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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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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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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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Royal College of Music – Professor Ernest Hall

From 1984 -88, I studied at the Royal College of Music, for the most part with Professor David Mason, but also with Michael Laird and Stanley Woods. When David Mason was unavailable, the distinguished former Senior Professor, Richard ‘Bob’Walton would … Continue reading

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Legendary Trumpet Quote…

“… What about doing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto?” – David Mason to the board of The New Philharmonia. Response – “We’ve already got one novelty item!”

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