Recording & Performance Reviews
“Paul Archibald is the consummate artist; a superb trumpeter, an artistic director full of innovative and workable ideas and one whose passion is to bring music to the widest possible audience. He’s a man who enjoys a challenge and is not easily deflected from his purpose. He’s always a real pleasure to work with.”
Cecilia McDowall , Composer
“It is not easy for a brass group to sustain variety over the length of an entire concert, but The English Brass Ensemble succeeded excellently. True, they benefited from having Peter Maxwell Davies's Brass Quintet, the work receiving its European premiere. But it required a heroic performance, being relentlessly demanding in terms of individual and ensemble technique, and requiring complex multiple nuances of expression. Really, it had an intimacy comparable to that of the finest chamber music.
Max Harrison, The Times
“I had the privilege to work with my friends Paul Archibald, Ronald Romm co-founder of the Canadian Brass, Jacques Mauger, in South America. Paul is a person of incredible kindness, with a great musical sensitivity. As a trumpet player, an arranger, an educator, and a conductor, he is perpetuating, with great quality, the education, values, and a very positive philosophy of brass instrument playing in the world.”
Pierre Badel, International Trumpet Soloist
“More then 80 children in bands and choirs across Kuwait rehearsed for weeks in excited anticipation of Paul’s visit. The Festival culminated in a 2-day course and final concert. Students made music in large and small ensembles, gained valuable performance skills, tips for practice and technical issues, and experienced the magic of performing to a full auditorium, sharing the stage with one of the world's foremost brass musicians. New friends were made and much pizza consumed!”
Juliet Edwards, The Kuwait Music Festival 2016
“I have known Paul Archibald around 30 years now, though I knew about his trumpet playing many years prior to that through his reputation and the media. It was my privilege to get to know Paul better when we shared some long car journeys. The conversations that we had were often about music but also a lot of the real and purposeful things in this world that meant a lot to us.”
Dr Clarence Adoo, MBE
“The association of Paul Archibald with Brass Wind Publications has proved very rewarding. His repertoire for trumpet solo and the English Brass Collection of ensemble music reflects his wide experience as a performer, his eclectic musical taste and his energy as a musical entrepreneur. The English Brass Collection provides satisfying repertoire for more experienced, ambitious performers, while the musical range of the trumpet solo albums has guided younger players into great music that they otherwise may not have encountered.
Delia Triggel, Brass Wind Publications
“A brass trio may provide lots of food for thought; however, had anyone told me a performance by a trombone, a French horn and a trumpet was going to be highly entertaining, I would have thought they were on some new type of happy pill. The Malta Arts Festival concert by the Carnyx Brass Trio on July 8 in the President’s Palace Courtyard was characterised not only by highly polished and sophisticated playing, but also a most amusing running ”
Kenneth Zammit Tabona, The Sunday Times of Malta