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Christopher Baxter Piano

Tom Poulson Trumpet

Saturday 27th April 2013



Bach after VivaldiConcerto in D major​
Mozart​​Queen of the Night's Revenge Aria
Friedman​​Fanfare from Solus
Sutermeister​​Gavotte de Concert
Geddes​​The Reform of Rank Bajin
Trad.​​Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child

​Silver Threads amongst the Gold


Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholar Tom Poulsongraduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010 with a PGDip (Distinction) and BMus Honours (1st Class). He has already clocked up some notable performances, including Haydn's Trumpet concerto with the RSNO, Jolivet's Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra whilst studying at the RCS. Tom has also won the RCS's Concerto competition and Governor's recital prize in brass while also being a recommended artist for Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green award and a runner up at the Bromsgrove International Young Musician’s Platform. He enjoys playing music spanning from baroque to contemporary, including the premiere of Oliver Searle's Sequenza XI which received a five-star review from the Herald Scotland: "Tom Poulson's performance was staggering".

Originally from Aberdeen, Christopher Baxter began his studies there with Robert Howieat the Aberdeen City Music School and continued them at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), completing his BMus (with 1stClass Honours) and MMus (Distinction).There he was tutored by Aaron Shorr, Graeme McNaught and Fali Pavri, as well as receiving regular coaching from the renowned pianist, Nigel Clayton.In addition to success in almost every competition, and regular concert appearances within the RSAMD, Christopher participated in masterclasses with Roy Howat, Murray McLachlan, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Martin Katz.

As well as frequent appearances as soloist, Christopher is in constant demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, and recent performances include recitals throughout the UK, performances at the Latour and Uzerche Festivals in France, the Alba Festival of Music in Italy, a tour of the Faroe Islands with trumpet player, Johan Hentze and a solo recital at the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man.Forthcoming performances include recitals for the Edinburgh International Festival,a UK tour with the newly formed Brass Diversions, and recitals in South Korea and Singapore.

Christopher has many long standing chamber music partnerships - flautist Jo Ashcroft, violinist Alan John, violist Emma Stevenson, cellist Duncan Strachan, trumpeter Tom Poulson, soprano Natalie Montakhab, mezzo soprano Louise Collett and tenor Stephen Chambers.As a keen advocate of contemporary music, Christopher has been involved the premiere performances of more than 30 works.
Since 2004, Christopher has been a staff accompanist for the Flutewise organisation and, in 2006, he became a founder member of the trio Tenacious T'weed, with soprano Alexa Mason and clarinettist Gemma Carlin. As an official accompanist for the RSAMD's International Double Bass Competition in 2008, and the Watson Forbes International Viola Competition in St Andrews in 2009, and between 2009 and 2010 , Christopher held the position of Accompaniment Fellow at the RSAMD.He has recently taken up a post as piano teacher and accompanist at Kilgraston School in Perthshire, and is a pianist on the Live Music Now! scheme.From 2012, Christopher is the first Associate Accompanist of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and the resident Concert Pianist at Loretto School in Musselburgh