The Quest…

A neat little cartoon. The Impossible Dream indeed!

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A Trip Down Memory Lane…

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is currently going through a major refurbishment and has just reopened to the public. The RLPO performed their opening concerts last week. The front of house facilities and the concert hall are just about finished but the work to the back stage areas is continuing and should be ready by next June. This will all be finished in our 175th anniversary year. Coincidentally that will also coincide with the 75th anniversary of the hall and it will be twenty years since the last major refurbishment. Here is the grand reopening gala concert from the last renovation…10271250_855375054506685_4810092508861254230_o

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A Piece Of Trumpet History…

What a great photograph! My old trumpet teacher, David Mason pictured with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Malcolm Sargent during rehearsals of Vaughan Williams 9th Symphony. The premiere of this work aroused a lot of interest, partly because of the use of saxophones but especially because of the 15 page solo flugel horn part. David Mason played the part at the premiere to great public acclaim. The RLPO played it a couple of years ago. I played the flugel part. It’s a lot of fun. Incidentally, my favourite recording of the piece is the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Anne McAneny playing the flugel part.

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Zelda – Played By Martin Winter

Zelda, by Percy Code is not heard on the concert platform so often these days. This great piece was once a must in nearly all brass band programmes. All the great cornettists had their own way of interpreting and presenting this work. None better than Martin Winter, seen here playing in the 1987 Granada Band of the Year competition…

The reaction to Martin’s playing by the great Harry Mortimer (himself famous for his interpretation of Zelda) is a joy to behold.

Fabulous!

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David Mason And The Piccolo Trumpet On Penny Lane

An extract from Mark Lewisohn's excellent 'The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions'

An extract from Mark Lewisohn’s excellent ‘The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions’

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A Christmas Classic!

I couldn’t believe this when I heard it. Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ played on the bugle! As Film Music Composer Phil Lawrence said on hearing this rendition, “… It takes a certain type of mind to have figured this one out, & an altogether different one to go out of the way to record it!”

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The Great Allen Vizzutti…

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Another Solo Project!

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Friday 20th March, 7.30pm  £8/£6
Todmorden Town Hall

Brendan Ball 
Trumpet & Flugel Horn

Co-Principal trumpet with The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and plays with 10/10 New Music Ensemble. He also performs as a duo with organist Ian Tracey and was the soloist for the immense music-theatre piece Treasured Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in 2012.  His concert will include World Premieres of new pieces by Nigel Clarke, Tim Jackson and Anthony Gustav Morris. The UK premiere of Ailis Ni Riain’s ‘A Trumpet Piece’ and the timeless classic by Tim Souster ‘The Transistor Radio of Saint Narcissus’.

The award winning David Pigott will be providing the live electronics, recorded music, recorded special effects and sound and technical engineering.


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Paper sculpture-music-poetry
12-29th March 2015
Nicola Dale & Ailís Ní Ríain 
Todmorden Platform One Gallery
Thurs-Sun only.  11am-4.30pm. Free.

“Nicola Dale’s imaginative work puts her at the forefront of contemporary artists who re-imagine the role of the printed text.”

Nicola Dale has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Australia, America and Europe, including Manchester Art Gallery’s record-breaking national touring exhibition, The First Cut (Manchester, Nottingham & Southampton, 2012-2014), alongside internationally renowned artists Kara Walker, Andreas Kocks, Mia Pearlman and Rob Ryan amongst others.

Recorded Trumpet playing by Brendan Ball.

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James Horner – Hollywood Legend and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra!

RLPO Principal Trombone Simon Cowen preparing for the reopening of the newly refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

RLPO Principal Trombone Simon Cowen preparing for the reopening of the newly refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The RLPO has just performed two concerts to packed audiences for the reopening of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We played the same programme for both shows, Debussy ‘Iberia’; Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony and the world premiere of ‘Pas de Deux’ by Hollywood composing legend James Horner! Horner really enjoys the ballet and it has inspired him for this work. It was his first foray into classical music for thirty years. James came up through the classical route but has dedicated himself exclusively to film since the 1980s. What an honour then to give the world premiere of this new music!

Hollywood legend James Horner, me and platform manager Alan Scollins backstage immediately after the Tchaikovsky performance, which received a standing ovation.

Hollywood legend James Horner, me and platform manager Alan Scollins backstage immediately after the Tchaikovsky performance, which received a standing ovation.

Amongst James Horner’s incredible output are the scores to Avatar, Deep Impact and Titanic. He is the recipient of two oscars and eight nominations! His Pas de Deux is one of the first major compositions for violin, cello and orchestra since Brahms. It was a joy to see James struggling around Philharmonic Hall with his hard hat on and high visibility jacket during rehearsals.

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Mark McNulty – RLPO Official Photographer…

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