Category Archives: About Brendan Ball

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

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

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The 2015 Musician’s Health Survey

“How old were you when you first experienced performance anxiety?” “What are the biggest contributing factors to any performance anxiety you might feel?” “Have you ever used beta-blockers for performance anxiety?” Presented all in one place, here are the preliminary … Continue reading

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The Royal Military School of Music…

We believe the above clipping relates to the following two pieces of information regarding the founding of The Royal Military School of Music in 1857 at Kneller Hall. The first from COMPOSERS’ FORUM Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

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The Infamous Timpani Part – Bruch Symphony no. 2!

Due to popular demand, I just thought I’d repost the well known segment from Max Bruch Symphony no.2. The timpani is in F & C and the point of interest occurs at letter K. o-iii<O

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Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You By Tom Barnes January 08, 2015 If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would “build character,” they were onto something. The Washington … Continue reading

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