Darren Moore plays trumpet and cornetto for some of the world's finest ensembles, with a focus on historically informed performance practices.
Darren prides himself on playing in a stylish manner, his ability to be a "sound-chameleon", and his niche ability to play three very different instruments to the highest level.
Growing up, he convinced himself that to be "good" he needed to specialise on one instrument, and in one style. He got used to hearing people say "be careful about playing the nat - it could ruin your modern chops" and similar understandable concerns.
Darren realised that for him, this was far from the truth. Thanks to very understanding teachers at every level he now understands how each instrument and style can complement one another. In particular his work on tone and improvisation on the cornetto, phrasing on the natural trumpet, and confidence on the modern trumpet has helped him solidify his approach of
bringing the music off of the page.
It has becoming increasingly important to Darren that he understands the
world around a piece of music:
What did society look like when this piece was conceived?
Why does that matter?
What sort of audience existed then, and now?
Is the message relevant today?
Upcoming productions in autumn 2022:
(Palais de Versailles, France)
(St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin)
Extended biography and experience:
Over the last few years, Darren has played Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.2 with the
Irish Baroque Orchestra (dir. Peter Whelan), Beethoven symphonies with the
Chamber Orchestra of Europe (dir. Nezet-Seguin), Tchaikovsky's Symphony no.5
with the BBC Philharmonic, and a good few Monteverdi Vespers (1610) with various groups
including HMSC and Capella Mediterranea.
He is looking forward to playing his first Mahler 5 with the NSO in Dublin, September 2022.
Darren was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians' award for Outreach in 2017, recognising his significant delivery of meaningful musical workshops with trombonist Matt Lewis at schools in London where opportunities to play music were not often as easy as they could be. That same year, he went on an unforgettable tour across Europe and to the USA for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's production of Monteverdi's l'Orfeo.
Darren has also appeared at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in a production of Othello that
involved dancing with Sir Mark Rylance and Andre Holland. As well as developing his
volleyball skills in the pre-show warm-ups, the whole experience led to his
questionable decision to learn the bagpipes....
Darren is delighted to have been appointed an Assistant Lecturer at the Royal Irish Academy of Music,
adding to his work there as a guest teacher of natural trumpet.
After studying with Tom Rainer, Darren went to the Guildhall School to do his BMus in trumpet performance (2008-12), and then a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London (2012-14) where he was awarded a DipRAM for the quality of his final recital. He also took advantage of the ERASMUS Scheme by studying in The Hague, and is currently completing a second Masters Degree in cornett and historical performance with Lambert Colson at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire.