TOM WALSH – FOLLOWING IN GRANDPA’S
Robert Farnon began
his professional musical career as a trumpeter, and his
grandson Thomas Walsh seems to be following in his footsteps.
His proud mother Judith keeps us informed of his progress,
and we recently received the following newspaper report
from the Suffolk Evening Star (26 October 2007) by Stephen
Foster of BBC Radio Suffolk:
"This Sunday the
ever-popular Horn Factory make their fourth appearance at
the lpswich Jazz Club. Led by Gill Burgoyne from the saxophone
section, this 17 piece outfit were formed nearly a decade
ago to give local musicians the chance to play in a big
Among the current members is highly-rated
trumpet player Tom Walsh from Manningtree. Tom’s
16 and now plays regularly with the National Youth Jazz
Orchestra. Earlier this week he told me how he came to join
NYJO: ‘I look back on it now and think its quite embarrassing.
I was busking in Colchester and the well known jazz bass
player Eddie Johnson heard me and suggested I get in touch
with NYJO who I’d never heard of before. It’s great because
you don’t hare to audition. You just go along and if you
can play well you’re in!’
Tom started playing
with the orchestra two years ago but has only been gigging
regularly with them since the summer. It was at around the
same time that Tom linked up with Horn Factory and won Young
Musician Of The Year at the Bures Music Festival.
Tom’s short term goal
is to secure a place at the Royal Academy of Music. Believe
me this young man is going places."
At another concert with the NYJO Tom
was featured on Harry South’s portrait of Dizzy Gillespie,
appropriately called "Dizzy". He used a trumpet
with an almost vertically pointing bell, in true Gillespie
style. He coped with all the high notes easily, and it is
reported that he created some memorable music in so doing.
This report appeared in ‘Journal
Into Melody’ March 2008