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Trumpet Class – Brendan Ball

Brendan Ball

Brendan Ball is the Liverpool Organic Brewery Principal Trumpet with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He gained his early musical education with the brass band movement in the North of England before winning a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester.Whilst at Chetham’s, Brendan was a brass finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and performed the Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Aroutunian. Further study took place at the Royal College of Music, as a Foundation Scholar. Brendan’s principal teacher at the RCM was Professor David Mason, the piccolo trumpet soloist on The Beatles’ Penny Lane. He also undertook studies there with Michael Laird, Stanley Woods and John Wilbraham.

Brendan has played with many of the leading orchestras, opera companies and dance companies in the UK and Ireland. He has also lived and worked with three orchestras in Spain and performed film, television and concert work in Paris, alongside touring Europe, Asia and the USA.

Of particular interest has been contemporary music and music theater. He has collaborated with many composers to present world premieres, forming a particular affinity with international award winning composer and wordsmith Aílís Ní Riain, whose solo trumpet writing has seen him undertake several UK tours, as soloist in a celebration of the career of Delia Derbyshire, several art installations, including the Durham International Arts Festival in 2012 as the atmospheric background to Intone, showcasing the work of award winning visual artist Nicola Dale. Brendan was the only live musician in TREASURED; a site specific music theatre production created by Director/Producer, Jen Heyes, This ninety minute giant spectacle, retelling the story of the Titanic, with words and music by Aílís Ní Ríaín, played to over four thousand people in a week in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. He has also worked extensively in the recording studio, having played for film, television, radio and commercial recordings in all genres.

Brendan has been involved in many world premieres and is an active supporter and participant in contemporary music. As a member of the award winning, cutting edge Ensemble 10.10 he has taken part in the promotion and creation of new sounds and performances all over the UK. Recent composers to write new solo works for Brendan have included Nigel Clarke, Anthony Gustav Morris, Aílís Ní Ríaín and Timothy Jackson. Plus, solo music for solo trumpet including poetry, music theatre, trumpet with film, trumpet with live narrative and trumpet with electro-acoustics. As a concerto soloist, Brendan has performed: Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 by J.S. Bach; the Trumpet Concerto by Leopold Mozart; both concertos by Michael Haydn; the concerti by Joseph Haydn and Hummel; the Neruda Trumpet Concerto and has participated in many performances of
the Concerto for two trumpets by Vivaldi. Performances of the Aroutunian Concerto for Trumpet have been acclaimed by both critics and audiences.

As a member of the world famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the British Isles, Brendan continues to tour the world and give concerts of music by the symphonic greats, educating young musicians of the future, playing new music and making award winning recordings.The collaboration between Brendan and internationally renowned organist Ian Tracey has seen them perform a whole range of programs in concert halls, churches and cathedrals; especially those which feature organs of historical or particular interest.

Brendan is delighted to announce the release of his latest solo recording on the Polyphonic Label (QPRM162D). The Trumpet/Cornet Concerto `Mysteries of the Horizon’ by Nigel Clarke accompanied by the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra under the baton of Clark Rundell). Other composers featured on the disc, Great British Music for Wind Band – vol, 21; are Martin Ellerby, Rob Wiffen, Duncan Stubbs and Nicola Renshaw