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

Shostakovich 7th Symphony Philharmonia Britannica

On Sunday 8th May I will be playing with the Philharmonia Britannica where the sole item on the program will be Shostakovich 7th Symphony.  The Symphony is dedicated to the city of Leningrad as a symbol of the resistance shown by the residence during World War 2 and the siege of Leningrad in particular. Requiring a large orchestra, with extra brass, it is a particularly exciting and demanding work to play.  You can only imagine the effort required by the…

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Flying Scotsman at New Southgate

Let’s face it, we all know there are very few benefits to commuting into central London from the suburbs on a daily basis.  To see the Flying Scotsman in full steam on Thursday was a real privilege and huge thrill.  I was wearily going through my normal morning routine with BBC Breakfast TV on in the background when I spotted the news regarding it’s historic trip from London’s Kings Cross to York, departing at 08:40.  Being a regular commuter, I…

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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2016

Having participated in the London to Brighton a couple of times I decided it was time to go for a bigger event.  This year I have received a place to ride in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey.  Shame, I’ll have to buy another bike.. 🙂 I will be raising money for charity so be prepared to be pestered! Can I claim this ride as my first training ride??   First bike ride of 2016 snowy Hertfordshire fields… #mybasishabits #marinbikes #nailtrail #barnet #london…

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NLSO St James Muswell Hill

The North London Symphony Orchestra return to St James Church in Muswell Hill for their first concert of the 2016 season. This is also first concert in a new era for the orchestra since the retirement of long serving Musical Director David Lardi after the last concert of 2015.  Ben Glassberg takes the baton for his first concert with the NLSO. Date:    Saturday 19 March 2016 Time:    7.45 pm Venue:  St James Church St James Lane Muswell Hill London…

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Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra St Andrews Holborn

I am really excited to be playing with the Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra for their first concert in their 25th Anniversary season.  Playing new music, music that is new to me and music that I’ve wanted to perform for many years was too good an opportunity to turn down.  The concert will feature horn soloist Lizzi Tocknell who will premier BCO conductor, Michael Turner’s Horn Concerto as well as works by Gershwin, Lambert Britten and Copland. Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra Lizzi Tocknell horn Michael…

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City of London Symphonic Winds 10th Anniversary

First concert of the year in 2016 will be the City of London Symphonic Winds 10th Anniversary Concert.  The program is comprised of repertoire from our very first concert, (Holst, First Suite in E flat), transcriptions from playing members (Wilfred Heaton’s Toccata) other great works from the wind orchestra repertoire plus works from great English Composers. Concert Programme Edward Gregson: Festivo Wilfred Heaton: Toccata (trs. Alastair Wheeler) Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium Holst: First Suite in E flat Persichetti: Symphony…

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Into Space with City of London Symphonic Winds

This concert is set to be out of this world… sorry, couldn’t resist.  The final concert in City of London Symphonic Winds, “Into Space” season will feature music with an interstellar theme.  Conducted by David Smith, the program will include Philip Sparke’s Music of the Spheres, Nigel Clarke’s Gagarin, excerpts from Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite plus music from science-fiction films including Star Trek and ET.   When Sunday, November 1, 2015 4:30pm – All Ages Where St. Sepulchre (map) Holborn Viaduct London…

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Royal Parks Half Marathon 2015

I am running the Royal Parks Half marathon again this year, raising funds for Men United Prostate Cancer. Please donate by visiting my JustGiving page, or by SMS by:- TEXT : DQRP90 £5 to 70070 to sponsor me £5 About Royal Parks Half Marathon The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes place each October, starting and finishing in the stunning Hyde Park. Over 16,000 runners take part in the 13.1 mile route through Central London, taking in the spectacular sites of…

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How to hire developers

How to hire developers, why not do what Tivago has done! This appealed to my sense of mischief and belief that good developers are always curious, looking under the hood of what competitor sites or other sites from companies they admire are up to!

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Great Newham Run 2015 Completed

I participated the Great Newham Run on July 19th, completing the 10k course in 51:15 which wasn’t bad considering little training.  It was a great day, hotter than expected, very well organised, and the buzz as you entered the stadium for the last 300m was fantastic.  Recommend it to other runners!  The course takes you around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park used for 2012 games.  This year, still quite a lot of building going on but when park is finished it…

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