Monthly Archives: April 2012

London Olympics policy ‘not’ to pay professional musicians. Boo!

The following post is re-posted from the ‘Corporate Watch’ website from April 5th 2012… “The organisers of the London Olympics have been happy to hand huge amounts of public money to multinational companies but are refusing to pay the musicians … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Maurice Andre

There is a festival of trumpets taking place in Caracas, Venezuela, this week to pay homage to the greatest trumpeter of our time.

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Do You Work For Free?

I was so impressed by Elizabeth Hobb’s response to the Evening Standard publishing that musicians should be happy to perform for free at the London Olympics 2012, that I decided to post it in full here. People out there need … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry defends classical music

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Vienna Symphony issues support against swingeing Dutch cuts to Orchestras

For any Dutch friends you may have, or better Dutch politicians you may know. A message from the Vienna Symphony in support against the cultural budget cuts. Remember – we’re all in this together!

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The Titanic 15/4/2012

One hundred years ago, in the early hours of the morning, eight brave musicians died doing what they did best- playing music, to try and calm passengers as the Titanic sank below the icy waves. They didn’t have to play- … Continue reading

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Maxim Vengerov – Czardas

As a brief interlude from all this brass player stuff, I thought I would post this fabulous live clip of Maxim Vengerov performing Czardas with Bassiona Amorosa. It’s just marvellous…

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Dizzy Gillespie

“My horn’s not nearly as weird looking as a French horn.” Dizzy Gillespie

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Learn to Play like Bud Brisbois!

I got this from my pal, over in France, Michel Laplace. The great Bud Brisbois demonstrates his awesome command of the upper register of the trumpet.

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Liverpool Artist Michael Pace-Sigge

I’ve just acquired the latest piece of artwork from German born, Liverpool Artist Michael Pace-Sigge. Check out Michael’s website to view some of his great pictures. http://tiny.cc/M4pictures

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