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About brendanball

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

The Consequences Of Falling

A great piece from Ailís Ní Ríain. We toured ‘The Consequences of Falling’ as part of the Delia Darlings Tour 2013-2014. This extract was recorded during the gig in London 2014 at The Horse Hospital. The music was inspired by … Continue reading

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The Acrobat Challenge

Young trombone virtuoso, Stephen Sykes, is fighting for his life from a rare form of cancer. To help Stephen get treatment, trombonists and brass players from all over the world have been taking The Acrobat Challenge. This is my contribution… … Continue reading

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Watch Out! They’ll be ‘avin’ yer!

As much as one may dislike hearing people playing the bugle, I think this level of police intervention should be reserved for those found guilty of committing bagpipe practice. That’s the trouble with buglers: they’re only as good as their … Continue reading

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Stravinsky Tells It How It Is!

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Sound Advice From Wynton Marsalis On Attitude To Practice…

Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice As a boy growing up in New Orleans, I remember my father, Ellis, a pianist, and his friends talking about “sheddin’.” When they got together, theyʼd say, “Man, you need to go shed,” or “I’ve … Continue reading

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Contra Bass Trumpet

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Gracie Fields Train…

I arrived back from Germany the other day. I swapped the aeroplane for a train at Manchester for the last leg of my journey home to Liverpool. I was delighted to see that, although badly faded, the train was dedicated … Continue reading

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A Musical Joke…

Ben came into the house with a new harmonica. ‘Grandpa, do you mind if I play this in here?’ ‘Of course not, Ben. I love music. In fact, when your Grandma and I were young, music saved my life.’ ‘What … Continue reading

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