Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sweet Peas…

These have been a struggle this year, but it has been worth ‘wrestling’ with them. I only got the first flower a month late but they have finally got going. Such a beautiful flower, and great for attracting bees etc…

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RLPO opens the new Liverpool International Music Festival…

This weekend, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra opened the inaugaral Liverpool International Music Festival in the world famous surroundings of Sefton Park. The August public holiday weekend’s events have been a tremendous success, with hundreds of thousands enjoying the weather … Continue reading

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Never Mind All this Current Talk of the Eyes being just as important as Ears in music criticism…

Another excellent article by Dr. Dr. Noa Kageyama on his fabulous Bulletproof Musician Website…   Does Style Really Trump Substance? by Dr. Noa Kageyama · 8 comments I was five years old when I first played for Dr. Suzuki. I performed Corelli’s La … Continue reading

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Hey Ludwig, there’s an app for you…

  An article reproduced from the New York Times… Hey, Ludwig, There’s an App for You Curtis Institute of Music “I expected maybe 500 people would sign up,” the pianist Jonathan Biss, a teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music, … Continue reading

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The Fine Print Of Dvorak’s Contract

One of my favourite composers is Antonin Dvorak. Perhaps this is because we have long associations with several big time Czech conductors or maybe it is just his fantastic music. Here is a fascinating article, reproduced from the New York … Continue reading

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An Interview With Vasily Petrenko

From yesterday’s Telegraph… Vasily Petrenko: “We need to break the barrier between orchestra and audience” He’s the young Russian who transformed the sound of the Liverpool Philharmonic, becoming an ‘Honorary Scouser’ in the process. Now he hopes to do the … Continue reading

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South African Vuvuzela Philharmonic Angered By Soccer Games Breaking Out During Concerts

Hilarious article published in The Onion a while ago… South African Vuvuzela Philharmonic Angered By Soccer Games Breaking Out During Concerts     JOHANNESBURG—Members of the South Africa Vuvuzela Philharmonic Orchestra, widely considered to be among the best large-scale monotonic … Continue reading

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Swiss Alpine horn players break record on mountaintop

      A gathering of 508 alphorn players broke the world record for the largest ensemble of people playing the alphorn, on the Gornergrat in front of the Matterhorn mountain. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters) Posted by Reuters – 18 August 2013 … Continue reading

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Royal College of Music – Professor Ernest Hall

From 1984 -88, I studied at the Royal College of Music, for the most part with Professor David Mason, but also with Michael Laird and Stanley Woods. When David Mason was unavailable, the distinguished former Senior Professor, Richard ‘Bob’Walton would … Continue reading

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RLPO Trumpet Section…

The trumpet section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, hard at work after the Summer break, all studiously reading their International Trumpet Guild journals. The session is for a cd of the 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien, and a little known … Continue reading

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