Festival Opening Recital
Sat 22 June 2024 12.15

We are delighted to welcome Jamie Prophet, former Principal Trumpet of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to open this year’s Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear such a distinguished musician here in Uppermill, playing a dazzling programme of celebrated works for Trumpet and Piano by Brandt, Enescu and Bozza, plus  arrangements of beautiful songs by  Rachmaninov. Book your tickets early and join us for tea, coffee and cake from 11am.

With Duncan Glenday piano.

At Uppermill Methodist Church OL3 6AX


Jamie Prophet is a highly regarded professional musician who was Principal Trumpet of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for 14 years, as well as performing with numerous world class orchestras and ensembles in venues around the world.

He has also adjudicated at many high-profile competitions, including the BBC Young Musician and the final of BBC Young Brass Soloist and in his early years played in Bodmin Band in Cornwall and with the likes of Foden's, Fairey and Black Dyke.

For this recital, Jamie will be partnered by Duncan Glenday, our Festival Director and versatile pianist with a thriving career encompassing recital performances, concerto solos, chamber music. A graduate of Royal Northern College of Music, Duncan has given over 300 concerts throughout the UK, playing at prestigious venues such as St. James Piccadilly in London, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. He has also performed with the Northern Chamber Orchestra at the Lowry in Salford Quays, and gave a solo recital at the Geneva International Academy and Festival.

As a soloist, Duncan has performed over 20 concertos, including classic works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninov, as well as those by Dohnanyi, Copland, and Henze with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors Nicholas Kok, En Shao, Clark Rundell and Benjamin Ellin. He also has a keen interest in modern music and has premiered the work of contemporary composers such as Ed Hughes, Camden Reeves, and Stephen Montague.

Duncan has a passion for chamber music and has performed at various Festivals across the UK, including Lake District Summer Music, Buxton, Ryedale, and the Isle of Wight. He frequently collaborates with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, a former BBC New Generation Artist, and violinist Sophie Rosa, with whom he is currently performing a series of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas.

Duncan is a professor of piano at the University of Manchester and has previously taught at prominent institutions such as Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Uppermill Summer Music Festival in Saddleworth.

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