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

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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Paris – April 2017 – Easter Break

I’ve had the fortune to visit Paris on a number of occasions, until recently, always either destination for, or passing through some band related trip, so it was great to return as a tourist and spend some time in the city. (I’m not including spending hours waiting in Gare du Nord waiting to catch snow train to Moutier…. that is another story!) The first time I visited was in 1985 when as part of an epic trip by our school…

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North London Symphony Orchestra – Harold in Italy

The North London Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of 2017 will be held on 1 April, where we are delighted to present a performance including Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with internationally-renowned soloist Roger Chase. 7:30pm Saturday 1st April 2017 United Reformed Church, Palmers Green, N13 4AL J STRAUSS: Overture “The Gypsy Baron” STRAVINSKY: Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy (Soloist: Roger Chase) Conductor: Robert Max Book now Tickets can also be obtained, subject to availability, at the door…

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Regent Brass – Pre-Contest Performance Lawrence Hall UWL

Regent Brass team up with their sister band Regent Community band to take the opportunity to run through their respective set test pieces for the forthcoming London & Southern Counties regional Brass Band contest.  Under the baton of Nick Thompson the band will perform the set test, Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke.  Regular band Musical Director Paul Archibald will take the helm for a performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Suite for Brass.  Regent Community Band, conducted by…

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Noel and Gertie

With Mrs Q (Helen Power) about to embark on 2017 UK tour of Noel and Gertie, I thought I would use the opportunity to share some pictures I took while Helen worked on this show previously in Frinton-On-Sea in 2014.  I was allowed take pictures on same day the official photographer was in, which was fun. The show, or more correctly a Musical Review, by Sheridan Morley is drawn from the songs, letters, poems, films and diaries of Noel Coward, reflecting…

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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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