Crispian picked up his first trumpet at the age of ten, progressing quickly so that just 6 years later he was playing with the English National Youth Orchestra. On graduating from the Guildhall School of Music, Crispian spent his early career playing with the English National Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He then spent 15 years working in Recording, TV and film studios, developing a body of work which is universally recognisable today, from Handel to James Bond themes and pop classics.
Crispian's interest in collecting and restoring antique trumpets led him to begin performing on them - indeed you may have heard Crispian's playing introducing the BBC's 'The Antiques Roadshow'. His unique performances and recordings on genuine historic instruments led Continuo Magazine to describe him as “the world s leading player of the Baroque trumpet”.
Playing alongside some of the world's greatest singers, Crispian's purity of tone and artistic subtlety have received critical acclaim for more than three decades. Recordings of Handel's “Let the Bright Seraphim” with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and “Eternal Source of Light Divine” with James Bowman are familiar to many. More recently his performances with Emma Kirkby, Lynn Dawson, Carolyn Sampson, Bryn Terfel and Lesley Garrett have strengthened his reputation as a modern icon.
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