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Meeks, Michael


Trumpeter who attended the Royal College of Music in London from 1972 to 1975 and studied under Ernest Hall, David Mason, and Richard Walton.  Upon graduation, he became principal trumpet for the BBC.  In 1979, he filled the same role with the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra, a post he held for two years.  Then he joined the ranks of the City of London Sinfonia, and stayed with them from 1981 to 1995.

Other groups with whom he has worked include the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the BBC Symphony, the Cambridge Singers, the English Chamber Orchestra, the English National Opera, the King’s Singers, the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Ulster Orchestra.

In the 1990s, he relocated to the United States.  Since 1999, he has been the principal trumpet with the Sacramento Choral Society and Sacramento Philharmonic Opera, and performed with the Merced Symphony and the Sacramento Brass Quintet.

Recordings on which he appears include:  The Best of VivaldiThe Cambridge Singers Christmas AlbumThe Complete Mozart EditionThe King’s Singers Greatest HitsA Little Christmas MusicMozart:  Serenades/DivertimentiOriginal 19th Century Music for BrassVivaldi:  Famous Concerti for Two Trumpets, Oboe, Violins, Cello, Mandolins; and, Vivaldi:  Wind Concerto RV 122, 533, 537, 538, 539, 545 & 560.

In the field of music education, he has taught master classes at the University of the Pacific and gives private lessons in his trumpet studio.

The King’s Singers recordings
Patapan and Farandole (Bernard De La Monnoye/Georges Bizet/Jeremy Jackman)
EMI 49909 (CD: A Little Christmas Music)
Countertenor and composer – Jeremy Jackson
Countertenor – Alastair Hume
Tenor and Arranger – Bob Chilcott
Baritone – Bruce Russell
Baritone – Simon Carrington
Bass – Stephen Connolly

He is the trumpet soloist here…