Christmas Carol Challenge

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Check this!

Denson Paul Pollard, bass trombonist of the New York Met Opera. Incredible player, and someone who is becoming a YouTube hit, within the brass community. He posts informative videos which are really quite inspiring. Denson has over 20 videos on YouTube, from bass trumpet to euphonium – solo repertoire to orchestral excerpts. Definitely worth a watch and listen, some incredible playing is to be seen!

A little mention here for Clodagh Kennedy who I know follows this blog and I really think would be something interesting for her!

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Yet Another…

Once again another defiantly shameless plug! This time for some orchestral playing.

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (YMSO) did a concert last June which, in the second half, featured a selection of excerpts from Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Now, as  brass player… especially a LOW BRASS player this is almost as exciting as it gets! You are allowed to unleash yourself and absolutely go for it. Below is a link to a recording which is from this concert, with myself playing the Bass Trombone. Overall the concert was a great success, and it’s always lovely to play with YMSO as it’s made up of people from all the different music colleges. The trombone/ tuba section had RAM, RCM and Trinity Laban players.

March of the Montagues and Capulets

Thank you for reading, and listening! Hope you enjoy Romeo and Juliet.

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Royal Greenwich Brass Band @ Regents Hall – Friday 5th December

Lunchtime Concert
Royal Greenwich Brass Band presents:
“Christmas with the Band!”

A favourite selection of carols and christmas tunes are performed
by Royal Greenwich Brass Band on Friday 5th December, 13.00 start.
There will be a retiring collection for Regents Hall.

This is a press release created by Phil Entwistle for the upcoming concert on Friday.

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A biography is one of the most important things that is available in a person’s, especially performers, arsenal. It is often how you would first hear about them, and how you find out who they have worked for in the past. It is a musician’s CV.

This biography could be anywhere… Twitter for example…

Bass Trombone at Trinity College of Music. Pretend to play Euphonium and Tuba too. A very excitable Irish rugby supporter. Beer lover. Musician and Barman.

That is my ‘personal’ Twitter ‘biography’. Now just for a start there are multiple things which are wrong!

For starters:

  • I attend Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, not Trinity.
  • ‘Pretend to play’ – doesn’t exactly give out the right impressions
  • Do you/they want to know I like beer? Probably not.

Here is how it should be:

Phil Entwistle, 22 year old Freelance Bass Trombonist. Studying at @Trinity Laban. Euphonium and Eb/BBb Tuba. Brass teacher and workshop leader.

A much, much better snippet into the professional life of me!

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GMT Brass Ensemble – Bishop’s Stortford, Saturday 29th November

Please come along and join GMT Brass Ensemble this Saturday for a wide mixture of music. From John Rutter’s ‘Gloria’ to Saint-Saen’s ‘Organ Symphony’, there will be something for everyone!


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Royal Greenwich Brass Band @ St Alfege’s – 11th December, 13.05

Before you start you Christmas shopping, here’s a date for the diary! Brass Band plays at St Alf”s on Thursday 11th December – a great gig we do each year, which is always really well attended. Often local school’s bring along a couple of classes to come watch us perform a selection of Christmas themed pieces and some carols for everyone to sing along and enjoy!

It’s a while off yet but we had out first rehearsal on friday and beginning to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!


St Alfege Concert Series
THU 11 DEC 13.05h

A popular annual event at St Alfege with a selection of seasonal brass music, conducted by Stephen Maw.

St Alfege Church

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