I am a professional classical trumpeter. All opinions, stories etc on this blog are my own and do not represent the views of any of my employers in any way! Please feel free to enjoy having a look around. 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. I teach trumpet for the University of Liverpool, the University of Wales [Bangor] and Liverpool Hope University. I also have extensive experience in teaching for other educational establishments and have tutored private students to an advanced standard for many years.
I play a lot of contemporary classical music professionally and work extensively as a solo trumpeter, especially in contemporary music and the realm of music theatre. The trumpet & organ recitals I have undertaken over the years with internationally renowned organist Ian Tracey have been attracting a lot of note and we will be releasing our first album later this year.
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. I like to live life to the full and become as involved as possible in the local area. My interests include fine dining, fine art, classic literature, theatre, cinema, poetry and culture in all it’s many varied guises. I live in the Georgian Quarter of Liverpool with Scooby the English Springer Spaniel.
“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?’