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The Great Derek James – RIP

Derek James – formerly 1st trombone in the LPO, Royal Opera House and RPO. Sadly passed away last week at age 86 – a great hero to many of us. Here are some thoughts about professional music making from one … Continue reading

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Andrew Manze And The RLPO…

The RLPO have been working with the renowned international British conductor, Andrew Manze for the last two weeks. Andrew is always eagerly anticipated. His musicianship, scholarship, expertise and wonderful manner with musicians is always an absolute pleasure. What a joy! … Continue reading

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James Horner – Hollywood Legend and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra!

The RLPO has just performed two concerts to packed audiences for the reopening of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We played the same programme for both shows, Debussy ‘Iberia’; Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony and the world premiere of ‘Pas de Deux’ by Hollywood … Continue reading

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Hooray! The All New Liverpool Philharmonic Hall!

Well, this is a very exciting day! Having been closed for six months, Liverpool Philharmonic is reopening this evening at 5.30pm to the public for our 7.30pm concert. Stage one of the £14million redevelopment is complete and the Royal Liverpool … Continue reading

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James Horner And The RLPO…

Hollywood composer James Horner whose Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra will be premiered in Liverpool Credit: Sylvia Wells By Catherine Jones – Liverpool ECHO He’s worked on some of the biggest movies to come out of Hollywood in … Continue reading

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James Morrison – Trumpet Star of the Sydney 2000 Olympics!

Here is the great Australian trumpeter James Morrison opening the 2000 Sydney Olympics with this unbelievable fanfare… I saw Mr Morrison at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in the 80s and he was astonishing. He played a mean trombone, too!

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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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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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Casino Royale sessions – What a Trumpet Section!

THIS BLOG-POST HAS BEEN RE-POSTED! Previously it ‘crashed’ two other people’s computers. It doesn’t do that anymore… honest… I was chatting with my old, dear friend Aneel Soomary, the trumpet virtuoso and recording artist working out of Vienna, on Skype. … Continue reading

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