David Quinlan

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

Soprano Cornet: Regent Brass

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

Ski 2017 La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand

When you find a product or service that works every time why change.  I’ve been using Ski Weekender for annual ski trip since 2009 so when my brother suggested we take a trip this year to celebrate his 40th birthday, it was a no-brainer.  My usual ski buddy, my brother-in-law Tom wasn’t allowed come this year, or something (Disney related trip with family…) Ski Weekender operate out of St Jean de Sixt, which is 5 minute drive from La Clusaz and Le…

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Bar Musical Society – Childrens Concert

The Bar Musical Society present a Children’s Concert in Middle Temple Hall where Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Ravel’s Mother Goose suite will be performed.  The concert, conducted by Nikolas Clarke will be narrated by Sir Richard Stilgoe.  Audience are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during the concert. Venue & Tickets: Sunday 20th November, Midday. Concert Tickets £10 for adults, free for children (more details here)  

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NLSO Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony

The North London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Ben Glassberg return to the URC Church in Palmer’s Green to bring a concert featuring works by two giants of Russian Music.  Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, first performed in 1878 it sometimes is receives the nickname “Fatum” or “Fate”! As a trumpet player, this is one of the more exciting symphonies to play, in particular the opening movement fanfares where it is said that Tchaikovsky unleashes the musical equivalent of lightning bolts: two short…

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Fontebussi Tuscan Fitness

Fontebussi Tuscan Fitness Holiday

This year for our summer holiday Mrs Q and I decided to split our holiday between two destinations.  Both of us practice Yoga so we thought it would be a good time to go on a Yoga / Fitness break.  After some searches on the web Mrs Q found a company that offered short term fitness breaks including Yoga in Tuscany.  As neither of us had visited Tuscany before, this was a good opportunity for us to experience it’s food,…

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Out of the Ashes Epiphoni Consort

Out of the Ashes – Epiphoni Consort – Islington Proms

A programme of music and readings marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Part of the Islington Proms season.  The programme features music by Morley, Byrd, Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, Bainton, Bairstow and Parry.  Excerpts from the diary entries of Samuel Pepys and poetry extracts from Dryden and others.  The singers will be joined by The Epiphoni Players in orchestrated arrangements of works by Purcell, Mozart, Haydn and Parry, including the latter’s I Was Glad. 7:30 pm, Saturday,…

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The Battle of the Somme Lewisham Broadway Theatre

On Friday 30th September the Lewisham Local History and Archive centre will be presenting the iconic 1916 silent film The Battle of the Somme with live orchestra playing a modern score in the Broadway Theatre, Lewisham. This event is being presented as part of the Somme100 FILM project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme.  The film will be accompanied by The Angel Orchestra conducted by Peter Fender.  I am really excited to be part of this…

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Prudential Ride London

Prudential Ride London 2016

This year I won a place in the ballot to ride in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike ride.  Having previously participated in the London to Brighton rides on my Marin Nail Trail, for this ride I thought it would be much better and more comfortable to purchase a proper road bike.  After some research and online browsing I chose an entry level Chris Boardman bike from local Halfords, quite a bargain too as it was on sale, being last years…

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Kolbuszowa Folk Museum Poland

Folk Museum Kolbuszowa – Poland

In July of this year I went on a long weekend concert trip with Regent Brass to attend the Summer Trumpet School at Kolbuszowa in Poland.  During our time off between rehearsals, mixing with the students and staff at the summer school, concerts.. and the odd trip to sample the local beer (and homemade vodkas), we were given a tour of a local attraction, the Folk Museum. The weather was changeable that morning (sunny, cloudy, rainy, thunder showers..), but it…

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Recording Session for Helen Power’s Debut Album

On Saturday 27th I had the pleasure of spending some time in the studio to record some trumpet lines for Mrs Q’s debut album.  After much delaying, Helen has finally got around to kicking off this project big time.  I am not going to spoil anything by revealing much about the album content, that wouldn’t be fair, you can probably guess if you know Mrs Q’s vocals, that they will be impeccable, and there will be a fair chunk of…

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Concert For Europe - St Sepulchre - July 30th 2016

Concert For Europe – Beethoven 9th Symphony

I am very pleased to get the opportunity to play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at forthcoming “Concert For Europe” concert in St Sepulchre Church on July 30th. The Orchestra and Choir will meet up for first time on the morning of the concert to rehearse this work, culminating with an evening concert. In the spirit of unity and celebrating all that is good in Europe, professional and amateur players and singers are coming together for a special performance of Beethoven’s Symphony…

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