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Two Trumpet Legends…

Yesterday, I received the gift of a photo from the great John Gracie, recently retired Principal Trumpet of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The picture shows John (left), as guest Principal with the Philharmonia, sitting next to the legendary David … Continue reading

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A Piece Of Trumpet History…

What a great photograph! My old trumpet teacher, David Mason pictured with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Malcolm Sargent during rehearsals of Vaughan Williams 9th Symphony. The premiere of this work aroused a lot of interest, partly because of the … Continue reading

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RLPO In Malvern – 31/5/2014

Whilst our grade 2 listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is closed for a multi-million pond refurbishment, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been visiting places the length and breadth of the British Isles. Last week, the Perth Festival of The Arts … Continue reading

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Two ‘Chop Looseners (!)’ For Trumpet And Brass Players…

Sometimes an exercise is necessary after the tea or lunch break to get the lips vibrating quickly again. These are as good as any: I have heard the following two exercises played by many, many players. Exercise One – The … Continue reading

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Andrew Manze Conducts The RLPO

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are working exclusively with the hugely talented conductor Andrew Manze over the next two weeks. We are having a series of two week ‘Artist-In Residency’ programming slots this season. We have had Bryn Terfel already, … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect!

This page has been edited for bad language! This has been a tough week! A high profile solo gig in Birmingham, cornet in Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet etc several times, Ensemble 10.10 gigs (hard stuff, too!), Shostakovich/Berio/Britten programme, teaching and … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell At ‘The Phil’…

We don’t just have classical music concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We have jazz, rock, art, food, folk, speech… in fact something for everyone. Tonight was turn of Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell, promoting his latest book ‘David And Goliath’. Malcolm … Continue reading

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The James Watson Fund For Brass Players…

After the tragic early death of the great trumpet virtuoso James Watson two years ago, a special fund has been established to honour his memory and administered by the Royal Academy of Music. Here is the James Watson Fund news … Continue reading

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Blasts From The Past!

This photo takes me back! This was 1985 and we were in our first year at the Royal College of Music in London. Boosey & Hawkes sponsored a weekend for aspiring young brass players at Newnam Courtney (very posh manor … Continue reading

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Diana Damrau & RLPO album is top choice on Sinfini!

International Arts commentator Norman Lebrecht is waxing lyrically over the latest release involving the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The album ‘FOREVER’ out on the Erato label displays the lighter side of Diana Damrau, accompanied by The RLPO, conducted by David … Continue reading

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