ROY BILHAM ARCM LTCL
MUSIC & MUSIC HISTORY
Roy joined the Royal Artillery Band as a trumpet player when he was 20 and served 22 years finishing with the rank of Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Bandmaster.
Since retiring from the Army in 1987, he has worked as a busy freelance player playing with many leading London Orchestras, including the BBC concert Orchestra, and most notably the Philharmonia, with whom he has performed in many concert halls in Europe, Japan and the East Coast of the USA for over 10 years. Roy has toured with the Kirov, Bolshoi, Moscow Classical, Canadian and English National Ballet Companies. He has also performed with the internationally famous brass ensemble The Wallace Collection from 1987, and also from 1991 to 2001 he was player and General Manager.
In the eighties Roy started his own company Thames Fanfare Brass and then in 2012 he added British State Trumpeters to his company. He has been a teacher of all brass instruments from beginners to diploma level for over 50 years.
Roy’s talks also include him playing his trumpet from Classical to modern day music, with many amusing and interesting anecdotes featuring many interesting names from music and show business.
Talk 1."Blowing My Own Trumpet" In The Beginning
My early years learning to play from the age of 12 with a Yorkshire Amateur Brass Band to joining the oldest and most prestigious Military Band in the country: The Royal Artillery Band. The history of the Band and amusing and sometimes embarrassing anecdotes of my years playing with them.
Talk 2."Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Royal Artillery Orchestra
The history of the oldest established orchestra in the country The Royal Artillery Orchestra formed in 1762, from their beginnings playing the music of Anton Dvorak to travelling and backing Sir Harry Secombe, then finishing my 22 year career as Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Band Master.
Talk 3."Blowing My Own Trumpet" The World Of Freelance Trumpet Playing
Playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra for over 12 years, the most recorded orchestra in the world and performing in some of the most grand and prestigious venues, playing with the BBC Concert Orchestra and with the Touring Ballet Companies such as the Bolshoi, Kirov and of course the English National Ballet.
Talk 4."Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Wallace Collection
My involvement with trumpet soloist John Wallace CBE and The Wallace Collection as performer and manager to this internationally famous brass group from 1987-2001. We performed and carried out concerts and master classes all over the world. Carried out many tours for the British Council in all 5 Continents. Which includes some of the unusual countries I have played in, out of the 36 I have visited.
Talk 5."Blowing My Own Trumpet" Thames Fanfare Brass
My own company Thames Fanfare Brass now in it's 30th year, who's Fanfare Team have carried out 30 Royal Film Premiers numerous Awards Ceremonies and Sporting Events, the Brass Ensemble are regularly found at the Mansion House in London playing for banquets, performing concerts, the Dixie Band who have performed at more Store Openings than I can count and many other events the list is endless.
Talk 6."Blowing My Own Trumpet" 50 Years In Teaching
My 50 years as a highly respected Brass Teacher teaching beginners to Diploma level students, with many amusing stories and anecdotes from home and abroad. Plus a short recount of the all six talks.
Talk 7."Blowing My Own Trumpet" Royal Artillery Band-Crazy Days
I Return to more army stories which cover my time in basic training and many amazing anecdotes of my time spent in the Royal Artillery Band
This talk also includes performing music from his new CD 'Blowing My Own Trumpet'
Talk 8. "Blowing My Own Trumpet" Show Tunes
During this talk I shall be performing more than talking. A selection of well known show tunes which hopefully you will all recognize, together with information about the show storey lines, composers and performers.
Talk 9. " Blowing My Own Trumpet " A Mediterranean Odyssey.
The word "Odyssey" is often used to describe a journey that is full of adventure, well there is nothing better than flying from Brize Norton in a RAF Hercules transport plane. I take us to Gibraltar, Tangier, Malta and then go back in time to when trumpet playing was an event in the Olympic Games. 776 BC. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, in 1896.
Talk 10. "Blowing My Own Trumpet" The Three Tenors
The Three Tenors were a popular operatic singing group during the 1990's and early 2000's, consisting of Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. The talk includes genre, styles, group members and performing some of their favourite pieces of music played on the trumpet.