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One thousand miles for BloodCancer UK

Having signed up for the Prudential Ride London again this year for BloodCancer UK (formerly, Bloodwise), I had started the year with a training program in mind, penciled in a few sportive events (in fact, did the first of the year with UK Cycling Events). Then, Covid… To cut a long story short, the event has been cancelled. This is disappointing for lots of us cyclists, but really devastating for all of those charities that rely on such events (and…

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Music in Lockdown

Music during Lockdown

The last rehearsal I attended this year with Hitchin Band was (I think!) on 12th March. The planned rehearsals for the run up to the Area contest in Stevenage were cancelled due to the postponement of the Area contest. My last concert was on March 14th with Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra. What, no concerts? By now, I would have performed in many concerts, with Hitchin Band and a few other groups that I play regularly with. I read today that my…

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Time to say... Bocelli & Brightman

Time to say…

When people find out that both my wife, Helen and I are musicians, then find out we’re trumpet players, and then find out Helen is a professional singer, the next question usually is do we get to perform together often. Well, the answer is yes we do from time to time, in bands (wind band, brass band and occasionally orchestra if MrsQ gets time to write out the transpositions, typical brass bander…), but I rarely get the opportunity to be…

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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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NLSO – Dvorak, Bruckner and Beethoven

For the second concert of 2017 with North London Symphony Orchestra, we are delighted to present a programme including Bruckner’s dramatic 4th Symphony (Romantic), Dvorak’s sublimely melodic Violin Concerto (featuring soloist Mathilde Milwidsky, described by Maxim Vengerov as “an exceptional talent”), and Beethoven’s triumphal overture to “Fidelio”. Details & Programme: 7:30pm* Saturday 8th July 2017 St James Church, St James Lane, Muswell Hill, N10 3DB BEETHOVEN: Overture to “Fidelio” DVORAK: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Mathilde Milwidsky) BRUCKNER: Symphony no. 4 Conductor:…

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Green and Pleasant Lands with City of London Symphonic Winds

City of London Symphonic Winds present a concert of music with a theme “Green and Pleasant Lands” at St Silas Church , Penton Street, London N1 9UL.  Under the baton of MD David Smith, the band will play repertoire that illustrates or portrays the Green and Pleasant land that of Great Britain. Programme: Hoddinott – Welsh Airs & Dances Patterson – Lead, Kindly Light Hesketh – Diaghilev Dances Vaughan Williams – Flourish Jackson – Passacaglia Vaughan Williams – Linden Lea Ireland – Downland Suite…

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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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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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