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Banned cricket trumpeter is a former Mahler star

The English cricket world was stupefied this morning when Billy The Trumpet Cooper, cheerleader to the Barmy Army, was banned from the Trent Bridge ground on the first  morning of the Ashes Test. Something to do with local noise rules.

Billy is a popular figure at England matches. Less known is his other life as trumpet player with leading orchestras, including a stint with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and regular freelance work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Klangforum Wien.

billy cooper

The good news is that other Test grounds have announced that Bill will be welcome to blast on England to victory.

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  1. Rosalind says:

    What a scandal! There must be some Australian skullduggery behind this… surely a load of Ozzie fans enjoying the local alcoholic beverages are far louder than Billy the Trumpet?

    Bring back Billy!

    Thanks for posting his links, I’ve often heard him on cricket broadcasts and thought he was rather good, biography certainly confirms this.

  2. David Hardie says:

    Billy made the trip to Australia a while back and there were no problems while he was here.

    Don’t blame us!

    (Perth, Western Australia)

  3. He may well be good but he is a damned nuisance.Have some pity for the poor supporters who have to sit near him. Thank goodness for local noise rules.

    • Well Geoff Boycott seemed to enjoy Billy’s playing. My mother went to the same school as Geoff and I’m sure she’d say to you in her fine Yorkshire manner ‘ It’s being so miserable ‘as keeps you going’!

  4. How ridiculous is that!!. The Barmy Army are well known for their light-hearted antics in Cricket and to see this is shocking.

    As a musician and music teacher I will have to write a letter…lol

    Really though, how petty can you be…

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