Wednesday, October 13, 2010

10% Discount at the next June Emerson Wind Music Open Day

June Emerson Wind Music Open Day
Saturday 8th January, 2011 (10.30am to 4.30pm)

Come and See Us - browse through hundreds of feet of wind music on our beautiful North Yorkshire hilltop, accompanied by regular rounds of tea, coffee and biscuits.

10% Discount - to make the day even better we're offering a 10% discount on everything bought or ordered by those present on the day.

Don’t Just Browse Through It, Play It! - we have an adjoining room where you can play through the music. Stands and an electric keyboard are available if required. Please contact us to book your hour-long slot.

June Emerson Wind Music, Windmill Farm, York

For contact information and directions, click here. We look forward to meeting you!

June Emerson Wind Music at the 10th annual RNCM Sax Day

On 14th November 2010, we'll be taking all our saxophone music off the shelves and over to Manchester for the 10th annual Sax Day at the Royal Northern College of Music. With such a comprehensive stock of music available for you to look through and buy, you can't afford not to come and see us!

If you're going to be there and would like music put aside for you, please give as much notice as possible, as some things may be needed to be ordered in, which can take time. Visit our contact page for details on how to get hold of us.

If you haven't yet registered for this hugely popular event, please visit for booking details.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Office Musician of the Year 2010 Winners Recital

Chris Horril
accompanied by Tessa Marchington

Witold Lutoslawski - Dance Preludes

Jonathan Cooper - Gallimaufry (Premiere)

Francis Poulenc - Clarinet Sonata

St Olave’s Church Hart Street EC3R 7NB
Thursday 28th October 2010 at 1pm

Supported by

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The BIG Double Reed Day - Sunday 10th October 2010

We're proud to be associated with this exciting event which will be held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Activities will include:
Masterclasses, Reed Class, Try the Cor/Contra/Baroque Oboe/Baroque Bassoon, Solo Recital and Massed Double Reed Ensembles.

It will also be possible to try a whole range of instruments and to buy a variety of music and accessories.

Instrument technicians will be present for running repairs.

A cafeteria service will be open all day.

The cost is £20 for students and £35 for adults, including T-Shirt and goodie bag! Adult places are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

For more information, please visit:

Friday, October 1, 2010

June Emerson Wind Music News

Planning your Christmas Concert…?

Find it all in one place in the June Emerson Wind Music Christmas Catalogue! Produced annually, it contains everything Christmassy from our four main distribution catalogues (from instrumental solos up to flexible ensembles for schools) extracted and put together in one booklet to make choosing easier. Free of charge to anyone who'd like one.

This year's catalogue will be available soon.

Serenades for Val – Sunday 19th September 2010

This summer, Valeria Watts died at the age of 67. She was, amongst many other things, a part-time member of staff at JEWM and a real character.

Valerie Watts

It was her wish to be sent off not with a funeral but with a concert and a tea party, paid for by her estate. This went so well! The Helmsley Festival Wind Ensemble, conducted by Geoffrey Emerson, got together in the morning to rehearse and then performed in the afternoon to 70 of Valerie’s friends and colleagues who’d come along to remember her. All the musicians were friends of hers that she’d played with over the years, many of whom hadn’t seen each other in a very long time, so it was a wonderful reunion.

Valerie Watts' Memorial Concert

The concert began with words specially written by Valerie to introduce the concert, which made everyone chuckle! The programme consisted of Gordon Jacob - Old Wine in New Bottles, Richard Strauss - Suite Op.4, Percy Whitlock - Homage to F.D. (Frederick Delius), Peter Warlock - Beethoven’s Binge, Glazunov – Concert Waltz, five short pieces by George Gershwin, Richard Strauss - Serenade Op.7 and a piece commissioned by Valerie and written by Geoffrey Emerson incorporating specially requested tunes that meant a lot to her.

The concert was followed by a buffet and drinks which Valerie had insisted on paying for from her estate. She really did us proud.

You can read her obituary that appeared in The Guardian here.

A thank you to loyal long-time staff

In October this year one of our staff members, Barbara Watson, who has a huge variety of responsibilities but is mainly the Accounts Dept assistant, will be celebrating 20 years at JEWM. She's done a wonderful job over the years and we're very lucky that she enjoys it here so much!

She's not the longest-serving, though - Tracy Battensby (Office Manager) has been here for
24 years and John Toll (Accounts Dept) has been here for 29!

A big thank you to them and all the staff at June Emerson Wind Music for all their hard work.