Directed by Elisa Citterio

Sound the Trumpet!

Wed Nov 21 at 7pm, Thu Nov 22, Fri Nov 23, Sat Nov 24 at 8pm, Sun Nov 25, 2018 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre Map BUY NOW SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE

Directed by Elisa Citterio
David Blackadder
, trumpet soloist

Celebrate the holiday season with this concert of gleaming instrumental gems.

Renowned British trumpeter David Blackadder makes his Tafelmusik debut in this festive musical journey through baroque Europe. Joyous Christmas concertos by Locatelli and Corrette are stops along the way, offering light and warmth on our dark winter nights.

Your travels culminate on a high note with Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious Brandenburg Concerto No 2, featuring Blackadder’s dazzling talents on full display as soloist. Grab your mulled wine and cozy wrap, and settle in for this instrumental highlight of the holiday season.

What's interesting about this concert?

  • This concert was conceived as a festive musical journey through baroque Europe, with stops in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and England (think Christmas markets and mulled wine).
  • Soloist David Blackadder is the principal trumpet for the Academy of Ancient Music in the United Kingdom - he recently performed at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!
  • Trumpet divas: during the baroque era, the finest trumpeters were just as celebrated as the top opera singers. It is an almost Olympian challenge for a baroque trumpeter to perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 five nights in a row.
  • This concert offers a welcome respite from pre-holiday hustle and bustle.

Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show featuring a panel discussion.

Wednesday ticket-holders: stay after the concert for a special Talkback.



  • Lully fils Concert donné au souper du Roi ♫
  • Locatelli Concerto grosso in F Minor, op. 1, no. 8 “Christmas Concerto”*
  • Telemann Concerto for 2 violas in G Major, TWV 52:G3 ♫
    (Brandon Chui & Patrick G. Jordan, soloists)
  • Fasch Concerto for trumpet in D Major ♫
    (David Blackadder, soloist)
  • Corrette Symphonie de Noëls no. 1 in D Minor ♫
  • Avison Concerto no. 5 in D Minor after Domenico Scarlatti ♫
  • J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 2*

* Recorded by Tafelmusik
♫ First performance by Tafelmusik

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Guest Artist Masterclass with David Blackadder: Sat Nov 24, 2018 from 2–4pm MORE INFO

 Concert run time: approximately 2 hours including a 20 intermission.