£12,000 bonus for Gorleston trumpeter Tom at top competition

Tom Poulson

Tom Poulson - Credit: Archant

A Gorleston man won £12,000 in cash and sponsorship in a competition which attracted top musicians from all over the world.

Tom Poulson reached new heights by taking two top prizes at the Aeolus Wind Competition in Dusseldorf in Germany.

The competition is the only one of the World Federation of International Music Competitions this year to feature the trumpet, trombone and tuba.

Of the 70 trumpeters from 41 countries worldwide who started the audition process, 23 were invited to compete.

They came from as far as North and South America, Australia and Japan. During the week of competition they were whittled down over three rounds of different test pieces to a trumpet final of four players, which was won by Tom.

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He then played Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra in the prizewinners' concert, coming overall runner-up to a Dutch trombonist.

The concert will be broadcast on German radio on October 13.

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Tom also won the overall prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary piece of music.

Tom was educated at Cliff Park High School before taking his A-levels at East Norfolk Sixth Form College. He was an active member of Great Yarmouth Brass junior and senior bands and was the principal cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

He continued his musical education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and this year he is completing a Masters degree at Denmark's Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, combining this with a place in the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, working during the year with a small group of international musicians to develop and perform contemporary pieces.

His progress can be followed at www.tompoulson.com

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