Multi-award-winning trumpet player Alison Balsom returned to the Royal Albert Hall for an Albert Sessions concert on 13 October 2014.

alt text) The concert marked Alison’s 15th appearance on the world’s most famous stage – her first as a headline artist.

alt text) Flanked by a full band, Alison Balsom took the audience on a theatrical journey through Paris, with pieces from her latest album and music close to her heart.

alt text) The trumpeter has been working alongside the Royal Albert Hall’s Education team to host a series of workshops for young brass players. Each participant has been given a pTrumpet, the world’s first 100% plastic trumpet, and will return next year to show Alison how far they playing has advanced by using the instrument.

alt text) One of the programmes sold on the night enabled one lucky ticketholder to win a pTrumpet. Kofi, the evening’s lucky winner, took to the stage to receive his prize.

alt text) The stage was decorated with umbrellas, echoing a rainy day in a Parisian coffee shop. The ‘Voice of Jupiter’, the Hall’s Grand Organ, was also in use on the night, providing a powerful contribution to the Bach piece that opened the evening.

alt text) Previous Albert Sessions headliners Nicola Benedetti and Milos joined the thousands in the auditorium to watch the trumpeter’s biggest concert to date.

All photos: Paul Sanders, 2014

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