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'.
Students could use this clip as a springboard for a class discussion on how to give constructive comment on their own work and that of others, including professionals. The class can also learn to identify the sound of brass music from its features. Is there more to the trumpet than students thought?