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About brendanball

Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.

Sibelius & Busoni

Busoni and Sibelius, dedicated drinking buddies. Apparently Henry Wood had to send spies out to keep tabs on them when they were in London so they didn’t miss the gig. They look like absolute rogues – love it.

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Peter Skellern – A Lovely Story

I was saddened to learn about the passing of singer/pianist Peter Skellern. I first came across his work on live television on Nationwide and recordings with the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band. Here is a lovely story from his time at … Continue reading

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The Diaphragm – A Short Film

A fascinating film posted by The Surgery, on Facebook. It shows the diaphragm functioning. Very interesting for those interested in pulmonary function etc.

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Wonderful film – trams in 1929 Liverpool

Wonderful film! Bustling pavements, human billboards, and Marks and Spencer are all on show as you ride the tram through Liverpool in 1929.  

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Ah, That’s Better!

Now I don’t have to tear the difficult passages out of the Arban Cornet Method!

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Original Edition First Page…

It is interesting to note that this famous tome appears to have been written for military use.

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Is this the real life, or is this just tapestry…

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Inauguration Day Bugler!

Hilarious!

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Canadian Brass Play ‘Strobe’ By Deadmau5

The boys from the legendary Canadian Brass sent me this today… “Strobe” by Deadmau5, arranged for Canadian Brass by Chris Coletti, trumpet Recorded at the York School in May, 2013, released in Jan, 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary. … Continue reading

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Mick Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony OrchestraWarms Up in La Scala.

What a fabulous photo! The legendary Mick Mulcahy of the CSO warms up in La Scala, Milan, on the latest leg of the Chicago’s 2017 European tour. Click here to visit Mick’s website and find out more about one of … Continue reading

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