Take A Big Breath!

 

One of many cartoon drawings by Peter Bond, trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Watch out for Peter’s new book on trumpet technique. Due soon…

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Trumpet Tips 4: Big News

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Brendan’s Current Daily Routine!

I have succumbed to the most  popular enquiry on here. ‘What stuff do you practice?’

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A Buccina in the Museum of Germanities – Stuttgart. One of the best musical instrument collections in Europe. I wonder what these would be like in The Pines of Rome?

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, Hof in Germany three times, Stuttgart, Nuremburg, Malta, Birmingham a couple of times, Manchester, London and,  oh yes, a couple of solo engagements and recording session in Liverpool of all places!

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Hedley Benson & I with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

I might add that I went from 20 degrees in Malta to minus twenty degrees in Hof, Germany, in January. That was a noticeable change!

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In the Walker Art Gallery with composer and long time collaborator Ailis Ni Riain

All this travel has meant that I have seen many new things and been forced to try lots of different food!

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The sad news is we had to say goodbye to Scooby in December. We will take a long time to get over him but he had a good life and was almost sixteen!

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Dizzy Gillespie Goes For A Snorkel!

The great John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie goes for a snorkel!C54i4LjWAAU8Ac0.jpg

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The Great Maurice Andre – An Interview

It is five years on since the passing of the great Maurice Andre. He was and remains, in the view of many, the greatest trumpeter of all time. Here is a film showing wonderful footage of the master giving an interview for French television.

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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 the Guildhall School of Music and Drama…

 

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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!

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

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