Simon Munday : trumpet

Simon began his musical career in the Salvation Army. He was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied modern and baroque trumpet with David Mason, Andrew Crowley, Malcolm Smith and Mark Bennett.

Simon now plays both the modern and baroque trumpets for the Philharmonia, Royal Opera House, Halle, BBC Phillharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israeli Camerata, Manchester Camerata, English Chamber Orchestra, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists, the English Concert, Dunedin Consort, St. James’ Baroque, and Les Talens Lyriques.  He has performed as principal trumpet and soloist with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissant, The New London Consort, Gabrieli Consort and Ex Cathedra.

Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto has featured heavily throughout Simon’s career performing this work many times both on modern and baroque trumpet, most notably, a live Radio 3 broadcast from Brixton prison as part of their ‘Bach at Christmas project’. He has also performed the Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Michael Haydn concertos and has given over 150 performancesof the Telemann Concerto in D, a work which he has also recorded.

As well as his work with Alberti Brass, Simon’s chamber music has extended to working with ensembles such as London Brass and Halle Brass.

Simon regularly performs in the West End and has also appeared on the big screen in Bright Young Things, De Lovely, The Duchess and Young Victoria, as well as on TV in Top of the Pops, Songs of Praise and Ant and Dec’s ‘Push the Button’.  He has particularly enjoyed a recent Eurpoean tour with Peter Gabriel and has performed on the recordings of Peter’s latest albums, only adding to Simon’s diverse and rounded career.

Photo: Benjamin Harte


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