Debut Sounds: Meet our soloists - Mark Templeton

Find out what LPO trombonist Mark Templeton is most excited about as he prepares to perform as the soloist in the world premiere of LPO Young Composer Michael Cryne’s Prometheus Bound at Debut Sounds: Dérive on Monday 4 July.




How has it been to work with the Young Composers?

Mark: It has been really easy working with the composer on this piece. We have been sending each other little amendments, audio files and comments via WhatsApp but Michael really did his homework early in the process and came up with a modern piece which works on the trombone.

What’s the most exciting/nerve-wracking thing about being the soloist in a world premiere performance?

As far as performing Prometheus Bound goes, I'm more excited than nervous. Audiences are used to hearing the trombone in the orchestral texture, playing chords, reinforcing the melody and such but big solos are not all that common. I can't wait to show what the trombone is capable of.

What has Magnus Lindberg been like to work with as a conductor?

Magnus Lindberg has been fantastic. His energy, understanding and calmness make for very productive sessions.

Is there anything you’d say to someone who might be new to contemporary classical music and perhaps considering giving it a try on 4 July?

If you are coming to hear contemporary music for the first time on 4 July 2016, I'd say don't panic. None of the pieces are very long and if you don't like the sound of one piece, you might like the next. When listening to contemporary music, it's easy to mistakenly think that if you don't understand the soundscape, you are missing out on some vital piece of the jigsaw. Try to listen to the whole of the picture and don't get bogged down in the detail.

You might like it, hate it or be indifferent. Either way, we will be glad to see you if you decide to give it a go.


You can hear Mark perform in Michael Cryne’s Prometheus Bound at Debut Sounds: Dérive on Monday 4 July. To find out more about the performance, make sure to visit our event page.