Trunch Concerts 2014 – Music in an historic Norfolk Church

SATURDAY,  14th April 2014 at  7.30 pm

‘Hail the bright Seraphim’


John Mason (Bassoon)

A cheerful upbeat to the season from three recent UEA music graduates – featuring the recently renovated historic 1808 Wm Gray organ.


Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
Fantasia in d minor – William Byrd (1540 – 1623)
Overture to ‘With Noise of Cannon’ – William Croft (1678 – 1727)
Three songs Music for a While – If Music be the Food of Love – Dido’s Lament – Henry Purcell
Organ Voluntary in D Major Op6/6 – John Stanley (1712 – 1786)
Trumpet Sonata – Daniel Purcell (1664 – 1717)
Concerto No.4 in G Major op 13/4 – Matthew Camidge – (1758 – 1844)
Ye Sacred Muses – William Byrd


Let the Bright Seraphim from ‘Samson’ HWV 57– George Frederic Handel (1685 – 1750)
Organ Concerto No. 13 in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ HWV 295 – G.F. Handel
Trumpet Sonata WoO.4 – Archangel Corelli (1651 – 1713)
V’adore Pupille from Giulio Cesare – G.F. Handel
Stabat Mater, Dolorosa – Giovanni Battista Pergelosi (1710 – 1736)
Suite in D Major HWV 341 based on the ‘Water Music’ – G.F. Handel

David Ballard is known to many people in North Norfolk for his leadership of the Cantamus Community Choir.
David has many close ties with the area. He was a chorister, later beoming organist of St Nicholas, North Walsham , and is now very involved in music education in the area.

This will be the first time David has played the historic organ in St Botolph’s in a concert and he has brought along two contemporaries of his from the UEA to enhance his programme of mainly English and Italian baroque music.

Matthew, as well as being a trumpet player, is also an organ builder and he assisted Richard Bower on the renovation of the historic William Gray organ of 1808 in St Botolph’s two years ago.

Verity has a lovely soprano voice and continues to pursue her performance studies.  

Their programme is to include the Trumpet Tune and Sonata by Purcell; excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Bach’s transcription for organ BWV 593 of a Vivaldi violin concerto and voluntaries by the great blind organist John Stanley, perfectly suited to the Trunch organ. Admission is by programme at the door, £9 (£7 concessions). Proceeds are for the on-going restoration and maintenance projects of this fine medieval church.

David Ballard works locally both as a musician and in primary education. Since September 2012 he has been Organist and Choirmaster at St Nicholas, North Walsham where he recruits and trains one of the last amateur men and boys choirs in East Anglia. He is also the musical director of the Cantamus Choir based in Southrepps, and is in regular demand as a soloist, accompanist, and private tutor. He is currently preparing for a 10-show run of Les Miserables at Sheringham Little Theatre as musical director. He was tutored on the organ by inter alia Kenneth Ryder, David Dunnett, and Anne Page and in choral conducting by professor Peter Aston.

Matthew Martin studied trumpet at the University of East Anglia under the instruction of Ray Simmons. During this time he worked as a trumpet maker with a local company, learning repairing and manufacturing skills. Soon after, Matthew became engrossed in the world of early music, taking lessons on Baroque Trumpet and Cornett from Jonathan Impett, and later solely on Cornett with Sam Goble at Trinity Conservatoire, London. Soon after, Matthew worked as an Organ Builder, restoring notable historic instruments such as the one here in Trunch. He currently runs a small company producing historic copies of natural trumpets in Norwich.

Verity Ransom MPerf, B.A. (Hons) is a soprano singer who has an extensive tessitura, a pure and natural voice with a unique sound, whose passion for music is reflected in her emotive and authentic performances. Verity has been a classically trained singer for 12 years. She has always had a keen interest in music, playing the violin and trumpet, but singing has always been her true passion.
She grew up in West Norfolk, taking an active part in music in her local community participating in local choirs, and orchestras, singing in musical productions, and conducting a small choir of 12 – 14 year olds. Verity was a student at the University of East Anglia, and still today is an avid member of the UEA choir, the chamber choir and was a founding member of the UEA madrigal ensemble. Verity became an apprentice at Aldeburgh Music, working in the section of Aldeburgh Education where she helped out with a vocal workshop of 14 -18 year olds, also teaching young adults with learn disabilities and anger problems to express themselves through the power of music.