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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…


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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.


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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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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RLPO – Cardiff Proms – 25th and 26th July 2014

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have just returned from performing two days at the Cardiff series of Proms concerts. We were conducted on this occasion, as on every appearance at the Cardiff Proms, by the founder and artistic director of the festival, Owain Arwel Hughes.


The concerts were in the wonderful acoustic of St. David’s Hall and consisted of a programme of Russian music, followed the next night by the Last Night Of The Welsh Proms. The weather outside was glorious as the UK is currently in the midst of a heat wave!

St David's Hall

St David’s Hall

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Redevelopment Of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall latest – 23/7/2014

For those of you who don’t know, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is currently closed for a major redevelopment and refurbishment. I was cycling past today and had to stop and take a photo as the whole of the back end of the building is now demolished! Work is definitely under way now…


Meanwhile the RLPO will be recording a children’s educational cd tomorrow before being whisked off to Cardiff for two nights at the Welsh Proms at St. David’s Hall. We will play an evening of Russian music and the Last Night Of The Welsh Proms. Next week sees the orchestra appearing at the BBC Proms in London at the Royal Albert Hall. The programme in London will be televised and will include the Festival Prelude and Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, followed by Elgar’s Second Symphony.

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