The Messiah – Happy 175th Birthday Royal Liverpool Philharmonic!

10933922_10153067679353453_9104199673836061714_nHappy birthday! Today is exactly 175 years since the founding of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. To celebrate, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Britain’s oldest orchestra, by the way!) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir are giving our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The concert will be conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann.

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A star studded line up had been assembled for this very special occasion.

Nathalie Stutzmann conductor
Susan Gritton soprano
Gaia Petrone alto
John Mark Ainsley tenor
Brindley Sherratt bass

Brendan Ball solo trumpet!

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One of our Xmas children’s concerts – squint and you can see Santa! – Photo by Mark McNulty

Incidentally, we had more than the usual two trumpeters on stage as tenor John Mark Ainsley and bass Brindley Sharrett also play the divine instrument. In fact Brindley, who began playing cornet in a Manchester Salvation Army band, went on to study trumpet at the Royal Academy of music with William Houghton and John Wilbraham before turning his attention to singing. Prior to that he studied trumpet at Salford Technical College (now university) with former RLPO 2nd trumpet Des Worthington. Amusingly, Brindley remarked that when he was able to play the trumpet part in ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’ he couldn’t sing the bass part and now that he can sing the bass part he can’t play the trumpet solo!

Myself Playing The Trumpet Shall Sound with Bass Brindley Sheratt. Brindley is sitting next to Tenor Mark Ainsley. Both are also trumpeters!

Myself Playing The Trumpet Shall Sound with Bass Brindley Sheratt. Brindley is sitting next to Tenor John Mark Ainsley. Both are also trumpeters!

The first occasion the trumpets play in The Messiah is no.17 ‘Glory To God’. This is to be played ‘lontano’ so we normally play it off stage at The Phil. Nathalie Stutzman only wanted the first two phrases played in this manner so we had to process rather rapidly down hill to the next music stand, visible to the left, then make a rather rapid exit off the stage altogether until the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ an hour later! ‘For extra theatre’, she said.

Our first pit stop in Glory To God. The second is down hill to the left...

Our first trumpet pit stop in Glory To God. The second is down hill to the left…

Even the local venders are joining in the celebrations!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

CLICK HERE TO SEE LIVERPOOL ECHO SHARE MEMORIES OF THE PHIL

Throughout 2015, our friends at Classic FM will be broadcasting an exclusive, The Full Works concert, every Friday at 8pm with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko and international guest conductors and soloists.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Blog – Classic fm/The Full Works

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A different shot of The Trumpet Shall Sound

Well, hopefully the standing ovation at the end of the performance will ensure many, many more years of music making for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Also, hopefully the cheers for Nathalie Stutzmann from choir, orchestra and audience will ensure that she returns many times too.

Cheers!

LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATING 175 YEARS

REVIEW – ALFRED HICKLING – GUARDIAN

REVIEW – CHRIS HIGH – CLICK LIVERPOOL

The RLPO now have a few days doing concerts as part of our Classic fm series and then we go straight into preparation for our forthcoming tour of Japan. We leave for Japan on January 20th…

About brendanball

Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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One Response to The Messiah – Happy 175th Birthday Royal Liverpool Philharmonic!

  1. Robin Bloxsidge says:

    A Very Happy Birthday Indeed!!

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