Music was the most interesting and captivating tool used to stimulate people’s feelings and patriotism, led masses to achieve sometimes the hopeless actions, like in revolutions, wars, but also to celebrate freedom and sovereignty and to proudly sing national anthems reflecting on the glorious past.
This musical event is from contemporary time, but it reflects on the foundation of the world’s first parliamentary and constitutional democracies, British and USA, and songs, which prompted people to look outward in the direction of their disadvantaged fellow men. Music is a powerful tool, which influence people to live righteously, fight for their belief and make changes in society for the better future.
Internationally renowned trio, Sophia Grech mezzo, Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet and Leslie Pearson pianist, perform variety of popular classical songs and music, from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Gershwin and Bernstein to Purcell and Trade Winds. This is our way to celebrate democracy and to recognise the benefits which today majority of world’s population enjoy as de facto people’s rule.
Crispian Steele-Perkins is described by Virtuoso magazine as ‘the world’s leading exponent of the Baroque Trumpet’. He performed with some of the world’s greatest singers such as Kiri te Kanawa, Emma Kirkby, John Tomlinson and Bryn Terfel, he has also recorded with popular artists including Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Lulu, Cliff Richard, Bob Geldof and Harry Secombe. He has performed on numerous TV scores, films such as Jaws, Gandhi, Star Wars – Episode IV, Batman, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers and six films from the James Bond series.
Sophia Grech, renowned mezzo-soprano, is described by Decca Records as ‘an excellent artist with a lovely overall colour to her voice and a strong projection throughout a considerable range’. Sophia graduated from the London Royal College of Music and has enjoyed a busy international career over the last 20 years. Sophia was regularly coached by Maria Callas coach and pianist Robert Southland. She has received a number of prizes, awards and recordings and was awarded a medal from the Spanish Government for her contribution to Spanish song. Sophia has given hundreds of recitals in leading concert halls and prestigious festivals across the UK and Europe, Canada and USA and performed and worked with exceptional artists including chart-topping guitarist Milos Karadaglic, legendary baroque trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins, including Judy Dench and Charles Dance.
Leslie Pearson is one of Britain’s most versatile and distinguished player on piano/keyboard, organ or harpsichord and appears regularly with the London Orchestras and has made guest appearances on record and in concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestras. he can be heard on the sound-tracks of many film and TV
scores; Dr. Who (for 14 years), Jewel in the Crown, Blake’s Seven, Poirot, Lovejoy, Middlemarch, Sherlock Holmes and the films Star Wars, Superman, The Alien,
Chariots of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral (as solo organist) Pink Panther,
Tomorrow Never Dies, The Avengers and many more. Leslie Pearson has always been associated with Brass players particularly trumpeters. Over the years has accompanied, either on organ or piano, Philip Jones, David Mason, John Wilbraham, Michael Laird, John Wallace,
John Miller, Graham Ashton, and for the last twenty five years Crispian Steele-Perkins in recitals in the UK and abroad.