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Kim Moore

Michael Berkeley's guest is poet and trumpet player Kim Moore. With Handel, Britten and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Kim Moore won the prestigious Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize this year for her first poetry collection, "The Art of Falling", and is still only in her thirties. The judges described her prize-winning collection as "thrilling: language at its most irresistible and essential".
But however thrilling, poets need to make a living, and Kim Moore's day job has been as a trumpet teacher, in Cumbria where she lives. She's also conducted brass bands.

In Private Passions, Kim Moore explores her musical passion for brass, from Handel's Messiah through to Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, taking in the Grimethorpe Colliery Band on the way. She tells Michael Berkeley how she started writing, and about her sequence of poems exploring a dark and abusive relationship. She reflects too on the influence of her father's job as a scaffolder, and how a fear of falling and images of falling haunt her work. And there are some true confessions about what it's like to play the trumpet in a bandstand with one dog and the drunk who slept there the night before.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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36 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Jun 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Alexander Arutunyan

    Trumpet Concerto (1st mvt)

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrence Renes.
  • George Frideric Handel

    The Trumpet shall Sound (Messiah)

    Orchestra: The Sixteen Orchestra. Conductor: Harry Christophers. Singer: Christopher Purves.
  • Jean-Baptiste Arban

    Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice'

    Performer: Wynton Marsalis. Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble.
  • William Rimmer


    Performer: Wingates Temperance Band.
  • Benjamin Britten

    (Elegy) Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

    Performer: Jasper de Waal. Orchestra: Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Conductor: Candida Thompson. Singer: James Gilchrist.
  • JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo

    Adagio (Concierto de Aranjuez)

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Music Arranger: Kevin Bolton.
  • Dave McGerty

    You Can't Mean It

    Ensemble: Chapter 5.


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