Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom

News July 31, 2014
Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom, one of the most highly regarded trumpeters and innovative classical musicians of a generation, will be performing at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on 3rd October 2014.

Balsom has spent the last decade performing in the world’s most prestigious venues and this year will see Alison releasing her most ambitious album yet, shortly ahead of taking this roundbreaking programme on tour around the UK.

The tour will include repertoire from Balsom’s much anticipated new album, Paris, which she has co-produced, scheduled for release on 8th September 2014 on Warner Classics and is set to include new interpretations of the beautiful songs Autumn Leaves and April in Paris.

Alison recently presented the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, the final for which was broadcast on BBC Four in May, and is a major advocate for music education and encouraging people of all ages to take up an instrument and to attend more concerts. As she recently said in an interview with the Radio Times, “music education is about so much more than turning out professional musicians”.

Gramophone Artist of the Year 2013, winner of the Nordoff Robbins PPL Classical Award 2013, three Classical BRITs including Female Artist of the Year in 2009 & 2011, Alison was also the first ever-classical female artist to headline Latitude Festival last summer.

Her production of Gabriel with The English Concert at Shakespeare’s Globe last summer left theatre critics smitten, and this major UK tour is the next adventure for Alison in bringing the voice of the trumpet to an ever-wider audience.

Of her forthcoming tour Alison says ” To be going out on the road, presenting a show which goes from Bach to Gershwin is an absolute thrill. Over the past few weeks, I have been working with Guy Barker on the new album fusing the worlds of classical and jazz which has been an extraordinary creative process. Some of the songs such as Autumn Leaves and April in Paris have really taken me to a new place and so I cannot wait to take some of the songs from the album on tour”.

UK Concert Dates

September 30 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
October 1 – Sage Gateshead
October 2 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
October 3 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
October 5 – Cardiff St Davids Hall
October 6 – Bristol Colston Hall
October 7 – Leeds Town Hall
October 8 –Ipswich Regent Theatre
October 9 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
October 13 – London Royal Albert Hall
October 14 – Birmingham Town Hall