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Cool!

The gates to the car park of the Estonian National Opera!

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How To Open Bottles Without Standard Opening Devices…

I know that the following posts have nothing to do with the RLPO or brass playing but I love my food and wine etc… Some great ways to open bottles of various kinds of beverages without the standard openers; plus … Continue reading

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The Great Arnold Jacobs…

“… If you play a brass instrument, you have been taught by him, even if you don’t realise it.” – the great Dale Clevenger

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Phil Parker Senior Flexibility Study

I am currently waging war on this blog against long trumpet warm ups. As a full time professional trumpet player I don’t see any need for long routines of pedal notes and lip slurs and other similar types of trumpet … Continue reading

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The Piano Tuner…

Here is one for Paul Morgan, Steinway’s piano tuner!

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The Horn Makers…

So that’s how they do it! Split one pearl one…

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Shostakovich at work!

A great photo from the archives of DCSH Shostakovich Journal showing the maestro at work in Mosfilm studio rehearsing the film music for “The Fall of Berlin”. 1949.

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Rolf Quinque/Ian Brown Study…

Those who read my posts about trumpet playing will already know that I am no great champion of over long ‘warming up’. During earlier periods of my career and as a student I adhered to many well known routines. For … Continue reading

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Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 – The Consequences Of Falling!

Great rehearsal with bassist Geth Griffiths tonight. We will be performing the work ‘The Consequences Of Falling’ by Ailis Ni Riain for solo trumpet and acoustic double bass specially commissioned for Delia Derbyshire Day in Manchester tomorrow evening… DELIA DERBYSHIRE … Continue reading

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A Great Study By Stan Woods…

I spent a wonderful final year at the Royal College of Music studying trumpet with Stanley Woods. Stan was Co-Principal Trumpet with the London Philharmonic  Orchestra at this time. Although he had previously been a principal trumpet he had a … Continue reading

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