‘Mysteries of the Horizon’ – Brendan’s latest concerto recording !

Last year I had a new concerto release on cd.

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The concerto, by brilliant, Belgium-based British composer Nigel Clarke, is entitled Mysteries of the Horizon and is for Solo Trumpet and wind band. I have just begun experimenting with SoudCloud and so I have temporarily placed a separate recording of each movement down below. Please feel free to have a listen…


Nigel Clarke and I recorded the work in one three hour recording session in the Concert Hall of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester in September 2015.

If you want a listen…

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Inauguration Day Bugler!


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Canadian Brass Play ‘Strobe’ By Deadmau5

The boys from the legendary Canadian Brass sent me this today…

“Strobe” by Deadmau5, arranged for Canadian Brass by Chris Coletti, trumpet

Recorded at the York School in May, 2013, released in Jan, 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary.

Players: Caleb Hudson, Chris Coletti, Eric Reed, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Chuck Daellenbach with special guest, Mike Herriott on jazz trumpet (Opening Day Entertainment Artist)

Session Producers: Willis Daellenbach and MB Daellenbach
Recording Engineers: Willis Daellenbach, Fabio Migotto, Rob Divito
Videographers: Christian Byrne and Austin Hitchcock
Stills: Christian Byrne, Kevin Tureski, Ian Johns of The York School

Mix Producer, Electronic Programming & Mix Engineer: Trey Mills
Video Editing: Justin Wiesinger for Intrinsic Media Group Trey Mills
Video Producer: Trey Mills

Director and Executive Producer: MB Daellenbach

The York School:
– Conor Jones – Head of School
– Hallie McClelland – Executive Director of Advancement (2013)
– Fabio Biagiarelli – Chair of Music Department
– Ian Johns and the support staff

Many thanks to The York School for their support of this project, for opening their doors on a weekend, and for enabling us experiment with this unique collaboration and crossover of genres.

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Mick Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony OrchestraWarms Up in La Scala.

What a fabulous photo!

The legendary Mick Mulcahy of the CSO warms up in La Scala, Milan, on the latest leg of the Chicago’s 2017 European tour.


Click here to visit Mick’s website and find out more about one of the greatest trombone players in the world.

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Tuba Humour…


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Trumpeter Swan


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How Pianists Dry Their Socks…


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The 2015 Musician’s Health Survey

“How old were you when you first experienced performance anxiety?”

“What are the biggest contributing factors to any performance anxiety you might feel?”

“Have you ever used beta-blockers for performance anxiety?”

Presented all in one place, here are the preliminary results of the 2015 Musicians’ Health Survey. More information will be presented by the Royal College of Music’s Centre for Performance Science at a later date. For more information visit http://composeddocumentary.com/2015-musicians-health-survey/


2015 Musicians’ Health Survey Press Release


To read the interview with Kayleigh Miller of the Musicians’ Health Collective click here

(below are some preliminary results, more to follow soon)

Posted by Composed: a documentary on Thursday, 12 January 2017

A 1987 study by the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) has stood for the past 28 years as the closest indicator of what’s happening within the American orchestra; it is long overdue for an update.  With the support of ICSOM, Composed sought out health professionals from the US, UK, and Australia, and worked with them to develop a new survey. The survey seeks to learn what has changed among musicians over almost 30 years, where performance fears come from, and what can be done to address them.  As a guest presenter of the 53rd annual ICSOM conference in Philadelphia, Composed director John Beder announced the launch of the 2015 Musicians’ Health Survey. The results will be analyzed and presented for publication by Professor Aaron Williamon and his team at the Center for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, London. ICSOM is the only organization of its kind, representing 52 orchestras and over 4,000 classical musicians in the US.

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The Royal Military School of Music…


We believe the above clipping relates to the following two pieces of information regarding the founding of The Royal Military School of Music in 1857 at Kneller Hall.

The first from COMPOSERS’ FORUM

Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

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Louis Armtrong recording “Satchmo Plays King Oliver”!

The New York Post published this film on 22nd April 2016.

Just wonderful!

Never-before-seen footage shows Louis Armstrong recording his 1959 album “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.”

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The Infamous Timpani Part – Bruch Symphony no. 2!

Due to popular demand, I just thought I’d repost the well known segment from Max Bruch Symphony no.2. The timpani is in F & C and the point of interest occurs at letter K.



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