2015 Julius Isserlis Scholar
Awarded: a grant of £5,000 towards studies with Tine Thing Helseth in Norway
Surrey-born Imogen began playing the trumpet aged 7, following an early fascination with the instrument. From the age of 14, she held the position of 1st trumpet in the Thames Youth Orchestra and in 2011 the orchestra commissioned composer Stephen Dodgson to write a concerto for her. She performed the world premiere in Croatia.
Imogen has recently gained a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music. Having accepted a full scholarship place in 2011, she studied with Mark David, Gareth Small, Paul Beniston, and Robert Farley. Imogen also participated in masterclasses with leading soloists Håkan Hardenberger, Reinhold Friedrich and Eric Aubier and attended a trumpet course run by Friedrich and Aubier in Beauvais, France, in July 2014.
Whilst at the Academy, Imogen was the winner of the Academy’s ‘Drummond Sharp Brass Prize’ for contemporary music, recipient of the Larry Adler and Leslie Regan Awards for general achievement and a recipient of awards from the Christopher Horn Trust (2012) and the Wolfson Trust (2014).
Imogen’s recent highlights have been a tour to Germany with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a side-by-side scheme with the London Sinfonietta, culminating in a performance of Stockhausen's Gruppen at the Royal Festival Hall, and the London premiere of the Dodgson Trumpet Concerto. In November 2014, Imogen was the only UK participant in the ‘Citta di Porcia’ International Trumpet Competition in Italy and, in February 2015, she competed as a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition.
In its 60th Anniversary Season, Imogen has been selected as a Park Lane Group artist and will perform recitals in St John’s Smith Square in 2016 with her duo partner, Jennifer Hughes. Other future engagements include playing as Principal Trumpet in the St Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall and a trumpet and organ recital at Portsmouth Cathedral.
Alongside a variety of solo and chamber performances, Imogen enjoys teaching and is looking forward to continuing her own studies abroad in the coming year.
Cathy Graham, Director of Music, British Council: That classical music has a vibrant future is very important to me. Supporting the RPS allows me to play a small part in ensuring this.
DID YOU KNOW?
Before there were traffic lights: coachmen delivering audience members to Philharmonic Society concerts at the Harmonic Institution were asked to ‘set down and take up with their horses’ heads facing Piccadilly’.