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Francisco Pérez

Francisco A. Pérez-Ferrer was born in Alicante, 1.976.

At 16 I become a member of the Youth National Orchestra from Spain, and also obtained my Professor Diploma (At 16 years old!!!). I played with many orchestras such as Fine Arts Sinfonia (London, U.K.) and I was Principal at Alicante Symphony Orchestra (1.996-2.000). Also I was enganged by Universal Studios as trumpet player for some gigs and recordings with some Dixie bands and with Big Bands (it was an amazing experience). I tryed to go out of Spain to play in other orchestras and I gained the principal position in Sinaloa State  Symphony (Mexico), but at the same time I was invited to make an audition to Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester and also at Chicago Symphony Orchestra -Principal Position- in 2.003 and 2.004. There is one thing I want to say: in 1.993 I was playing the audition for the Young National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid. That night a wonderfull thing happened: Chicago Symphony was playing at the same auditorium I was playing few hours before. I heard the concert and also I met Adolph “Bud” Herseth. I thought he is a very charismatic trumpet player, but a really nice guy. The first time I was invited to auditioning at C.S.O. I felt that one era was finished. After I experienced some trouble with my teeth and I prefered to start another career making trumpets, wich was my hobby at that time. I ever admired good hand work. Talking about modern trumpets I loved the works of Domenic Calicchio, Jerome Callet, Eldon Benge, Zignant Kanstul, Karl Schagerl, Johann Scherzer and, of course, Renold Schilke, among others. All those make the best trumpets I ever played, but I was more interested in making replicas of historical instruments. I like to work as they did 400 years ago. I ever loved historic instruments so, then I thought, Why not to try to make natural trumpets? Then I made a lot of prototypes, studied old making methods, asked to the best makers. Some of them were kind and they helped me to make good trumpets. That’s all my history. Now I have a little workshop in my house and I work as they did 400 years ago, with the same tools and also with the same feel of satisfaction when a trumpet is finished.


© Francisco Pérez, MMIV-MMIX


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With 46 years working in the music industry worldwide, his knowledge and experience stocks a comprehensive music store, the one stop shop for instrument advice, repairs, new and second-hand sales. Peter's apprenticeships with some of the world's leading craftsmen in Britain, the United States and Canada, have given him a thorough working knowledge of acoustical engineering and instrumental design creating a unique understanding of the instrumental needs of wind musicians. No longer will instrumental connoisseurs have to go to London when choosing and maintaining an instrument, when all their needs can be met in Manchester. A true Artisan, Peter has been fine tuning brass and woodwind instruments for musicians of the leading ensembles and institutions for many years, the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music and passing on his expertise in instrumental academy seminars in Scandinavia and Europe. A UK Brass specialist, Peter's skills have led to a growing demand for his custom range of brass design and parts, trumpets, flugels, cornets, bespoke lead pipes, bells, cork parts and mouthpieces. An exponent of 5 Star spa treatments for trumpets, a Pollard MOT involves deep freeze Cryogenic resonance restoration, ultrasonic cleaning, valve alignment and the application of his own patented valve oil 'Superfly' with a unique cleaning agent to ensure agile acrobatics when playing. 'Superfly' has now been licensed for distribution in the United States and Europe. Peter is the figure driving the sponsorship masterclasses and live music at Band on the Wall attracting stars such as Bobby Shew, Snake Davis, Ian Bousfield, Jigs Wigwam and Peter King, the Comedy Store, Liverpool's the Cavern Club and the Hallé, breath of fresh air for the region's live-music industry
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