Director left due to other commitments.
Band Secretary, David Milsom, said:
"All members of the band are immensely pleased to have
Martin working with us in the run up to this important contest. Although he has only been with us a couple of weeks,
he has already proven to be of great benefit to us."
Unfortunately, Martin is only able to take the band until the area due to his ongoing orchestral commitments.
The band will be advertising for a permanent replacement in due course.
Martin Hurrell: Biography
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.