Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 Launchpad Prize Winners #1


Coburn Saxophone Quartet

(Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama)

The Players

Sarah Knight - soprano sax
Sarah Smith - alto sax
Megan Davies - tenor sax
Amber Reeve - baritone sax


Formed in 2015 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Coburn Quartet are an energetic and upcoming female saxophone ensemble based in Cardiff. We are a close group of friends and colleagues who enjoy rehearsing and performing together. Our experience includes events ranging from concert recitals to private engagements. With our extensive set list varying from jazz and pop to concert repertoire, we are available to hire for all events and functions throughout the UK. We are extremely thankful for the continued support and specialist coaching from many industry professionals.

June Emerson Wind Music would like to thank Kevin Price for organising 
the awarding of the Launchpad Prize at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.


Conurn Saxophone Quartet

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Friday, August 11, 2017

The June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2017

About the Prize

The Launchpad Prize was an idea that began as a desire to help young musicians in some significant way. With our limited financial resources it was difficult to come up with something that would make enough of a difference to make it worthwhile. 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 predominantly final year wind ensemble from each of the major UK music colleges to launch themselves onto the professional circuit.

First awarded in 2009, the Launchpad Prize consists of practical help, including:a substantial JEWM music voucher; dedicated space on the JEWM website; publicity at any time through our online media channels (JEWM blog, Twitter, Facebook etc); editorial coverage wherever possible; unlimited 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 existing and future Emerson Edition publications which fit their instrumental line-up, and anything else we can think of.

The 2017 Winners!

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Coburn Saxophone Quartet

Royal Northern College of Music
Chameleon Wind Quintet

Royal College of Music
Aesthesia Saxophone Quartet

Profiles of each of this year's winners will appear on this blog over the coming weeks...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wonderful Winds Flute Days 2017

Two days of Flute Ensemble fun

for players of all ages and abilities

with Mel Orriss & Joss Campbell

Saturday 19th August 2017

Suitable for novice/intermediate players and rusty returners!
(Approx. Grade 1 - 5)

Sunday 20th August 2017

Suitable for more confident or advanced players.
(Approx. Grade 5 - Diploma)


The Ockment Centre
North Street
Devon EX20 1AR


£35.00 one day/£60.00 weekend
Under 18s:
£25 one day/£40.00 weekend
(Two bursaries are available - see link for further information)

Information and Bookings:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What Do Bassoonists Have in Common with a No.52 Bus?

by Graham Sheen
former Principal Bassoon, BBC Symphony Orchestra & 
Academy of St Martin in the Fields,
teacher, composer & arranger.

Apologies if you have heard this in a slightly different version, but the answer is that first you don't see any and then they turn up in bunches. And there will be a bunch of twelve assorted bassoon students and professors giving a concert at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on July 7th at 1.00pm in the Music Hall. ADMISSION IS FREE and all are most welcome to our wide-ranging programme of both arrangements and original works, spanning music of four centuries and from the serious to the frivolous.

At Guildhall we have long had a tradition of the bassoon department presenting an end of year recital, though it has never been possible, owing to an ever more crowded events calendar, to hold one every year. We hope that as a result of timetabling bassoon ensemble playing on a regular basis and the support of Head of Department, Richard Benjafield, the bassoon department show will become annual treat.

It’s often said that Bach is indestructible, a claim which we be challenging with a performance of the first movement of the third Brandenburg Concerto (9 bassoons and contra). The central work will be the marvellous Triangulation by Richard Bissill (7 bassoons and contra), a beautifully conceived and brilliant balanced three movement piece which has deservedly established itself as a bassoon classic. Interspersed will be some of Michael Norris’s Bagatelles for trio and some new transcriptions for large ensemble of Rameau, Lotti and Gabrieli’s Sonata Pian e Forte. Our traditional finale will be, as always, Leroy Anderson’s Bassoonist’s Holiday, once mistakenly called Bugler’s Holiday.

That date again: July 7th at 1.00pm in the Music Hall of GSMD, Silk Street, Barbican.


Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome to the new website! 

It has been a long time in the development, but we've finally launched our brand new website !

As well as a brand new look, the website also features:
  • FREE SHIPPING on all UK orders sent via Royal Mail 1st Class post!
  • Better search methods and results filtering, including a quick predictive search - just start typing and your list of results narrows automatically. More information can be found on our FAQs page
  • Account management - access your previous orders and check the delivery status of each piece of music on that order.
·         Larger images, including sample pages of music, to make browsing and choosing easier – just a small selection to start with, but more being added all the time.
·         More specific instrument sections to make browsing easier
·         Multi-currency options - see the price equivalent in other currencies
·         Secure checkout via Worldpay or PayPal
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·         Mobile and tablet friendly
·         Gift certificates delivered instantly by email and redeemable at checkout
Don't worry about any bookmarked pages you may have had on our old website, as you'll be automatically redirected to the equivalent page on our new site.
We still have a long list of development ideas for our website, many of which have been suggested by our customers. We plan to work our way through them and continue making improvements to the website. We're always happy to hear your suggestions and ideas!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Long Serving Orchestral 

Woodwind Principals in the UK

by Ian Denley
(Experienced teacher, performer & examiner)

I wonder how many will remember that the team of woodwind principals in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the 1950s was known as the ‘Royal Family’, their length of service conferring on the orchestra a unique identity in the quality of their sound and phrasing.

Woodwind players have, arguably, always been the emotional centre of an orchestra’s heart, claiming, as they do, the most prominent solo work.  Brass players do have their solos, of course, but physical and instrumental restrictions have tended to limit their display, and solos from the other departments of an orchestra are few and far between.

I have been musing on the tendency, certainly in the UK, for some woodwind principals to cruise regularly between orchestras and I wonder if this has had a deleterious effect on that sense of unity which inevitably comes about from playing together over a long period. I was fortunate in my training to have two of the best principal flutes ever as teachers: David Butt, who was a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for thirty-eight years from 1960 (occupying a principal flute rĂ´le from 1962), and Andreas Blau, principal of the Berlin Philharmonic for forty-six years, having been appointed at the age of twenty in 1969, and staying on for an extra year past retirement to accommodate the delayed arrival of his successor, Mathieu Dufour, previously principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  I believe it to be no accident that latterly, the longest serving UK principals have proved to be a particular source of great inspiration. As an example, I mention Rosemary (Rosie) Eliot, who recently retired from the BBC Scottish Symphony as the long-standing principal flute - an outstanding figurehead, whose beautiful tone and phrasing were second to none, and like some of the names below, with no desire to become a super-star of the flute, just getting on with the orchestral job and doing it superbly.

Many past principals, for example, Gareth Morris, Ken Smith, Colin Chambers, Roger Rostron, David Haslam, Douglas Townsend, Robert Dawes and Susan Milan, to name but a few, helped to give their respective orchestras a following, which does not appear to be the trend nowadays.  Hopefully, the splendid Gareth Davies at the London Symphony orchestra and Sam Coles at the Philharmonia will be there for a long time. 

It would be interesting to hear the views on this from players of other wind instruments. Names such as Terence MacDonough, Jack Brymer, Reginald Kell, Gwydion Brooke, John McCaw and Archie Camden are bound to crop up!

Monday, May 23, 2016

One Day Saxophone Festival

London - Saturday 4th June 2016

Ian Stewart writes:

In Notting Hill, London on Saturday, 4th June (2016) there is a one day festival, organised by saxophone player Kyle Horch, concert promoter Richard Carruthers, and myself, celebrating the classical saxophone in chamber music. There are now more pieces being written for saxophone in less usual ensembles and more players performing these pieces. However these works are rarely heard in recitals, hence the reason for this festival.

Most of these pieces are original works for saxophone. There are two works by Berlin composer Christian Biegai, a classical saxophone player himself who also played with Antony and the Johnsons; two works by London based Australian composer John Carmichael, a new work for EWI wind synthesizer by Charlotte Harding, and four works by myself.

Hayley Lambert has been giving concerts under the title of “The Poetic Saxophone” for sometime, with Aileen Thomson, soprano voice, and pianist Paul Taylor. The repertoire for voice and saxophone is still small and Hayley has managed to track down most of them. In this recital, besides the English language settings, Aileen will also be singing in Catalan.

Naomi Sullivan will be performing with viola, tape and piano in various combinations, including the U.K. premiere of Biegai’s TV Nation, for soprano saxophone, piano and recordings of American TV channel hopping. She will also be premiering the revised version of my work “Transit Of Venus” for soprano saxophone, pre-recorded voice and electronics. This work was commissioned for Naomi at the time of the real transit of venus in 2012.

The festival begins with a more traditional saxophone and piano recital by Kyle Horch, who then leads Flotilla in the fourth recital. Flotilla’s repertoire explores reflection, echo, and memory, in mainly contemporary works drawing upon antecedents such as liturgical polyphony and folk music.

Alistair Parnell will be giving a recital for unaccompanied EWI wind synthesizer. Although the keyboard synthesizer is now being used in classical music, this is a rare chance to hear the wind version. The festival finishes with Andy Tweed and Karen Street performing an original jazz set with saxophone and free-bass accordion.

Pianists Pavel Timofeyevsky and Yshani Perinpanayagam will be playing with both Naomi and Kyle, and Naomi’s recital also features Katya Lazareva playing viola and Alistair Parnell sound projection.

The festival runs from 2-9 pm.

For more information, programme & biographies: