Category Archives: About Brendan Ball

Personal Information and none specific Blog of a ‘man about town’

Busy, Busy, Busy…

After arriving back from China the RLPO were having a well earned rest from the 8th to 22nd October. Not for me, however. They say there is no rest for the wicked, after all! The day after arriving back I … Continue reading

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Tonights Office!

Sometimes some work comes along which makes it all such a pleasure! This evening, Ruth Davies and myself, from the RLPO went along to the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool to play some classical stuff for Liverpool Distillery’s ‘Gin … Continue reading

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The Hammer Blow Of Fate!

The final movement of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is punctuated by three hammer blows. Alma Mahler quotes her husband as saying that these were three mighty blows of fate befallen by the hero, “the third of which fells him like a … Continue reading

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Musical Humour!

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Rare Footage Of Shostakovich As Soloist In His Concerto For Piano, Trumpet And Strings

  Posted on August 19, 2014 by brendanball Here is some extremely rare film footage of Dmitri Shostakovich as the piano soloist in his own Concerto Opus 35 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Can anyone name the trumpet soloist? Yes … Continue reading

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More Music, Less War!

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Electronic Music Humour…

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New Working Conditions…

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Shostakovich On Duty As A Fireman – Leningrad 1941…

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Urban Farm 2014 – Cucumbers, Chillies And Peppers…

As stated in earlier posts, cucumbers are a new experience. I haven’t grown them before but they seem to be thriving in my newly constructed greenhouse. The two varieties I am trying this season are Burpless Tasty Green and Tasty … Continue reading

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