Sunday 7 July 2019 7:30pm

Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles, M30 0LH

Conductor - Chris Clark

Leader - Jon Henderson

Soloist - Chris Kay


Vltava - Smetana

Suite in E Flat - Holst

Trumpet Concerto - Haydn

Symphony No. 5 - Beethoven


Chris Kay 

Chris studied trumpet performance with the late Jim Watson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In his last year of study, Chris suffered a motorcycle accident and was hospitalised for 3 months. This influenced Chris to joining the emergency services as a paramedic. After 16 years working as a paramedic Chris changed his career again and now enjoys a less hectic job as a small business owner and also helps his wife Lesley run her accountancy practice based in Stockport.

Throughout his career changes Chris continued his love of trumpet playing in many varied musical groups from symphony orchestras to musicals and more recently Jazz Big Bands. He has performed the famous Hayden Trumpet Concerto many times but was particularly fortunate to perform it at the Bridgwater Hall with the Salford Symphony Orchestra in 2003. He has also more recently played lead trumpet with The New Lights Big Band at the Blackpool Tower ballroom and is also looking forward to October when he is playing one of his favorite show Guys and Dolls at the Plaza in Stockport.



Chris Clark 

Chris Clark is a Cambridge based trumpet player and conductor with an international career.

Originally from New Zealand, he has worked with some of the world’s leading ensembles including the Hallé, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Black Dyke Brass Band, Orchestra Wellington, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Chris is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Latitude Ensemble and is working on a second collaboration with Egyptian visual artist Dina Negm on a multimedia experience for the UN International Day of Peace 2019. In addition to his performing career he believes passionately in music education and holds the Trumpet Teacher position at The Leys School.

Chris graduated with an MMus in Solo Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, MMus in Conducting from the University of British Columbia and a BMus (Hons) from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. Chris received an endorsement for exceptional talent from Arts Council England in 2017, enabling him to return to the UK to pursue his career. Having first been invited to conduct the Salford Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and then twice in 2018 (which included the Charity Concert with the Ayoub Sisters), and March of this year, Chris is thrilled to be directing this performance.

Chris is very grateful to be the recipient of the Pettman DARE International Performance Scholarship and Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, and would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the Adam Foundation, Philip and Dianne Pattison, Waverley Fund, James Wallace Arts Trust, Todd Trust and The Lion Foundation.


Tickets (adult £8, concessions £7. Accompanied under 16's free but will still require an online free ticket) can be purchased online from the Salford Symphony website ( or on the door (adult £9 and concessions £8). Enquiries and Box Office Tel: 0161 281 6698.


   NB: The Orchestra reserves the right to change the programme and venue according to the availability of music, venue and players.