Category Archives: About Brendan Ball

Personal Information and none specific Blog of a ‘man about town’

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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Stravinsky Tells It How It Is!

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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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Brendan’s Current Daily Routine!

I have succumbed to the most  popular enquiry on here. ‘What stuff do you practice?’ Things have changed a lot recently and I have been travelling much more than usual. In two months, I have been to Scotland four times, … Continue reading

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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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