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The Three Trumpets

Gary Peterson, Martin Winter, Allan Withington , Jon Behncke.

A very well known bank from Bergen , SparebankenVest asked the trumpet section of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra if they would consider staging a series of concerts using the Cathedral in Bergen. The musicians could decide the programme and which musicians to invite as guest artists, for four planned concerts. There was to be no cover charge , the concerts would start at 13.00hrs and would take place on Fridays. It was meant to be a present from the bank to the people of Bergen.

Audiences exceeded all expectation, the series become very popular and gave TTT the chance to try new and inovative programming ideas.

After this first series of concerts the group continues to perform at various festivals, functions  and concert venues. The latest project was a contemporary music concert at Huddersfield University which received fantastic reviews and in december 2007 the group is to appear as guests with Eikanger Bjørsvik Musikklag.

Clikk on the links to listen to:

"Plaza" - Live fra Huddersfield

"Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury"

Allan Withington

Grew up in  Northern Englands  intense brass band enviroment. He was taught to play the cornet by his father eventually becoming Principal cornet with two of the leading  bands of the day ,Wingates and Fodens.

He later studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under Howard Snell. Before being employed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra he worked extensively with the leading orchestras of both Britain and Norway. He is now  extremely active in Bergen`s cultural life as a trumpet player , conductor and  creater/producer of his own series of concerts with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

For further info. consult and klikk on `concerts`.

Jon Behncke

is from Sandefjord and gained his early experience with his local town band.He later studied at Oslo`s Music Conservatory and the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London.

In 1999,following a period of working as a freelance musician and trumpet teacher he was employed by the military band from the east side of Norway in Halden. He has worked with most of the Norwegian symphony orchestras and has played with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on many tours both in Norway and abroad. He was employed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002

Gary Peterson

Received his musical education from the Louisiana State University and the Boston University. Here, he was the first brass player  to receive an Artist Diploma.

Before coming to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra as principal trumpet he occupied the same position with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with many ensembles and recorded with the Empire Brass Quintet and Wynton Marselis. He is the leader for Sinfonia Calcania I Boston and has composed  a large number of orchestral, vocal and chamber  works.

He teaches at the Grieg Academy in Bergen.

Martin Winter

Started to play cornet as a five year old, becoming cornet champion of Great Britain in 1981.

After studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester he became the assistant principal trumpet with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for 8 years. He was employed, in the same position, by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000.

His first CD was voted best solo CD of the year by the british band press and  received the highest possible acclaim in Norwegian newspapers. He is also active as a teacher, conductor and composer  of music for both wind and brass band.