A pupil of mine arrived at her lesson today and told me her doctor says she's not allowed to play her trumpet because it irritates her throat, making it inflamed and sore. I was surprised at this. One other thing - her hay fever is not caused by pollen, its the weather which causes it apparently?! I was a bit dubious but maybe someone else has suffered from this? Is the doctor being silly/diagnosing the wrong 'cause'? I always thought brass playing helped breathing, and am curious how it could be made worse by playing?