Darren Moore plays trumpet and cornetto for some of the world's finest ensembles, with a focus on historically informed performance practices.
"Songs, dances and writings allow us to speak to one another across generations"
At the heart of Darren's musical life is versatility and community spirit.
He is most proud of his outreach work he did with both the Multi-Story Orchestra,
and with The Worshipful Company of Musicians to encourage under-estimated children in London to gain skills and confidence through music, giving workshops with Matt Lewis.
He is very conscious that music has the possibility to help everybody, and finds it heart-breaking when elitism is reinforced in the industry - which may explain how he finds it almost embarassing that he benefitted as a child from a system that does not afford everybody the same chances. This is why he is so proud to be a part of the (please click) Multi-Story Orchestra family who use music as a force for positive social change. You can see their latest work with children who recently lost a classmate to gang crime, and how they worked together on designing, composing, and performing The Endz, as a tribute to their lost friend.
Having chosen early on in his student days to "specialise" on three instruments,
he now regularly performs on modern trumpet, baroque trumpet, and cornetto.
Darren has played Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.2 with both the
Irish Baroque Orchestra (dir. Peter Whelan) and the London Handel Orchestra,
Beethoven and Dvorak with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
(dir. Nezet-Seguin, dir. Bernard Haitink),
Mahler 5 with the National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland),
and a good few Monteverdi Vespers (1610) with
His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, and with
the English Baroque Soloists (dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner).
Darren has also appeared at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in a production of Othello that
involved samba dancing with Sir Mark Rylance (The BFG, Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk),
and Andre Holland (Moonlight, The Eddy).
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.... a choice that proved a winner when he was asked to play his best friend down the aisle on her wedding day in Scotland.
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.
He is also loving his new role as visiting teacher of modern trumpet in the Cork School of Music.
Recent and upcoming projects:
Irish National Opera, dir. Peter Whelan
Irish Baroque Orchestra, dir. Pter Whelan
English Cornett and Sagbutt Ensemble
Monteverdi - Vespers 1610
(The Lighthouse, Poole)
(Deutsche Grammophon Recording Baden-Baden, dir. Yannick Nezet-Seguin)
(Seoul tour, dir. Kiril Karabits)
Muffat - Missa in Labores Requies
(Palais de Versailles, France)
Tchaikovsky - Symphony 4
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Stravinsky - various recordings
Strauss - Rosenkavalier
(Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin)