How to Create an Electronic Press Kit for Musicians




Whether you’re an original act emailing promoters to book shows, or a function band wanting to get onto the books of a new entertainment agent, the advice is clear – If you want to get more gigs, get a good EPK.

What license do I need for my music?

Once your EPK is ready to send, check out this advice on approaching venues and promoters.

What is an EPK?

If you have never had one before, an Electronic Press Kit (or EPK, for short) is a document that should showcase what your band is all about. It should have clear links to your music, website and social media, acting as a central point for you to introduce your band and what you’re about.

The most important thing to think about when creating an EPK is how it is going to be viewed from the other side of the fence. Put yourself in the position of a promoter, potential manager or agent… what information would you want to see?

What to include in an electronic press kit for musicians:

Links to your audio

Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify – Wherever your music is, make sure it is listed in your EPK. Promoters and agents (before anything else!) are going to want to hear what you sound like. If you’re an original act, you should prioritise your latest single, or whatever you are trying to book shows to promote. It’s worth remembering that some acts actually offer a free download as part of their press kit. 




  Make sure to include clear links to your music on YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud or anywhere else

High-res Photography

Professional pictures of your band are essential for any EPK. Promoters will use the images for posters and on any entertainment agent’s roster.

When coming up with a concept for a photo-shoot, try and think of something distinctive. While there are certain “Classic” themes that will always work (shots of rock bands looking moody up against a graffiti wall is a good example), far better to try and come up with an original concept. Hiring a professional photographer will really help with this.

It’s also a good idea to include a PNG image of your band logo that promoters and venues can use on promotional materials for an event.

Website & Social Media

Your website should offer additional, in-depth information that clients or potential managers can read, so make sure it is listed in your EPK. Any and all social media links should also be included and remember to keep them updated regularly. Promoters and agents love to use social media to keep a track of how hard-working, busy and popular bands are.

While having a lot of Facebook likes or Twitter followers may look impressive, the most important thing to have on social media is an audience that engages with what you post and is likely to turn up to your shows. For this reason, resist the temptation to buy “Fake” likes. No promoter is going to be happy if they book a band with 122,000 Facebook likes when they can’t even get 10 people to their hometown show on a Saturday night!




A big following and great engagement on social media can boost your chances of a booking. 

Biography

Your biography should act as the main text block for your EPK. List your band’s achievements and recent shows at notable venues. Talk about bands you’ve supported and any endorsements you have, while giving some general background on the band and it’s members.

It’s always a good idea to start a biography with a recent press quote, if you have one. General advice always says that you should have both a large and short biography prepared – Your EPK should contain your long version.

This is a very important bit of reading for anyone who wants to know about your band, so make sure to check spelling and grammar and get it proof-read to make sure it looks and sounds professional.

Press Quotes & Testimonials

If you have any favourable reviews to hand, make sure to include a select quote from each one (linking to the source). Any testimonials from other figures in the industry are also a good thing to include. If you are a function band, it is also really important to have some quotes from previous clients. Anything along the lines of the (example) quotes below:

“Putting on a raucous show from start to finish, this band are
definitely ones to watch for 2017”
The Local Gazette

“I really want to thank the band for putting on an amazing show at our wedding, people
have been talking to us about them ever since!”
Tom Groom, 2016




 Positive press quotes can catch the eye of a promoter, but always back them up with links.

Videos

A great way for original acts and function bands to get more shows is to have some high-quality video footage.

For function bands, this consists of a promotional video. Some shots of you performing live, with some overlaid information about your band is typically the traditional way to go, but the more original, the better. Any potential entertainment agent will want to see an eye-catching promo video.

For original acts, while storyboarded music videos can look fantastic, when it comes to your EPK, a live video of you performing will be of much more use to any promoter or potential manager.

Links to YouTube videos are absolutely fine.

Contact Details

While it is important to include up-to-date contact details for all band members, agents & managers, make sure to specify at least two which are to be treated as the preferred point of contact.

 Once you’ve completed your EPK, you have to make it available. Try creating a Dropbox link that you can send, or have a function to make it downloadable from your website. 

 Do you have any questions about creating your band’s EPK? Or some more advice on putting together a press pack for your fellow musicians? Let us know in the comments and make sure to share these tips!

 This is a guest blog by Jon Fellowes of Last Minute Musicians

LastMinuteMusicians.com is the UK’s leading live entertainment portal. More than just a directory – it’s the most convenient way to match clients with the entertainment they love.

Visitors can browse profiles, read reviews, listen to audio, watch videos and choose from a rapidly growing selection of the best musicians, bands, entertainers and related companies.

For musicians, signing up to Lastminutemusicians.com is an easy way to secure bookings, without having to worry about paying commission.

 



A guide to UK busking laws




Busking is a fantastic way for up and coming musicians to reach new fans, earn some extra cash and build up their experience and confidence performing in front of a live audience.

 

UK busking law

However, there’s often confusion about the laws around busking. To help independent musicians and potential buskers understand to rules and regulations of street performing, we thought we’d share some basic advice on busking laws in the UK.

Is busking illegal?

It is NOT illegal to busk in the UK, as long as the performer is aged 14 years or older. However, some local councils may have byelaws that prohibit street performers.

Can I busk anywhere?

Different regions have different rules for buskers. You may need to apply for a busking licence in certain areas, for example, on private land including tube, bus and railway stations.

The quickest way to find out whether or not you’ll need a busking licence in your area is to visit the UK government’s official busking licence page and enter your postcode. Here you’ll be able to find out if you need a licence based on your region.

How do I get a busking licence?

You’ll most likely need to contact your local council in order to obtain a busking licence for your area. You might be able to apply for one through the council’s website and there may also be a fee to submit your application. Remember, you’ll usually need to make sure your licence is visible while you’re performing.

Can buskers collect money or sell merchandise legally?

As long as you hold a valid buskers licence for your area, you can accept voluntary donations from the public. However if you are collecting money for a charity, you will also need to get a street collection licence.

Due to street trading laws, buskers cannot sell their merchandise on the street without obtaining permission first and applying for a street trading licence. But if you’re feeling generous, it is perfectly legal to give away your CDs and other merch for free!

Good luck and most importantly, have fun busking!




10 Essential Social Media Tips For Musicians and Bands




As musicians and artists, we all want the maximum exposure for our work, and we know social media is the #1 (free) way of getting our creations in front of people. Unfortunately, us musos are also on a budget and need to be very shrewd about how we manage our finances. There are plenty of essential costs involved with being a musician, such as recording, touring, and making sure you have your music available on all the right platforms. The following social media tips will help you to grow your online presence without having to shell out any of the band’s kitty.

 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 Want to get a blue tick on your Twitter profile? Here’s how to get verified on Twitter.

 

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1. Invite ‘likers’ of your Facebook posts to like your artist page

This isn’t a widely known function on Facebook (though it is a very valuable one!). It enables you not only to grow your followers, but also make sure that the people that you do invite have already shown an interest in you; meaning it is much less of a ‘cold-calling’ approach.

Acting as your artist page, simply go to a previous (well-performing) post, click on the ‘likes’ and you will be shown a list of all those who people who interacted with the post. If some on the list do not already like your page you can then simply click on ‘invite’. If you weren’t aware of this function before it might be worth spending a bit of time going through all your old posts!

 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 

 

2. Use Twitter lists

Not only are Twitter lists a sensible way of keeping your chaotic life as a musician, manager and PR person a little bit more in order, but they also help you quickly locate the people you want to reach AND help you start and nurture relationships.




If you haven’t explored lists already, the initial process takes a few hours. But it is totally worth it. Go through all the people you follow on Twitter and start adding them to custom lists. They could be producers, labels, music blogs, PR companies etc. It really is empowering to be able to tailor your Twitter feeds depending on what you are looking for at that time.

But the best thing? When you add someone to a list they receive a notification. This is your chance to give them a bit of love and make them aware of you! So when curating your lists you can name them things like ‘Producers I’d love to work with’, ‘Great taste blogger’, ‘Sick bands’ etc. This will definitely encourage who you add to take a look at your page, which is why the next couple of tips are so important…

 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 

 

3. Don’t waste valuable space on your social media profiles 

This applies to all the artist pages you have (and for even better exposure why not your personal ones?). We’re talking about header images. This is one of the first things people see when they discover your profile, so make it count. Not only should it look nice (and I’m sure it does..) but this is free advertising space!

If you have a tour coming up you should have a well-designed header image with your dates on, or if you have a new release; you should be pushing it here. And don’t forget to have your artist’s website / landing page or a ‘Call To Action’ on there too. Changing your header image regularly is also a good way of getting some engagement from your followers. As everybody has a social media profile of their own, they know that changing your header and then it showing up in their feed is not necessarily “your fault” (ie. you are not intentionally advertising), so they are more likely to throw you a like (try it!).

 

 

 4. Make use of your pinned posts

This tip is in keeping with the above, and it is amazing how few people actually pin a baller post to their page. If you’re anything like most people on social media, then you probably post a lot of stuff; some good, some bad, some that has high engagement, some that has none. That is only natural.

But when an A&R person, or prospective future fan visits your page (maybe they got notified because you added them to a list?..) what do you really want them to see? Choose the post that best represents you as an artist and pin that to the top of your page. I would suggest this should be an embedded music video with a link to your landing page, and not that picture of you wasted you just posted at 4am that got no likes because everyone else was in bed.




 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 

 

5. Write blog posts

This isn’t as difficult as it sounds, or as it used to be. You don’t need to be a master of WordPress. Use an online program such as medium.com to quickly and easily knock up a blog post. It doesn’t have to be long; it could be just a collection of photos and a bit of text documenting your time in the studio, or about the gig you played last night. Not only does it look good on your profiles but it gives you more opportunities to extend your network and reach by including others in your articles.

Did you play on a killer line-up at the weekend? Write about the show, include some pictures, give the other bands, the sound guy, the photographer, the venue and fans a shout out by linking out to their pages too. Send the post to whoever features in it and you might just find they share the blog post too, which, if you’ve been clever, will also heavily feature plenty of content about yourself such as an embedded video, tour dates, or a link to your landing page. Not only is medium.com a great platform in itself for networking and sourcing interesting stories, you also of course have some great content for your own social channels too!

 

 

6. Google Alerts

Google alerts are so easy, so valuable and so underused! Set up a dedicated Gmail account (don’t use the one you may already have, as you will be getting a lot of daily alerts!). This can be used for two very important functions for you as an artist:

* You can set alerts for your band or artist name and the names of your singles, EPs or albums, which means whenever you’re mentioned anywhere on the web you will be notified. For instance, this could be a blog from the other side of the world you’ve never heard of picking up your latest release (always good to know!). Getting these alerts not only provides you with something cool to post (and tag the writers in), but makes you feel pretty good too!

* You can set alerts for interesting 3rd party content you think would entertain YOUR audience, so your feed isn’t just all “me, me, me”. This could be news about bands that you and your fans love, articles about your political persuasion, ‘funny’ posts (dank memes are still the most engaging content out there, I’m afraid…) or just general interest stories. If your audience trusts you as an authority of cool content distribution they are much more likely to engage with your own self-serving posts.




 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 

 

7. Use inbound advertising

Sounds technical? Not at all. Basically, inbound advertising just means driving people that visit you at a certain touchpoint (in this case your social media posts) back to your landing page. As mentioned above there are opportunities to do this (by posting your own blog content and providing plenty of opportunities to send the reader to your website) but I also wanted to touch on a great free online tool called snip.ly.

Using this you can take 3rd party links (remember how you set up Google Alerts to get them?) and embed your own ‘floating ad’ that links the reader back to your landing page of choice. You can add a custom tagline and a Call To Action button. So if you were, for example, posting an article about Green Day, you could create a banner that says “Like Pop-Punk music? Check out this new band” that links to your site. Another bonus is that you are provided with all the statistics about how your posts perform, so you can see exactly what content is getting you the most engagement and fans.

 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 

 

8. Landing Page

This is a phrase I have already used a lot in this article and you may be thinking “what does he mean, landing page?”. Basically, this is the page you want your audience to land on. This would, ideally, be a page on your website where your audience can hear (and purchase!) your music. Make sure all your social posts have a link to this one page.

This would, ideally, be a page on your website where your audience can hear (and purchase!) your music. Make sure all your social posts have a link to this one page. On this page you can also have links to connect to your social profiles! (like on Facebook, follower on Twitter etc.) You can also embed your streaming profiles and live Twitter and Facebook feeds on your landing page.

 

 

9. Check out the #TrendingHashtags of the day

You don’t have to do this religiously, and should probably avoid specifically tailoring your content to suit the trending topics. But before you post, take a look at the trending hashtags. If your content is somehow related to one of the hot trends of the day (or can easily be adapted to include the hashtag) give it a whirl!

This can put you in front of a whole new audience. If you can create something original and clever that stands out from the crowd you will see a lot more re-tweets, which creates a snowball effect and makes you more visible to a LOT of people who never previously knew you existed.




 

Social media tips for musicians and bands

 

 

10. Don’t cannibalise your Facebook posts

This means; don’t make your posts compete with each other, or allow them to affect each other negatively. If you’ve made a great post that has your audience really engaged, make sure you follow up with something well thought out to capitalise on your recent victory.

The way Facebook’s algorithms work means that if people are actively engaging with you, your posts become more visible in your fans’ newsfeeds (yes, you get ‘rewarded’ for your content’s performance!). On the flipside, if you are posting regularly and not getting any likes or shares, you will be a lot less visible full stop.

With this in mind try to be aware that the content of your Facebook posts really does matter, and if you can, try to make them as valuable to your fans as possible and don’t just throw out whatever. I like to think of it like getting a strike in bowling, and then throwing a gutter ball on your next go – it’s almost like the strike counted for nothing and now you’ve got to get another strike.

An extra tip to increase engagement on your posts – TAG TAG TAG! Tag all the people who are involved in your pics or videos and any companies or establishments (venues etc.). This will increase the reach of your posts by appearing on the newsfeeds of the friends of those you have tagged.

 

 

Lee Jones is a social media specialist, freelance blogger on music and tech-related subjects, a music producer and the Creative Director of his own start-up: TAD: An iOS cover-art app for DIY musicians.



Equal Opportunities for Women in the Arts and Music





Women in Music, was born in 1978 as a movement promoting and presenting music composed and created by women worldwide, of all genres and in all times. “Equal Opportunities for Women in the Arts and Music” is at the heart of the mission and advocacy undertaken by the Adkins Chiti: Women in Music Foundation, an Italian cultural organisation, partner within cultural agreements undersigned by the Italian Foreign Ministry, member of UNESCO’s International Music Council and the European Music Council, internationally recognised for its activities to obtain recognition and visibility for women in the cultural sector.   The Foundation collaborates with the EUC for research projects. Its work has the patronage of UNESCO and the Arab Academy (network of cultural organisations within the Arab League).

How many women composers and creators of music are included in textbooks and encyclopaedias?  Far too few.  Those present are there because other women – musicians, scholars and historians – have wanted to celebrate their contributions.  If music is not performed, it is not perceived to exist; women’s music is a tangible and intangible part of world heritage.  Making it known is the mission of Women in Music.

The Foundation has a network in 111 countries made up of “Women in Music Organisations”, individual composers, researchers, musicologists, performers and teachers. This network also includes 77 affiliated organisations in 44 countries (associations, conservatories, academies, universities) working on behalf of Women in Music.  In December 2003, with a Decree from the State Archives and Heritage Ministry, the Library and Archives of the Foundation containing over 35 thousand scores of music by women were officially declared to be “historically relevant for the State” and “essential for the study of women’s history”.

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Rag ‘n’ Bone Man set to claim number one with debut album




Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s first album, Human, looks set to claim the number one spot just days after its release.

The Sussex-born singer-songwriter and Brits Critics’ Choice winner’s debut collection has already sold more than 70,000 copies since it hit the shelves on Friday.

A top spot this week would mark a special victory for the singer, real name Rory Graham, whose single of the same name peaked at number two last year.




Rag 'n' Bone Man.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man (Matt Crossick/PA)

Another newcomer, Rip It Up by Thunder, is seeing success as it heads for second place, followed by Little Fictions by Elbow in third, One Foot Out by Nines in fourth and the La La Land film soundtrack in fifth.

Meanwhile, it looks like Ed Sheeran’s reign over the singles chart is facing competition.

While his recent track Shape Of You remains on top, it looks like Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s signature Human could be climbing back to its number two spot, bumping Sheeran’s Castle On The Hill into third.




Ed's tracks had dominated the top two spots.
Ed’s tracks had dominated the top two spots (Matt Sayles/AP/PA)

You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones ft Raye is currently standing in fourth place, followed by Zayn and Taylor Swift’s duet I Don’t Wanna Live Forever for the film Fifty Shades Darker, released last week.

The final results will be revealed on Friday by the Official Charts Company.




John Petrucci On Benefits of Learning Guitar in Digital Age





Gone are the days of old in which guitar players would try to meticulously emulate their favourite artists via a temperamental cassette and an unwavering sense of enthusiasm. Since the dawn of the digital age, players have been more exposed to more avenues of information than ever before, enabling them to access vast expanses of data at the click of a button.

Back before the age of the internet, techniques were often a speculative ordeal; partially due to the players inability to visually decipher quite often physically complex methods employed by up and coming virtuoso’s such as Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani.

In a recent interview with Cosmo music, John Petrucci spoke out about his plight as a young musician and the difficulties he experienced trying to imitate the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen.

” I remember just trying to learn all of those riffs. Slowing it down, putting the record on, putting it on the slower speed so it was like an octave lower. No tab back then! My friend had a cassette player that had a variable speed thing and I literally sat there and learned everyone one of those riffs-just practice them over and over and over and over. I did that with Di Meola and Allan Holdsworth.





Because you can’t see the person play, it wasn’t like Youtube. When you’re young and you’re listening to this, you don’t even know what you’re listening to. Let’s say you have delay on and you hear these kind of ghost notes and you’re like, ‘How do you play that?!'”

Further expanding upon how a new generation of guitarists are rightfully exploiting the benefits of the digital era, Petrucci stated:





” And now kids are getting really, really good at a really young age because they can see how all of this is done. Just look it up, ‘Oh that’s how you’re doing it.’ But back then, you just literally did not know what the technique was and you had to discover it. There was lot of listening over and over and over. ”

Photo credit to Claudio Poblete

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WIN a Peavey 6505 Piranha Micro Head & 1×8 Cabinet!





The Peavey 6505 Piranha Micro Head offers classic tones and compact design. The Piranha features a single tube to keep it lightweight and portable, whilst still producing high quality sounds. Designed to fit the Piranha 1×8 cabinet, the 6505 is compact enough for bedroom use whilst still being powerful enough for band rehearsals. The easy to use controls offer access to a diverse range of classic Peavey tones. The useful headphone jack is ideal for late night practice. For student musicians wanting a high gain amp head to develop with, the 6505 Piranha is an ideal choice.





The Peavey 6505 Piranha 1 x 8 Cabinet is the perfect addition to any rig. Its sturdy construction provides the optimum protection from the daily rigours of gigging, with its reinforced corners, metal grille, and rubber non-slip feet. Equipped with an 8 inch speaker, the 6505 Piranha offers 25 watts of output, giving you the ideal accessory for rehearsals, small gigs and studio use.

You can enter this competition by visiting our respective Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages and following the entry requirements, as stated on each social network. You can also email competition@gear4music.com with ‘Peavey 6505 Piranha Micro Head & 1×8 Cabinet’ as the email subject.

This competition closes at 12pm on the 27/02/2017 good luck!

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Win a copy of Rip It Up – The New Album from Thunder





Thunder are back with their brand new album – Rip It Up and you could win yourself a copy right here! The album, released on 10th February features title track Rip It Up, Shakedown and nine other incredible tracks of hard rock.

Two years after the release of the Top 10 charting 2015 album, Wonder Days, the 11th album from Thunder does not disappoint. Recorded in 2016, the band continue to push itself and aim higher, meaning that this album is a must-listen for 2017.

Frontman and Planet Rock presenter, Danny Bowes, says: “After the positive reaction to Wonder Days we were very happy, and it justified the approach we took in the writing and recording. We decided to push it further on all fronts this time, to see what happened – and I think it shows in the writing and the individual performances. We couldn’t have made this album 10 or even 5 years ago as we weren’t good enough. We’re really looking forward to playing the new tunes live alongside the more established ones.”



The album is available for purchase now, and you can also check out the Deluxe 3CD edition which includes the band’s entire live set from the 100 Club.

Track Listing

  1. No One Gets Out Alive
  2. Rip It Up
  3. She Likes Cocaine
  4. Right From The Start
  5. Shakedown
  6. Heartbreak Hurricane
  7. In Another Life
  8. The Chosen One
  9. The Enemy Inside
  10. Tumbling Down
  11. There’s Always A Loser

Thunder are also heading on tour this March, where they will be ripping the stage up right across the UK. The tour is visiting the below venues, with tickets still available at selected venues:

  • 17 March 2017 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
  • 17 March 2017 – City Hall, Sheffield
  • 19 March 2017 – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle
  • 21 March 2017 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • 22 March 2017 – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
  • 24 March 2017 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 25 March 2017 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
  • 26 March 2017 – Ipswich Regent, Ipswich
  • 28 March 2017 – Eventim Apollo, London
  • 30 March 2017 – Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 31 March 2017 – Mandela Hall, Belfast

Buy your tickets here.

For your chance to win 1 of 10 copies of Rip It Up just click here



Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah has been arranged into the most spine-tingling chamber piece




This might be the most passionate classical cover of the iconic song we’ve heard.

Among the many losses from the world of entertainment during 2016, in November we lost the inspiring singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

In tribute, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has released a stunning recording of Cohen’s world-renowned track ‘Hallelujah’. The piece was performed at last night’s Bafta Awards in memory of the many talented people we lost last year.

In the music video below, the talented 17-year-old cellist performs the arrangement by film composer Tom Hodge alongside a chamber group in the famous Abbey Road Studios.



And if you want to listen to this recording again, you can download Sheku’s debut EP release here.




Are these the ten best brass players ever?




Some of the greatest ever trumpeters, trombonists, horn and tuba players make up our top 10. Do you agree?

“What makes a great brass player?” asks Catherine Bott on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music

Catherine has selected these ten metal maestros – each of them has created his or her own unique sound. Do you agree with her choices?

1
Christian Lindberg (born 1958) – trombonist
Lindberg has premiered more than 300 works for the trombone and recorded some 70 solo CDs. He was voted brass player of the 20th century alongside jazz giants Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong.




2
Pip Eastop (born 1958) – horn player




Eastop has been a professor of horn at the Royal Academy of Music since 1993 and at the Royal College of Music since 1995. He has held principal horn positions with major orchestras and is a master of the ‘natural horn’, which has no valves and requires superhuman lip control.
3
Wynton Marsalis (born 1961) – trumpeter




A huge champion of promoting classical music and jazz, often to young audiences. Marsalis has won nine Grammys in both genres, and his Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
4
Joseph Alessi (born 1959) – trombonist




Alessi is the current Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a fine soloist, noted for his particularly rich sound quality and virtuosic technical control.
5
Dennis Brain (1921-1957) – horn player
Brain singlehandedly popularised the horn as a solo instrument after the Second World War. With Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he produced arguably the definitive recordings of Mozart’s horn concertos. Brain was killed when he crashed his car at the age of 36.
6
Maurice André (1933-2012) – trumpeter
One of the greatest ever trumpeters, André made more than 300 recordings and rose to prominence with his renditions of Baroque works on piccolo trumpet. These strongly contributed to the burgeoning interest in Baroque music in the 1960s.
7
Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825-1889) – legendary cornet player
Arban was the world’s first famous cornet virtuoso. Inspired by Paganini’s violin playing, Arban pushed the cornet to similarly dazzling peaks. His ‘Trumpeter’s Bible’ is still studied by modern brass players.




8
Oystein Baadsvik (born 1966) – tuba player
The Norwegian tuba maestro is acclaimed for his masterclasses, performances, and ‘tuba clinics’ around the world – as well as the cult-like following of his performances on YouTube.
9
Alison Balsom (born 1978) – trumpeter




A 1998 Young Musician of the Year finalist, Balsom has since built an international reputation as one of the great trumpet players, winning Artist of the Year at the 2013 Gramophone Awards and three Classical BRITs.
10
Tine Thing Helseth (born 1987) – trumpeter
Tine Thing Helseth started to play the trumpet aged 7 and is one of today’s leading trumpeters. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards – the first classical artist ever to be nominated – and is the founder of the three day Tine@Munch festival in Oslo.