Practising practice

This is a short summary of a presentation that I was privileged to be invited to give just over a month ago to some of my colleagues on the subject of managing practice. That is; the practice of practise. Apparently they found this collection of these ideas quite inspiring and motivational, so I have decided to share … Continue reading Practising practice

How to train your 2nd cornets

As a busy summer of marching looms again, a fresh set of marches have found their way into the repertoire. This one, 'Great Big David', has a predictably Welsh theme to it, and features the tune 'David of the White Rock' in the trio section. Tidy. Nothing remarkable so far. It's a march. It's Welsh. Woop de doo. So … Continue reading How to train your 2nd cornets

The p-Lur project – Part 2: Raspberry Pi

I've spent most of today blowing raspberries down a piece of pipe. This is actually what I do for a living, but today it has mostly sounded like that was what I was doing. Normally I'd hope it sounds a bit more like music. Today, it has all been a bit different: Since the first post on this project, … Continue reading The p-Lur project – Part 2: Raspberry Pi

The p-Lur project – part 1

This is my first post on what will be an insight into my latest project; the p-Lur. Since demand for Lurs is probably not that great, this is more of an experiment for personal satisfaction than any kind of commercial venture. However, I am currently writing a Viking-inspired piece for my group æðelfrìth which I hope … Continue reading The p-Lur project – part 1

The diaphragm delusion

"Use your diaphragm!" ...said a brass or vocal teacher, somewhere, always. The response from the student; nearly always puzzled, if not nodding quietly to mask confusion and/or risk of suggested ignorance. This well used phrase may be yielding results from some students. Yet, I don't know of anyone that I have met who can knowingly … Continue reading The diaphragm delusion


Last Friday I had the pleasure of spending time again in a class with Anthony Plog, trumpet lecturer and scholar. A true thinker of the trumpet world, and of music and life practice generally. He has his own very interesting blog at, so what I write here is an interpretation of his brief and … Continue reading #Plogisms

Pacho Flores – ‘Cantar’

Sometimes there is talent in the world that doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. Fortunately, in the age of blogging and social media, the power to elevate that talent now lies with us and to a lesser extent with the corporations who will continue to flex their financial muscles to force exposure and airplay. … Continue reading Pacho Flores – ‘Cantar’

The British Cornet Sound

Having been working on core sound recently with a number of students, I have been trying to reference where my idea of sound has been developed from. These examples are my ideals and inspiration for the perfect modern British cornet sound. These players have been some of my personal heroes from day one, and some of the great talents … Continue reading The British Cornet Sound

A week on wheels

It's been over three weeks now since I rode into Hull after six days on the saddle. I'd spent the past 250+ miles wondering how I might feel at the sight of the Humber bridge, and at no point did I expect the tide of emotion that welled my eyes at this point. Neither did … Continue reading A week on wheels