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I am a professional classical trumpeter. I work as a soloist, a chamber musician, in contemporary music circles, music theatre, with orchestras, as a teacher and I play concerts with the internationally organist Ian Tracey. I also spend a bit of time in the recording studio. As a result of all this, my blog is heavily influenced by these subjects, though not exclusively. All opinions, stories etc on this blog are my own and do not represent the views of anyone else!
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This is my scrapbook!
I studied at Chethams School of Music in Manchester, where I was a finalist in BBC Young Musician Of The Year. I completed four years undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar.
Teachers I have studied with include: David Mason, Michael Laird, Stanley Woods and John Wilbraham. As an educator, I tutor at three universities for other educational establishments, give classes, coach groups & ensembles and have tutored private students to an advanced standard for many years.
I spend a lot of my time commuting to work in Malta, Germany and the UK as well as other, diverse places. That may sound a little ‘international’ but that is what I do for my day job.
I do have a life outside professional trumpet playing, however! I am a very keen flower, vegetable and fruit gardener, ex-motorcyclist and regular cyclist. My interests include fine dining, fine art, classic literature, theatre, cinema, poetry and culture in all it’s many varied guises.
“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”
“Music is the heart of life,
as she speaks of love.
Without it there is no possible good
and with it all is beauty!” Franz Liszt
“Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all.”
Brendan Ball is sponsored by Liverpool Organic Brewery. Brendan is officially ‘The Liverpool Organic Brewery Trumpeter.’ Visit Liverpool Organic’s Website to see where you can buy this marvellous beer.
‘Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don’t like, it’s always by Villa-Lobos?’