Pip Eastop, Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

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Posts tagged “Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Iván Fischer

This photo was taken after our final rehearsal in New York when Iván Fischer arranged for his two orchestras to meet each other. Members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra who had been attending our rehearsal came up onto the stage to mingle, shake hands and pose with us for photographs taken from the back of the hall.


And here’s one of those photographs taken from the back of the hall. The OAE players all have instruments out, and all the others are members of the B.F.O.

Horn section all named in New York Times review

“And the ensemble’s three hornists — Phillip Eastop, Martin Lawrence and Gavin Edwards — played with an impressive unity and spot-on intonation.”

Read the whole review here:

Extreme Embouchure

I’ve been working recently with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. We played Mendelssohn’s, “The Elijah Monologues“, in Paris and Birmingham.

One of the regular hornplayers for O.A.E is my friend and colleague, Martin Lawrence. He is not only a marvellous hornplayer, in both the early and modern music scenes, but also held in high regard for his ongoing research into the highly specialised area of hornplaying known as Extreme Embouchure.

Not only has he developed many new and unique forms of his own, but he is also reintroducing some old nearly-extinct ones which he has discovered in old hornplaying manuals from the classical and romantic periods. Many old English ones have interesting names and descriptions so he has continued this tradition by naming many of his new ones.

Here is a list of just a few:

  • Winch’s Pouch
  • Mr. Cato’s Tuck
  • The Badger’s Postern
  • Sporck’s Pucker
  • King George’s Cramp
  • The Brave Explorer Encounters A Raging Bear Whereupon He Flees
  • Biting The Stoat
  • Mobius Lip
  • Captain Merrywether’s Cock
  • The Right Honourable Michael Portillo
  • The Gudgeon

Martin is working on his new study book which will be published next year: “Count von Sporck’s Almanac – Extreme Embouchure For The Gentleman Hornplayer“.

The photographs below (extracted from his book and used with kind permission) show Martin demonstrating some of these fascinating forms:

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