Double Bass Humour…

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Weltstadt ll – Full Video

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A Merry Xmas To All And Peace On Earth…

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet player Brendan Ball and organist Ian Tracey perform Silent Night as part of their Christmas Singalong Lunchtime Concert, Thursday 19 December, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Film by Mark McNulty

Brendan Ball is sponsored by LIVERPOOL ORGANIC BREWERY

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Not Just A Trumpet! – a short video extract

Here is a short extract from my recent solo trumpet show, ‘Not Just A Trumpet!’

The event took place in the brand new ‘Music Room’ at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on November 30th, 2015.

This is the introduction to the world premiere of Weltstadt ll by Anthony Gustav Morris for solo Morrishorn, 4ks film, actor, pre-recorded orchestra and electroacoustics. This was the second piece on the programme and also the second of four world premieres given on the night. We cut in as I am introducing Anthony and inviting him to the stage to address the audience about his music. This was also the world premieres of the film and Anthony’s invention, the Morrishorn.

Please feel free to watch and do enjoy!

Click on the link to be taken to Vimeo to watch the film. Don’t worry about the sorry stuff, the link will take you straight there…

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Brendan’s Latest Solo Project… NOT JUST A TRUMPET!

‘NOT JUST A TRUMPET!’

This concert will be a first for me. Just me and a trumpet versus the audience. No piano, no organ, no orchestra.

Just me!

It will take place on MONDAY NOVEMBER 23rd, 8pm in the brand new MUSIC ROOM in the recently refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.The event, entitled ‘Not Just A Trumpet!’, will feature no less than four world premieres from internationally renowned composers as diverse, talented and fascinating as can be. I will also be playing that timeless classic of  the electro-acoustic genre, ‘The Transistor Radio of Saint Narcissus’. The performance will include music with film, music with poetry, music with images, music with scripted narrative, music with pre-recorded brass ensemble, music with pre-recorded ‘tape’ and music with live electro-acoustics. There is also a well stocked bar!

Something for everyone, without exception!

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The programme is a very exciting one, including modern music which should have something to suit all tastes.

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Great Footage Of Besses o’th’ Barn Band…

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Musical Humour…

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The Way Of Things…

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RLPO Tour To Romania – 2015 – Blog 4

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It was yet more glorious weather on the day of our second and final appearance in Bucharest for the 2015 visit to Romania. The RLPO were free until 2.30pm so yet another day of exploring was in store for many.unnamed-2

The churches really are spectacular and worth a visit, even for the non-religious such as myself. They are true works of art and are so numerous. A lot of Romanians appear to be very devout and I saw many lying prostrate, praying on the church floors.unnamed-3

The pastry shops and bakeries are worthy of note too. The Romanians appear to go to great lengths to present everything as perfectly and spectacularly as possible. The tourism industry is booming here, which is no surprise.unnamed-9

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RLPO Tour To Romania – 2015 – Blog 3

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The RLPO toured Japan recently. Whilst there we had the luxury of playing several concerts in the afternoon, rather than the evening. This gives the musicians the evening off to explore all the sights and sounds etc. Normally, as here in Bucharest, our concerts are in the evening, so the free part of the day is in the morning. Of course, when having a good look around, we can see better in the morning. Also, for those who like a bit of night life (and a good lie in!), the many bars and restaurants are open well into the early hours of the morning.unnamed-6

We generally like to wander around nearby to the hotel and venue, with some wandering a little further afar, time willing. The food here is great! It is so well presented too. It rminds me a little of Germanic, Czech type of foods with a lot of grilled, roasted meats and hearty meat, bean stews and I also came across plenty of dumplings. Prices are very reasonable too. Bang goes the pre-tour diet!unnamed-6

This is Chris Morley, of the French horn section. Chris is a keen brass bandsman and is often pictured on tour in his Greenalls Brass Band t-shirt. Here he is on the steps of his new club, in Bucharest!unnamed-5

We had a late lunch. I enjoyed this terrific entrecote steak, with rosemary potatoes and salad. I can still taste it now!

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