Richard Lambert Music

Voluntary in B flat (Op.34 No.1)

A ceremonial piece for trumpet and organ

This short voluntary, suitable for ceremonial occasions, exploits a rhythmic interplay between the two soloists.

It is structured in five sections: A B A1 C A2. However, the first episode is primarily for organ, and is a mere eight bars before the trumpet insists on restating the main theme; the second episode is considerably longer, at 34 bars, and is more relaxed in character.

The main theme returns to conclude the piece, highlighting the trumpet's stirring upper register.


  1. 1 May 2010 at the Maytime Concert of Words and Music at St John’s Church, Batheaston, near Bath. Tom Ashby (trumpet)
  2. 7 May 2011 at Shotley Farm House, Harringworth, Northants for the composer’s 60th birthday celebration. Tom Ashby (trumpet)


The first recording of Voluntary in B flat was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording. The second recording is of a performance by Tom Ashby on 1 May 2010.


You can view and purchase the score of Voluntary in B flat from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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