What the Trumpet Taught Me Kim Moore Published by The Poetry Business ISBN 978 1 914914 14 0 Kim Moore is known in poetry circles as an award-winning poet, a judge in the National Poetry Competition and one of the guiding lights behind The Writing Hour - a month-long series of brilliant sessions encouraging the creation of new poetry. But in music circles she (and her sister) are known for teaching brass instruments and coaching brass bands across the North West of England.
What the Trumpet Taught Me is part musical memoir, part study of the art of playing the trumpet (and its cousin the cornet) and part autobiography. Through the text she tells the story of her life from the age of ten, when she first touched an instrument. Her narrative weaves tales of teachers, orchestral conductors, her tough but supportive father and the experiences of playing in soul bands, competitions and working mens’ clubs. It’s a deeply thoughtful book - happiness sifted through with sadness and reflection - but always returning to the rich glory of making music. This is a book several of my friends will be getting in their stockings come December 25th.