About Brendan Ball

Brendan playing in the new 'large' fermenter at Liverpool Organic Brewery

Brendan playing in the new ‘large’ fermenter at Liverpool Organic Brewery

The Trumpet Section Rehearsing for 'Frosty.' Brendan, Paul Marsden and Cai Isfryn

The Trumpet Section Rehearsing for ‘Frosty.’ Brendan, Paul Marsden and Cai Isfryn

I am a professional classical trumpeter. I work full time with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. All opinions, stories etc on this blog are my own and do not represent the views of my employer in any way! Please feel free to enjoy having a look around. This is my scrapbook!

This is a recent exhibit in Liverpool's international photography Festival by ace photographer Mark McNulty entitled 'What The Libraries Did For Us.'

This is a recent exhibit in Liverpool’s international photography Festival by ace photographer Mark McNulty entitled ‘What The Libraries Did For Us.’

I studied at Chethams School of Music in Manchester, where I was a finalist in BBC Young Musician Of The Year. I completed four years undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar.

International award winning composer Ailis Ni Riain & Brendan working on acclaimed solo trumpet Music theatre pice 'TREASURED'

International award winning composer Ailis Ni Riain & Brendan working on acclaimed solo trumpet Music theatre pice ‘TREASURED’

Teachers I have studied with include: David Mason, Michael Laird, Stanley Woods and John Wilbraham. I teach trumpet for the University of Liverpool, the University of Wales [Bangor] and Liverpool Hope University. I also have extensive experience in teaching for other educational establishments and have tutored private students to an advanced standard for many years.

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I play a lot of contemporary classical music professionally and work extensively as a solo trumpeter, especially in contemporary music and the realm of music theatre. The trumpet & organ recitals I have undertaken over the years with internationally renowned organist Ian Tracey have been attracting a lot of note and we will be releasing our first album later this year.

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I do have a life outside professional trumpet playing, however! I am a very keen flower, vegetable and fruit gardener, ex-motorcyclist and cyclist. I like to live life to the full and become as involved as possible in the local area. My interests include fine dining, fine art, classic literature, theatre, cinema, poetry and culture in all it’s many varied guises. I live in the Georgian Quarter of Liverpool with Scooby the English Springer Spaniel.

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“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”
Igor Stravinsky

“Music is the heart of life,
as she speaks of love.
Without it there is no possible good
and with it all is beauty!” Franz Liszt

Brendan opening the 2012 Liverpool Beer Festival - 'Ales from the Crypt!'

Brendan opening the 2012 Liverpool Beer Festival – ‘Ales from the Crypt!’

“Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all.”
Igor Stravinsky

More Information & Updates About Brendan Ball

RLPO brass ensemble with Yoko Ono

RLPO brass ensemble with Yoko Ono

Brendan Ball is sponsored by Liverpool Organic Brewery. The company is the first corporate sponsor of an individual player in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra one hundred and seventy year history. Brendan is officially ‘The Liverpool Organic Brewery Principal Trumpet.’ Visit Liverpool Organic’s Website to see where you can buy this marvellous beer.

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Liverpool Organic Brewery

‘Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don’t like, it’s always by Villa-Lobos?’
Igor Stravinsky

Jon Lord & Brendan

Jon Lord & Brendan

News , Additions & Updates about Brendan

Brendan rehearsing at Band On The Wall for the world premiere of 'The Consequences Of Falling' by Ailis Ni Riain - for solo trumpet and double bass.

Brendan rehearsing at Band On The Wall for the world premiere of ‘The Consequences Of Falling’ by Ailis Ni Riain – for solo trumpet and double bass.

17 Responses to About Brendan Ball

  1. Brendan,
    The worldwide connections created through the Arts is spectacular – and so are your charming and inspiring blog and website. What a rare and special sharing of experiences and knowledge, including your unexpected urban garden! Fascinating on your corporate sponsorship as well. Thank you for following Bravura Phil on Twitter and introducing so much to others about Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as an off-shoot. Best, Sandra

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi Brendan,
    I’ve got an enquiry about trumpet lessons- could you email me.
    Regards,
    Andrew

  3. Simon Porter says:

    Brendan Ball – Royal College of Music legend. If you could survive a 3 day “Brendan Bender” you could survive anything. Goes without saying brilliant trumpet player too. Rhys and Brendan playing together – awesome.

  4. Sheridan Fryer says:

    The video of Jim Shepherd playing Pandora at Uppermill Civic Hall was not in 2008. How do I know ?. On back row 3rd. cornet is Peter Moorcroft, Peter sadly died in 2000, so it was sometime before then, possibly 1998 and Jim would be in his early 60’s.

  5. Anita Royal says:

    Hello Brandon- very excited I found you! I was in London in Oct and would love to come back for an extended stay. Starting a new blog all about jazz in Los Angeles! Not up yet but I’ll let you know when!!! It’s called Ten Cent Radio. Be well – talk soon. Anita

  6. Frank Chalmers says:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chetslifetimes-Chethams-Alumni/211401108942190

    follow this link for chets alumni news and networking – you can add to the growing archive of personal experiences about your life at chets…..chets makes the world smile!

  7. JohnDurrant says:

    Hi Brendan ,good to see that you are going strong . I am still playing,conducting and teaching the odd person and riding horses . I had a couple of years off in the early noughties which did’nt do me any harm at all but I am back to it now and will be setting up a website this year to help with my long distance students . I recently met a chap who you may recall whilst having a couple of days with Clare in Scarborough-Mark Addison who was playing very nicely in the Spa Orchestra such great endurance and a lovely p control . He reminded me of the successes we had at Chets all those years ago Drop me an email if you have time . Best Wishes
    John Durrant

  8. Joshua Nevett says:

    Hi Brendan,
    I’m a journalism student at Liverpool John Moores University; I read the article about your involvement with ‘Treasured’ on the Liverpool Echo website and would love to write a similar piece for the JMU Journalism website. This would involved a short interview that could be be conducted via email or in person, whatever suits you best. The article could be potentially published on the JMU Journalism website and counts towards my portfolio, it would be much appreciated if you could get back to me and let me know if you’re up for going ahead with this article. My email address is joshuanevett@hotmail.co.uk, just send me an email if you’re interested.
    Many thanks,
    Joshua Nevett

  9. Chris Helme says:

    Hello Brendan – Just stumbled across website I put a search in for my Sunday Bandstand and up popped your website with reference to Derek Garside’s birthday tribute I did.

    Regards

    Chris Helme

  10. Morten Bekkevold says:

    Hello.
    As a trumpet nerd i have been reading your blogg with very big enthusiasm. Especially your writing about trumpet playing. Warm thoughts about practising etc. I have also played this instrument for many years and are still searching to be better, finding new ways to be a better musican.
    And the stories about musicans like Mr Wilbraham, Mr Mason etc are wounderful!
    Thank you for a nice blogg.
    Very bad English but I hope you understand
    Best wishes fom Morten

  11. Morten Bekkevold says:

    MY English is bad not yours.
    Sorry

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  13. Brian Melling says:

    Have you read obituary of Roger Best ,

    viola player born Liverpool 1936 ?

  14. Brian Melling says:

    Libor Pesek conducted at Warwick Arts on Saturday 16th November Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Wonderful brass section. Just bought 1989 recording by RLPO of Britten with Libor Pesek conducting ! Brill Re- released on Virgin 2013

  15. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks Brendan. Delighted to have found your blog and I’ll be back to read more. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin!).

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