Cracking Advice From Ian Bousfield…

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Carolling Brass…

“Stick to the script Bob Cratchet…nowhere does Dickens mention Christmas Day off AND two weeks before it, to go carolling!”10420392_316097525260752_3220941710558333412_n-2

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The Pen Factory…

Paddy Byrne - owner of the marvellous new Pen Factory on Hope Street, Liverpool.

Paddy Byrne – owner of the marvellous new Pen Factory on Hope Street, Liverpool.

Good luck to my good pal Paddy Byrne today as he opens his brand new restaurant, bar and meeting place on Liverpool’s Hope Street at 5pm. The new place is situated right next door to The Everyman Theatre, the Bistro of which Paddy ran for over forty years until the theatre bought it prior to the recent renovation. It is called The Pen Factory because that is what the building used to be!


I played trumpet when Paddy’s Bistro closed and here’s what CAMRA Merseyale Magazine says about the closure


Me posing with someone else's BAFTA Award for poetry!

Me posing at the opening do for The Pen Factory with someone else’s BAFTA Award for poetry!

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Busy Day At The Office…


A musical hospital chef – he used to play in the Youth Orchestra!

Monday was a busy day for Chris Morley (Bumper French Horn), Simon Cowen (Section Leader Trombone) and myself. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra had a day off but, as they say, there is no rest for the wicked! Our trio spent five hours in Aintree Hospital, the biggest in Europe, to entertain the hardworking staff there. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has donated £250,000 to The Phil.unnamed-20 The proviso to the very generous donation is that the money is to be spent encouraging new audiences from either disadvantaged backgrounds and those on incomes that are not generous who wouldn’t normally come to events at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We play music and our staff sign up the hospital workers to receive free tickets for themselves and their friends and family. Champion!unnamed-22This is the third day we have spent in hospitals, the trio having already performed in Liverpool Royal Hospital and Broad Green Hospital. The scheme, called Leap Into Live Music, has proven to be a big success and we will be giving more performances.

As is five hours playing wasn’t enough already for one day, we then went to Liverpool United Reformed Church to give a concert with Greenalls Brass Band to raise money for charity for the Liverpool Rotary Club. I turned out to be the guest soloist and played Percy Code’s ‘Zelda’ to a packed house…unnamed-19

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The Formula For A Happy Weekend…


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Brass Ensemble At Woolton Picture House…


Harry and his friends were throwing a party at Woolton Picture House today. There were food, drink, ice creams and great company on offer in Liverpool’s oldest cinema. unnamed-11 Continue reading

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Horn Humour !

I just saw this on Facebook and fell about laughing.

For the enrichment of horn players’ lives everywhere!

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White Cliff At East Village…

unnamed-7 I had a great time last night at the East Village venue in Seel Street, Liverpool. The amazing White Cliff, of which my eldest son is a member, were performing a gig. The band have been signed, have a great single out and are releasing their first album very soon. Continue reading

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Symphonia Domestica – RLPO

This evening will see our new stage and refurbished hall at Liverpool Philharmonic hall get a nice, big test as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as we celebrate one hundred and fifty years since the birth of Richard Strauss with a performance of his massive Symphonia Domestica. This piece, depicting twenty four hours of family life within the Strauss household, is immense fun to play and just about everyone has some great solos to play. We will be squeezing eight horns onto our stage (pictured).10655444_857668417610682_5745691048604446330_o

>!–more–>Also on the programme will be Gershwin’s ‘An American In Paris’, with the four saxes included, the waltz from Shostakovich’s ‘Jazz Suite and the ‘Saxophone Concerto’ by John Adams featuring American Tim Mcallister as soloist. The concert is entitled ‘Sax In The City’.

Tim Mcallister

Tim Mcallister


The Symphonia Domestica French Horns pictured in our sumptuous backstage area after the gig!

The Symphonia Domestica French Horns pictured in our sumptuous backstage area after the gig!

“… If you could hear a sound from space, then it might well be the RLPO’s performance of the final movement of Strauss’ Symphonia Domestica.”


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Pimp Your Trumpet !


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