Monday, March 24, 2014

National Trombone Day - 30th March 2014



The British Trombone Society will be hosting the 2014 National Trombone Day on Sunday 30th March at Chetham's School of Music. This all-day event will feature a full day of masterclasses, recitals, coaching, demonstrations, workshops, showcases, competitions, and a live Google Hangout expert panel discussion.

Artists include:
  • Eric Crees
  • Roger Argente
  • Jiggs Whigham
  • Simon Cowen
  • Christian Jones
  • Katy Jones
  • Blair Sinclair
  • Phil Goodwin
  • Kerry Baldwin
  • Beth Calderbank
  • Simon Minshall
The day will conclude with an evening performance by the brand new all-star trombone funk group Soul Tubes, featuring:
  • John Barber
  • Jon Stokes
  • Robbie Harvey
  • Carol Jarvis
  • Simon Minshall
and internationally acclaimed soloist and band leader Jiggs Whigham.

Venues and Entry

National Trombone Day Sunday 30 March,
9:30am-6:00pm 


Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
Manchester
M3 1SB

Entry
BTS members £10
Non-members £15
Students £5

Evening Concert
Doors open 7:30pm, show starts 8:00pm. 

Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street
Manchester
M4 5JZ

Entry
BTS members £10
Non-members £15
Students £5

Monday, February 24, 2014

North Star Series - The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

 Award-Winning Quartet
from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Play at the Helmsley Art Centre

Sunday 23rd March, 3.00pm
followed by tea & cake


Concert Details - Helmsley Art Centre

Tickets: £8 / U18s £4
Box Office: 01439 771700

www.helmsleyarts.co.uk
Address: Old Meeting House, Helmsley, York YO62 5DW

Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

About Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet is an innovative collaboration between four versatile young artists. The group's approach makes use of the diverse talents of its members, creatively combining musical performance, composition and film. Trained at top UK conservatoires including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet is steeped in the British saxophone tradition, with a broad, resonant, vocal sound and an energetic, communicative performing ethos.

As well as their work in music and film, the quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music, and has commissioned and premiered works from an array of composers, whilst also possessing an extensive repertoire of the best of traditional saxophone music.

The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet were winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2013/14.
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We can now offer the entire Music Express catalogue from Cimarron Music Press!



EXCITING NEWS!! We are now able to print and distribute the entire Music Express catalogue (from Cimarron Music Press), making this US publisher easily and instantly available to all our customers.

All 221 titles are now listed on our website and include some great arrangements for brass quartet/quintet and trombone, tuba, horn, clarinet, sax and bassoon quartets. All intermediate level, so perfect for concerts - take a look...

Popular pieces include: Londonderry Air (Brass Quintet), Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Brass Quartet), Air On The G String (Brass Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Quartet, Brass Quintet)...

Search tip: select Music Express from the Publisher list on our Advanced Search page



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

From all of us to all our customers and friends around the world, we wish you a very happy 2014!

Auld Lang Syne: 4-part by Phoenix Music £17.95 http://ow.ly/s8v9z 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Rehearsal Orchestra Competition - Win 'Waving, Not Drowning' and Chocolate

It's time for the Rehearsal Orchestra's Start-of-Season Competition!


The Rehearsal Orchestra would love you to tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook (and everywhere else, including in real life!) about the RO and their courses rehearsal-orchestra.org, and to ask them to 'Like' their Facebook Page: facebook.com/RehearsalOrchestra

When their number of Likes reaches 400, the name of one lucky Facebook fan will be drawn out of a hat to win a signed copy of the RO's Artistic Director Lev Parikian's fabulous new book 'Waving, Not Drowning' wavingnotdrowningbook.wordpress.com as well as what is without a doubt the biggest bar of Fair Trade chocolate we have ever seen - over 5 pounds in weight and several times the size of the book! Two runners-up will also receive surprise RO goodies.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kings Place - Sunday Foyer Concerts - Westgate Wind Quintet - 10th November 2013

   

Westgate Wind Quintet, June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2013/14 winners, presents a linked programme to the evening’s concert (Reiko Fujisawa (piano) & Principals from the London Orchestras). The French works, written twenty years apart from each other highlight the progression from Romantic to the Impressionist style of Ravel. As contemporaries, Danzi revered Mozart, and as an English composer, Martin Butler is a contemporary of Peter Fribbins. Poulenc’s Novelette precedes the composition of his Sextet by 5 years.

image: Keith Paisley / Kings Place

Concert Details:

Date: Sunday, 10 November 2013
Time: 5:45pm
Location: LCMS Foyer, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Tickets: N/A, Free foyer event

Westgate Wind Quintet


Programme Details:


Petite Symphonie for Winds - Charles Gounod (1818 – 1893) (Arr. Jane Whalley)

Down Hollow Winds
- Martin Butler (1960 - )

II. Vivace
IV. Energico                                       

Wind Quintet No. 1 in Bb major, Op.56
- Franz Danzi (1763 – 1826)
I. Allegretto

Novelette in C Major
- Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) (Arr. Geoffrey Emerson)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2013/14

Prize Winners 2013/14

WESTGATE WIND QUINTET - Trinity College of Music & Drama
BOREALIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Royal Northern College of Music
NEW BRITISH WINDS - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
KALEIDOSCOPE QUARTET - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
ESPER SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Royal College of Music

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WESTGATE WIND QUINTET - Trinity College of Music & Drama
WESTGATE WIND QUINTET - Trinity College of Music & Drama
Katherine Birtles – Flute
Joe Harper – Oboe
Chris Hatton – Clarinet
Hannah Robinson – Bassoon
Hannah Key – French horn

Formed in October 2012, the Westgate Wind Quintet is made up of postgraduate and final year undergraduate students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They have enjoyed working towards competitions such as the Royal Overseas League Competition and performing at exciting venues around London, which include an upcoming début at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in September 2013.

In addition to the Wind Quintet, as individuals they pursue a busy schedule as soloists and with other ensembles. Several of them are recipients of generous scholarships through their studies at Trinity Laban. Their collective professional experience includes session work with Warner Music Ltd, work alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Philharmonia among others. They are also individually prize winners or finalists of several competitions and have performed at venues which include the Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House. There have also been extensive travels throughout Europe to destinations such as Italy, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland and Poland.

With a wide variety of repertoire including works by Danzi, Ravel and Martin Butler, the quintet have performed at various private events. As an ensemble they have received coaching from eminent musicians such as Michael Whight and Steve Stirling. All members of the quintet are keen to pursue an interest in education with workshops, demonstrations and master-classes in schools throughout the country alongside performing.

We would really like Toby Young to write for us, and we are inviting Martin Butler to watch our performance at St. Martin in the Fields. Next academic year we are planning to audition for 'Live Music Now' and compete in the ROSL competition in February, but we would also like to perform on a regular basis with diverse repertoire

BOREALIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Royal Northern College of Music
BOREALIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Royal Northern College of Music
Alastair Penman - soprano sax
Mélna Zéléniuc - alto sax
Gillian Blair – tenor sax
Daniel White - baritone sax

The Borealis Saxophone Quartet is an award winning ensemble based in Manchester. They formed in 2009 at the Royal Northern College of Music where they have received tuition in both classical and jazz saxophone from internationally renowned tutors including Rob Buckland, Vincent David and Julian Arguelles. They regularly perform as members of RNCM ensembles, including the Concert Orchestra, Symphony
Orchestra, Big Band and Wind Orchestra, and are all members of the RNCM Saxophone Orchestra, with whom they performed at the World Saxophone Congress in July 2012. The quartet has been coached by chamber music specialists such as Andy Scott, Raaf Hekkema and Tim Reynish, and has performed in public masterclasses with Johan van der Linden and Peter Cropper.

Their debut recital took place at the Bridgewater Hall in December 2011 and they have since performed regularly in Manchester and the UK. In summer 2012, they performed Per Nørgård’s ‘Dancers around Jupiter’ as part of the RNCM ‘Ny Musik Dansk’ Festival, and again at the BBC Proms festival which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In December 2012 the quartet performed Graham Fitkin’s ‘Plan B’ for saxophone quartet and string orchestra at the RNCM, conducted by Leo Geyer. In the same concert they gave the world premiere of their first commission; ‘Borealis (into blue)’ by Lucy Pankhurst, for the same instrumentation. This concert was a result of the quartet reaching the final of the 2012 RNCM Concerto Competition.

Recently the quartet has collaborated with RNCM composers and the Northern Ballet School on a number of new works for saxophone quartet and dancers which were performed at the ballet school in May 2013. Their dedication to supporting the work of RNCM composers has led to their second commission which will be written by award winning Scottish composer; Tom Harrold, and will be premiered at King's Place,
London in September.

The Borealis Saxophone Quartet won the inaugural Apollo Saxophone Quartet/RNCM Saxophone Ensemble prize which was sponsored by Vandoren and Selmer Saxophones, and the Trevor Wye Memorial Prize for Woodwind Chamber Music at the RNCM.

Following this success, they competed with other prize winning RNCM Ensembles in the Christopher Rowland Chamber Music Prize and were named 'RNCM Ensemble of the Year 2013'.

For further information and a list of forthcoming events, please visit: www.borealissaxophonequartet.com

NEW BRITISH WINDS - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
NEW BRITISH WINDS - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Jemma Freestone - flute
Sam Baxter - oboe
Greg Hearle - clarinet
Gareth Humphries - bassoon
Tom Taffinder - horn

New British Winds (formerly The Rustic Quintet) is a young, multi-award winning wind quintet.
Formed in 2009 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the group have since played in many venues across the UK and Europe, showcasing a wide variety of repertoire.

As well as formal concerts, the quintet take a very active role in performing educational outreach in schools and are heavily involved in performing contemporary music alongside Sinfonia Newydd.

Members of the group perform with the likes of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London.

Recently the quintet won the June Emerson Launchpad Prize, the McGrenery Chamber Music Prize and became one of the youngest groups to compete in the Henri Tomasi International Wind Quintet Competition in Marseilles.

This year New British Winds performed at the Welsh Proms in St David's Hall.

KALEIDOSCOPE QUARTET - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
KALEIDOSCOPE QUARTET - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Ian Dingle - soprano sax
Guy Passey - alto sax
Sally MacTaggart - tenor sax
John Moore - baritone sax

The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet is an innovative collaboration between four versatile young artists. The group's approach makes use of the diverse talents of its members, creatively combining musical performance, composition and film. Trained at top UK conservatoires including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet is steeped in the British saxophone tradition, with a broad, resonant, vocal sound and an energetic, communicative performing ethos.
The group encapsulates a vast array of artistic skills: Award-winning saxophonist and composer John Moore; multifaceted musician and photographer/film-maker Ian Dingle; folk and jazz-influenced contemporary saxophonist Guy Passey; and multiple-award-winning chamber musician and concert soloist Sally MacTaggart.

As well as their work in music and film, the quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music, and has commissioned and premiered works from an array of composers, whilst also possessing an extensive repertoire of the best of traditional saxophone music.

The group has a number of exciting plans for the forthcoming year, including a collaboration with composers collective Chimera at The Forge in Camden, developing educational and outreach work across London, and recording material for a new album of British saxophone music.

ESPER SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Royal College of Music

Keziah Peel - soprano sax
Paul Lamstaes - alto sax
Lucinda Dunne - tenor sax
Damon Oliver - baritone sax

Winners of the June Emerson Launchpad Prize 2013, The Esper Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2012 at The Royal College of Music by first year students. The quartet is coached by Kyle Horch and has taken part in various masterclasses by prestigious saxophonists such as Rob Buckland and Gerard McChrystal. The quartet enjoys playing a variety of styles and have taken part in Woodwind open days at The RCM and in The Woodwind Ensembles Concert. The members come from around the UK and South Africa, creating a blend of cultural diversity. The quartet have formed a unique cohesion which is displayed in their energetic and lyrical performances. The future looks promising for this young and ambitious quartet who embrace performance opportunities with enthusiasm.

Keziah Peel is a Dr. Michael West scholar generously supported by The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and The Apollo Music Trust.

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About the Prize

The June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize was an idea that began as a desire to help young musicians in some significant way. With only limited financial resources it was difficult to come up with something that would make enough of a difference to make it a worthwhile project. The idea of sponsoring a prize at one of the UK music colleges was something we just couldn’t afford, and we also felt that we’d like to be able to offer something to more than just one college and be a little more ‘hands on’. We eventually decided that we would assist one young (predominantly) final year wind ensemble from each of the major UK music colleges to launch themselves onto the professional circuit.

The Launchpad Prize consists of practical help including: a substantial JEWM music voucher; dedicated space on the JEWM website, with the opportunity to use it as a powerful marketing tool; publicity in the printed JEWM catalogues; editorial coverage wherever possible; free advertising flyers in JEWM music orders in order to publicise themselves; exclusive access to the JEWM shop with use of all music and facilities; complimentary copies of any Emerson Edition titles which fit their instrumental line-up (for the lifetime of the ensemble); anything else we can think of.

Previous Winners of the Launchpad Prize

2012/13 
Lekker Quintet - Royal Northern College of Music
Echo Trio - Royal College of Music
Animé Duo - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Prima Vista - Trinity College of Music & Drama
Wolken Recorder Quartet - Guildhall School of Music & Drama

2012/2013
Lekker Quintet - Royal Northern College of Music
Echo Trio - Royal College of Music
Animé Duo - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Prima Vista - Trinity College of Music & Drama
Wolken Recorder Quartet - Guildhall School of Music & Drama

2011/2012
Les Trois Canards - Royal Northern College of Music
Kudo Saxophone Quartet - Royal College of Music
Hafren Quintet - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Vesuvio Quintet - Trinity College of Music & Drama
HMS Quintet - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Bells Up! - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

2010/2011
Dolce Cinque - Royal Northern College of Music
Gelachter Trio - Royal College of Music
Meridian Brass - Trinity College of Music & Drama
Carter Quintet - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Pure Brass - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Ellipsis Wind Quintet - Royal Academy of Music

2009/2010
Souza Winds - Royal Northern College of Music
Emerson Quintet - Royal College of Music
Crown Quintet - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Ayre Flutes - Trinity College of Music & Drama