Mark O'Keefe, principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra talks about his interests in playing a diverse range of music outside his work with the orchestra. He describes the importance of working in new areas, experimenting with music and what these experiences bring to his ‘day job’ with the BBC SSO. He also talks about his role as a teacher and the satisfaction that gives him. This clip features a solo performance of the traditional Irish piece, 'My Lagan Love'.
The class could listen to two piece of solo trumpet music, perhaps played by amateur musicians, and each write down their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the performance. In pairs, students could also take it in turns to play their instrument and their partner gives feedback on what worked, what did not, and how they could improve. A class discussion could then compare notes.