Kirsty Hooper

Flugelhorn/Cornet

Kirsty is a flugelhorn and cornet player who first picked up a trumpet at the age of 15, after several years playing viola.  She played both brass and strings throughout University, including  a memorable performance of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll in which, recreating the original performance at the composer's home on Christmas Day 1870, she performed both the viola and trumpet parts (fortunately they don't play at the same time!). 

Kirsty fell in love with the flugelhorn at the age of 10 when the children's choir she was part of performed in Mahler's Third Symphony at Watford Town Hall and the girl who played the posthorn solo not only played it on a flugelhorn, but from outside the auditorium. Having realised that brass playing is definitely where it's at, Kirsty now plays flugel (and sometimes cornet) with a number of ensembles, including Royal Spa Brass (where she is also band manager), Cubbington Silver Band, and Leamington's own Oompah Band.  

 

Thirty-mumble years after that performance of Mahler, Kirsty finally achieved her ambition of playing offstage flugelhorn when Cubbington performed Mansions of the Lord at the Ironbridge Brass Festival 2018.

Find Kirsty on Instagram as @booksonspain

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