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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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‘Mysteries of the Horizon’ – Brendan’s latest concerto recording !

Last year I had a new concerto release on cd. The concerto, by brilliant, Belgium-based British composer Nigel Clarke, is entitled Mysteries of the Horizon and is for Solo Trumpet and wind band. I have just begun experimenting with SoudCloud … Continue reading

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A Merry Xmas To All And Peace On Earth…

Trumpeter Brendan Ball and organist Ian Tracey perform Silent Night as part of their Christmas Singalong Lunchtime Concert, Thursday 19 December, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Film by Mark McNulty Brendan Ball is sponsored by LIVERPOOL ORGANIC BREWERY

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RLPO – Czech Republic Tour 2015 Day Three – Prague Spring Festival Closing Concert

The above photo is the view from my hotel room. It is not a great picture because I can’t open the window but I just wanted to show you how blue the sky is. The weather is fantastic but the … Continue reading

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RLPO – Czech Tour 2015 Day Two – Prague Spring Festival – Opening Concert

The sun is out and shining bright on day two of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic tour. I think I’ll walk in to work today! The Hotel Mozartava is just by Mozart Villa. The villa is now a museum dedicated to … Continue reading

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RLPO – Czech Republic 2015 Day One – Prague Spring Festival- A Free Evening!

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra set off at midday today for the first part of our June 2015 Tour to the Czech Republic. We had been frequent visitors to this most beautiful and friendly country over the years, including being … Continue reading

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RLPO – Czech Republic Tour – June 2015 – Preparing To Go!

This is my last day at home before the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra set off on tour to the Czech Republic tomorrow lunchtime. The RLPO have enjoyed two Czech Chief Conductors, Libor Pesek and Petr Altrichter, so as a result … Continue reading

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Happy 175th Birthday Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra!

Today, March 12th, is the 175th anniversary of the first concert given by the then Liverpool Philharmonic Society. Catherine Jones has written a splendid tribute in the Liverpool Echo today, detailing the highs and lows of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic … Continue reading

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RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Day Six – A Day Off In Tokyo!

Just before I go into the ins and outs of today’s free day, have a butcher’s at Nobuyuki Tsujii, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing Rachmaninov Concerto no. 3 in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall a couple of months … Continue reading

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4. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Otsu

The RLPO were up bright and early today to make our first ride on the famous Japanese Bullet Train. Very punctual and very swift! We travelled from the hotel by coach to Tokyo Station to get the train to Kyoto … Continue reading

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