Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join PLMS

15 Jan 2016

Internationally acclaimed trumpeter to team up with outstanding young trombonist in rare mentoring partnership.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom is to become part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme, as a mentor to the outstanding young trombonist Peter Moore. 

Philip Langridge CBE was a Trustee of both the RPS and YCAT and mentoring was something about which he was passionate, as a way that established soloists and ensembles could share their experience and help those starting out.

At the heart of PLMS is the development of a relationship between two musicians – not a teacher/pupil relationship, but one of colleagues. This is essentially something private and elusive and different musicians will respond in different ways. Without being prescriptive, PLMS aims to give space and encouragement to allow discussion of performance issues, exploration of repertoire and the exchange of ideas about interpretation.

Since the launch of the PLMS in 2010 leading soloists and directors including Stephen Isserlis, Imogen Cooper, Rolf Hind and Stephen Langridge have contributed to the scheme mentoring Philip Higham, Alexandra Dariescu, Richard Uttley and Helen Sherman respectively over a period of two years. Current PLMS artists include pianist Clare Hammond (mentored by Anne Queffélec), and mezzosoprano Anna Huntley (mentored by Angelika Kirschlager).

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the RPS comments:

"The demands on a young classical musician embarking on an international career are huge. They need space and encouragement to develop their own artistic voice. For Peter, ploughing a rather lone furrow as a solo trombonist, it will be invaluable to talk about ideas, concerns and challenges with Alison over the next two years."

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