Oscar winning Herb Alpert Double…

Here is a double feature from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. the tunes are Spanish Flea and Tijuana Taxi. This short film, with animation by John Hubley, won an Oscar.

 

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Urban Farm 9/8/2014 – Today’s Pickings…

Some nice courgettes, runner & French beans, Jalapeno chillies, tomatoes & a cucumber!

Some nice courgettes, runner & French beans, Jalapeno chillies, a couple of peas, tomatoes & a cucumber!

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More Music, Less War!

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Trumpet Humour…

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White Cliff – The Latest Video!

My son is in a great band called White Cliff. All the members are studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Here is the latest video released by the band…

CLICK HERE FOR NEW WHITE CLIFF VIDEO

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Two Arban Studies For The Holidays…

I have a total of five weeks Summer holiday from the orchestra this year. I have always liked to play the trumpet a lot and have never been a player who just shuts the trumpet case at the commencement of the vacation and opens it again the day before work begins. After all, I took up trumpet playing because I like doing it!

In fact, I will probably do more practice during holidays because, without the distractions of work, I can really concentrate on my playing. I can address areas of technique, get repertoire ready for the RLPO next season, continue to improve solo pieces and learn new solo stuff for the coming year.

Whilst undergoing a heavy schedule of work, a professional trumpeter has to be careful to save his best ‘chops’ for the concert stage and not leave them behind in the practice room by overdoing things, even slightly. This, of course, is a difficult ratio to judge and if anyone knew the answer to what, how much etc they would be the best player in the world and the richest for selling the secret on.</p Continue reading

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Electronic Music Humour…

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RLPO – Petrenko – BBC Proms – Royal Albert Hall – 31/07/2014

RAH - The Royal Albert Hall

RAH – The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra travelled to London yesterday. The occasion was to take part in the prestigious music festival in the world, the BBC Proms. The concert had sold out well in advance, as do all RLPO appearances at The Proms and 5,000 people awaited the start eagerly. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and was televised for showing on BBC 4 this Sunday; programme to start at 7pm! The orchestra was conducted by Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, and included a blockbuster of a programme.

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Works on offer were the spectacular Festliches Praeludium by Richard Strauss which featured our internationally renowned organist and RLPC choir master, Ian Tracey on the spectacular Royal Albert Hall ‘Willis’ organ, the second biggest in the country. The organ Ian plays on a daily basis at Liverpool Cathedral, also built by Willis and Sons is the biggest!

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New Working Conditions…

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Urban Farm 2014 – July 27th First Tomato!

Very exciting times down on the Urban Farm. My first tomato is about a day off being ready. It is a ‘Moneymaker’ variety and is grown for reliable high yields. This also means the toms are now giving off a gas in the greenhouse called ethylene. This is a naturally occurring gas essential for ripening and means they should all start ripening at a fast rate now!

'Moneymaker' tomato. The first tomato of the season for me!

‘Moneymaker’ tomato. The first tomato of the season for me!

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