David Quinlan

Software Engineer, Geek, Trumpet, Interested in Cooking, Photography, Skiing, Running, Yoga, various other things, Cancer Survivor.

Trumpet: City of London Symphonic Winds, North London Symphony Orchestra

Festival Music with City of London Symphonic Winds

For the final concert of the 2018 season, CLSW have engaged Paul Archibald as MD.  I played under Paul for the last few years at Regent Brass and am very much looking forward to this series of rehearsals and forthcoming concert. Again, the repertoire is a mix of music that I’m familiar with from the Brass Band world, and music new to me. Concert Program: Gregson – Festivio Grainger/Wilson – British Waterside Grainger/Wilson – The Cutting of the Hay Ellerby…

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Another Band

So, last night I played with Hitchin Band for the first time, and this got me thinking, what is my “band count” up to now. Here goes.. the list as I can remember… St Patrick’s Brass Band (now City of Waterford Brass) Mount Sion Silver Band Massed Bands of Waterford New Ross Silver Band Clonakilty Brass Band (I seem to remember doing a gig with them) Manx Concert Brass Manx Youth Band Crosby Silver Band (I seem to remember a…

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CLSW Warren Barker Concerto

Warren Barker, Concerto for Cornet, Flugelhorn & Trumpet

Finally getting around to sharing this video.  I played this concerto earlier this year (June) with the City of London Symphonic Wind Orchestra, conducted by Adam Cooke.   I’d never heard of the work prior to receiving an email from music selection team at CLSW to say, we’ve found a trumpet concerto… so it went from, send it over to appearing on full in the next concert. It was quite a challenge to get into the style of each movement…

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Ride London 2018 Done

So, after countless sunny days, many training rides in the heat… it only tipped it down on the day, more or less all day.  It almost but didn’t break my spirit on the day… all I had to do was think back 12 months ago and remind myself that I followed the event from hospital bed, probably receiving blood transfusions that day also.  Crossing the finish line was special.. but not as special as the roar from the support team…

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Prudential Ride London 2018 Bloodwise

Time to officially announce our second fundraiser for Bloodwise.  I am riding the Prudential Ride London 2018 on July 29.  This will be my second time riding this fabulous event.  Last year, I followed the action from my bed in Barnet Hospital when I was in for my first spell with infections related to my Hairy Cell Leukaemia.  I followed the action using the official ride app, where I’d configured it to follow my father-in-law, Julian, Tom, my brother-in-law and…

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Bloodwise Tea with the Girls

On bank holiday May 7th MrsQ hosted the first of our fundraisers for Bloodwise “Tea with the Girls! (Not just for Girls).  On what turned out to be the hottest day in London this year so far, we setup the garden with as many tables and chairs as we could find. On the Menu we had:- Carrot Cake – Hummingbird Bakery Rich Chocolate Cake Rhubarb and Custard Cupcakes (with our own homegrown Rhubarb) Raspberry and Coconut Cheesecake (Vegan, gluten and dairy…

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Finished Medication back to normal!

So, earlier this week, after 6 months… I’ve finished taking daily medication as part of my treatment for Hairy Cell Leukaemia.  Another milestone… 26 weeks of daily and weekly meds… here are the numbers.. 3 daily – 546 tablets , plus 4 weekend – 208 tablets I suppose in the grand scheme of things, and the nature of Hairy Cell Leukaemia (being one of the least nasties), I got off lightly, given what I hear others have to endure! In…

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Iconic Music for Winds – City of London Symphonic Winds

City of London Symphonic Winds start their 2018 season with a program of music titled “Iconic Music for Winds”.   There is a change of MD for 2018 this year with Alan Duguid taking the baton for the first concert of the year, David Smith having stepped down in style after Novembers performance of Nigel Clarke’s “A Richer Dust”.  I know Alan for a number of years, having previously being MD at Regent Brass. The feature picture above was taken at…

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Corinthian Chamber Orchestra – St Martin in the Fields

For my first concert of 2018 I have been asked to play with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra.  I played with them in December 2016 ago as a very last minute 3rd Trumpet in Sibelius 2, which was a really good concert. For this concert, I’m only involved in the one work, the Stravinsky Dances Concertantes. Corinthian Chamber Orchestra St Martin-in-the-Fields  

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In Remission from Hairy Cell Leukaemia

On Monday 8th January 2018, 176 days after diagnosis, I was declared in remission from Hairy Cell Leukaemia by my consultant. It is quite difficult do describe my emotions on hearing and absorbing those words. Relieved, grateful, thankful .. a time for celebration, well, not quite, it didn’t feel that way. Being mindful as we’ve learned during this process that 1400 (approx) people on daily basis are diagnosed with one of the 130 varieties of blood cancer, celebration of remission…

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