Monthly Archives: December 2012

Annual report from WordPress – I’m honoured, to say the least…

Well, I never! I feel rather humbled to find that 25,000 visits took place on this blog during 2012. When I started writing on here just over a couple of years ago, I didn’t expect to receive so much interest.

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Crispian Steele-Perkins

British trumpet soloist and expert on Baroque/period trumpet playing, Crispian Steele-perkins is pictured above after his annual wigs and costumes stint with the Raymond Gubbay Mozart Festival Orchestra. Crispian actually thought up the whole concept of the wigs, costumes and … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert – John Wilson

As part of our 2012 festive programme, the RLPO have included a Frank Sinatra tribute programme. All ‘Old Blue Eyes’ favourites are on there, from The Lady Is A Tramp to Lady Be Luck. John Wilson is conducting the orchestra … Continue reading

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They’re all his own teeth. He paid for them!

This reminds me of the great trumpet genius, Kenny Baker.  Kenny had played despite having a full set of dentures since the age of 16!!!

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Schoolboy error!

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The Friary – John Wilson Viennese programme rehearsal

In the recent past, it was decided to increase revenues for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society’s revenues by putting up Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for hire to ‘outside lets.’ This has proven to be a nice little earner for us and … Continue reading

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Nooooooooooo…

I once saw a documentary about Perlman and Zukerman on television. They were joint soloists and the leader of the orchestra was desperate to show them his new bow. Perlman just looked up and said, “… Don’t buy bows, buy … Continue reading

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Wonderful Christmastime!

Indeed, these are bleak times for classical music and orchestras worldwide. The age of austerity has hit the arts in general very hard. There are horror stories of orchestras in the USA going on strike and going bankrupt; even Germany … Continue reading

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Merry Xmas Everybody…

A Christmas Landscape Tonight the wind gnaws With teeth of glass, The jackdaw shivers In caged branches of iron, The stars have talons. There is hunger in the mouth Of vole and badger, Silver agonies of breath In the nostril … Continue reading

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