Thursday, July 23, 2015

Re-posting a JEWM Favourite!

Val’s Flapjack Recipe - A Favourite at J.E.W.M.

(this is a re-post, but well worth it!)
Our dear friend and colleague Valerie Watts, who passed away in 2010, used to make flapjacks and biscuits for the office almost every week. Her flapjacks were simply THE BEST we’ve ever tasted and we thought it would be nice to share her recipe:

photo: Rob Brewer

Val’s Flapjack

After making it for years and years, Val was a master flapjack-baker, but with such a simple recipe it’s hard to go wrong with it. To achieve the best results, it’s essential that you use jumbo oats and that you don’t overcook it – it should be gooey!

  • 4oz/115g butter
  • 4oz/115g Demerara sugar
  • 1 (generous) tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 5oz/140g jumbo oats

  1. Pre-heat the oven/Aga (Val always used an Aga) to 170C/325F/GM3
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan.
  3. Stir in the jumbo oats.
  4. Grease a baking tin and spread the mixture evenly.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin a little before dividing into squares.
  7. Enjoy.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Superbrass Day - Saturday 18th July

Join John Packer Ltd this July for a very special one-off workshop with Superbrass's musical director Roger Argente. Superbrass have shot to fame in recent years and are now widely regarded as one of the most talented brass ensembles in the UK and around the world.

This workshop will offer the rare opportunity to play with other players of a high standard in a large brass ensemble, using exciting music selected from the Superbrass repertoire, all under the direction of a top music professional! Roger will also be answering questions and giving advice on how to arrange, compose, and play music. The two sessions (morning and afternoon) have limited availability for Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba, so book your place early! 

Roger Argente - Superbrass Musical Director 
A previous JP Brass workshop with Robert Childs

Roger Argente started playing Trombone at age 12 and is enjoying a spectacular career. He has travelled the world with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recorded film scores with composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer, working on big screen classics such as Harry Potter, Gladiator and Lord of the Rings. As an educator, Roger coaches brass at Trinity College of Music and is involved with the National Youth Orchestras and Brass Bands.

'Soul Bossa Nova' composed by Quincy Jones, arranged by Andy Duncan for Superbrass. A live performance by Superbrass performed as part of an outreach programme delivered to the Hampshire Youth Bands. Solo Flugel Horn - Nigel Gomm.

For more information or to book, contact: 
Steve Herbert on 01823 282386 or 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rarescale Flute News...

rarescale at the Forge
Our next concert at the Forge is on 15th April 2015. We'll be presenting the formidable Rees/Roche/Pestova trio, performing with Michael Oliva in a programme of music by Harvey, Fox, Norman, Kwiatkowska, Oliva, Bennett and the premiere of a new work for flute and electronics by Sungji Hong. BOOK NOW!
Philip Bates Trust Bursary

We are delighted to be able to offer a bursary for the summer school from the Phillip Bates Trust. The bursary has a value of £250 and will be awarded to a flute player or composer with a maximum age of 25 for the 2015 course. See the rarescale website for further details.
Attention Composers and Flute Players!

Join us for an inspirational week of music making and creativity at Harlaxton Manor from 3-8th August.

Flute Course: Low flutes, new repertoire, masterclasses, flute ensembles and collaboration opportunities. Grade 6 upwards.

Composition Course: Taught courses with a choice of focus on acoustic or electroacoustic composition. Opportunities for collaboration and performance.

Composition Retreat: Focus on individual projects with support from rarescale players Carla Rees & Michael Oliva. Advanced composers only - ideal for university professors, young professional composers and advanced students.

We currently have a limited number of places on each of the courses. Email us now for further information and to reserve your place.

2015 performances

For full details of our all our concerts, see our website. Upcoming highlights include:

  • 12 Apr       New Walk Museum, Leicester
  • 15 Apr       Rees/Roche/Pestova Trio at The Forge, Camden
  • 5 May        RNCM, Manchester
  • 23 Jun       Fairfield Halls, Croydon
  • 16 Jul        rarescale Flute Academy at Arborfield Garrison
  • 5 Aug        Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire
  • 20 Sept     Brixworth Festival
  • 30 Sept     The Forge, Camden

Carla will also be performing at the Canadian Flute Convention in June and the American Flute Convention in August. Look out too for the concert premiere of Michael Oliva's new opera, Singularity, at the Royal College of Music on 2nd July.

As always, we are always pleased to hear from composers who are interested in collaborating with us. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your ideas!

Thank you for reading our newsletter and for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.

Copyright © 2015 rarescale, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Music Education Expo

Music Education Expo

12th & 13th March

Barbican Conference Centre, London

The Music Education Expo is an essential event for anyone involved in music education.

We're delighted to announce that June Emerson Wind Music will have a small 
trade stand there this year, so if want to come and discuss possibilities, 
ask about how we work, or just come and say hello, we'd love to see you!
We'll be on stand S7.A on the upper floor.

We'll have lots of Overscore Tape on sale and we'll have a prize draw to win a fabulous music bag from Beaumont Music (free entry with every purchase of Overscore Tape).

If you haven't been before, here's the blurb:
Music Education Expo is the UK’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone
involved on music education. Whether you’re a classroom teacher or instrumental teacher, a hub leader or university lecturer, the Expo is an essential event for you! 

Spanning two days, the event will offer over 50 seminars, workshops and debates, the chance to meet and browse the services of over 100 exhibitors, and the chance to network with up to 2,500 of your peers.

FOUR reasons to come to Music Education Expo:
1.   LEARN – the conference will host over 50 sessions, including engaging debates, insightful seminars and fun and inspiring workshops
2.   BROWSE – over 100 exhibitors showcasing their best music education products and services, including some exciting new product launches
3.   NETWORK – with up to 2,500 visitors, the show is the perfect opportunity to meet new people or catch up with old friends, and to share ideas
4.   SAVE – the Expo is completely FREE to attend, meaning you get a raft of high-quality professional development sessions for absolutely nothing
Find our more and register for your FREE ticket at:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Trombone Megastar Ian Bousfield To Coach North Yorkshire Youngsters

Ian Bousfield Workshop Day

 for Young Trombonists

Sunday 8th February 2015 - 11am to 4pm

Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall

This is an incredible opportunity for young trombonists (up to age 18) of all
 standards to spend a day working and learning with Ian Bousfield,
internationally renowned soloist and teacher.

The day will include demonstrations, individual masterclasses and ensemble playing. 
Ian's wealth of experience and infectious enthusiasm will be an inspiration 
to everyone, whether taking part or just observing.

Ian will also be giving individual 20-minute Masterclasses as part of the day.
Places are limited to the first 5 applicants, after which there will be a waiting list.
You must bring your own music and accompanist (if necessary - a keyboard will be provided).

Participants: £10
Masterclasses: additional £10
Non-participants: £5

For information and booking, please contact:
01439 788324 (office hours)

This event is being hosted by:
June Emerson Wind Music
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band
with assistance from
The British Trombone Society

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The International Horn Symposium Comes To London

International Horn Symposium
11th to 15th August, 2014
Imperial College, London

We're starting to get excited about this! June Emerson Wind Music will be attending the
2014 IHS event in London this August, taking all our horn music and books 
to sell as one of the trade exhibitors.
It promises to be an amazing event, with internationally renowned soloists and ensembles
plus the very best instrument and accessory manufacturers,
and your favourite sheet music retailer, of course!

There will also be a special one-off performance of 'I Found My Horn' by Jasper Rees,
performed by Jonathan Guy Lewis. The reviews are fantastic and the atmosphere
should be amazing.
Don't miss it!

For details and registration:

Monday, June 2, 2014

Managing Performance Anxiety

The English Brass Academy presents...

Manage Performance Anxiety
Putney High School, 35 Putney Hill, London SW15 6BH

Manage Performances Anxiety
in a friendly, supportive atmosphere

• Despite hours of practice do you still feel concerned ?
• Do you find it difficult to concentrate when performing?
• Are negative thoughts difficult to shake off?
• Are you able to play well in rehearsal but feel anxious in performance?
• Have you suffered from the physical symptoms of nerves such as fast heart beat, dry mouth or shaking?
Then this course is for you!

Andrew Evans will help you understand those negative feelings, develop
a regime that will improve your performing and help you manage anxieties.
This will be in a comfortable and safe environment - you will be among like-minded
friends - so no intimidation, just practical help and an enjoyable time.
Cost: £65 including lunch

What is the purpose of the course?
• Understand the psychology of performance anxiety
• Achieve Peak Performance
• Develop effective practice
• Handle competitions, concerts and auditions
• Manage adrenalin
• Devise strategies for negative thoughts
• Maintain motivation
• Handle stress and burnout
• Live a healthy lifestyle
• Maximise creativity

Andy Evans - Performance Psychologist
Andy Evans (BA, MA, CPCC) is a psychologist, performance coach, writer and musician.
He was educated at University College, Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music and
the University of Paris VII. He founded Arts Psychology Consultants in 1988, and
has seen well over a thousand performers over the last 25 years both in
private practice ( and for a number of
music academies and arts organisations.
He has been a UK pioneer of performance psychology, and is a frequent broadcaster
and magazine contributor on showbiz and general arts and media subjects.
The latest of his five books is "Secrets of Performing Confidence" (Methuen Drama, 2013)

To book or for more information: or call Paul at English Brass Academy on 01306 508060