Sounds Green I: Bella Tromba
Jo Harris, Victoria Curran, Becca Toft, Emma Bassett
They play with ritzy sophistication - The Guardian
The Guardian describes Bella Tromba as a glamorous all-trumpet girl band, dedicated to exploring and expanding the instrument's potential. Bella Tromba is an established chamber group performing extensively in the UK and abroad. Cheltenham Music Festival, South Bank¹s Purcell Room and BBC Radio 2 and 3 have all featured the group. They performed as Guest Artists at the International Women's Brass Conference in Toronto, Canada and have given recitals and conservatoire level master classes in Europe.
London based freelance trumpet players; the members of Bella Tromba have the combined experience of playing for the Britten Sinfonia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hackney Colliery Band, Black Dyke Band and Jazz Jamaica.
As winners of the Park Lane Group Young Artist Award the quartet has been active in the performance of many new works. They have commissioned and premiered works by Paul Edlin (Purcell Room), Howard Skempton (Cheltenham Music Festival) and John Reeman (Dartington Festival). They performed Telos 135 for four trumpets and timpani by Peter Maxwell Davies in the presence of the composer at Canterbury Christ Church University and recorded Peter Longworth's Colori di Roma following performances in Poland and Canada. Bella Tromba created a pioneering live electronic dance set that fuses Classical Mozart with beat led tracks and sub bass frequencies for the Beautiful Days Festival.
Bella Tromba collaborates with leading artists, including Jazz soloists Rex Richardson at Regents Hall, London and Yazz Ahmed at the Bichester Jazz Festival. A recording of Hugo Ribiero's Gestures III features Classical percussionist Scott Bywater on Vibraphone and Tam Tam. The support of the SPNM, Ralph Vaughan-Williams Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation has ensured a wealth of repertoire for this distinctive ensemble.
Bella Tromba are Live Music Now Fellows and in this capacity they have initiated and developed outreach projects in special needs schools, day care centres, pupil refeurral nits and hospitals. Bella Tromba are recipients of the Dorothy Parkinson Memorial Prize and the Dartington International Summer School Scholarship.