Friday, September 30, 2011

June Emerson Launchpad Prize at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

On Friday, 7th October 2011, various wind quintets compete for the June Emerson Launchpad Prize. The event starts at 2pm. Tickets are free of charge, more information can be found here.

Venue Details


Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Silk Street

Telephone: (020) 7382 7043

Earlier this year, June Emerson Wind Music announced the winners of this year's Launchpad Prize.

About Guildhall School of Music and Drama
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of Europe's leading conservatoires, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals.

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 young (predominantly) final year wind ensemble from each of the major UK music colleges to launch themselves onto the professional circuit.

Monday, September 19, 2011

June Emerson Wind Music at the RNCM Sax Day - Sunday 13th November 2011

We'll be taking all our saxophone music and books off the shelves and over to Manchester for the 11th 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.

If you haven't yet registered for this hugely popular event, please visit for booking details. This year's programme includes workshops, masterclasses and performances featuring John Harle, Julian Arguelles and Rob Buckland.

About the Royal Northern College of Music Saxophone Day
This year, the 11th RNCM Saxophone Day, we have another action packed day of concerts, masterclasses and workshops for saxophonists of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, covering a wide variety of saxophonic styles and genres. Special guests this year are all UK artists, celebrating the rich tradition of world class saxophone playing that we have in this country: John Harle joins the RNCM as featured classical guest, and Julian Arg├╝elles makes his first appearance at the event as the featured jazz artist, in a duo with award-winning pianist Kit Downes.

As ever, there will be a comprehensive trade exhibition featuring the world’s leading instrument manufacturers, retailers and publishers, plus a series of creative workshops especially for young beginners.

The RNCM is located one mile south of Manchester City Centre, in the heart of the Education Quarter, on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street West. Oxford Road connects the RNCM by bus to the City Centre and all of Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Victoria train stations.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Successful Open Day for June Emerson Wind Music

June Emerson Wind Music, Windmill Farm

It was a blustery day up at Windmill Farm, but we were very pleased to welcome a steady stream of customers, some of whom had travelled quite a distance to visit us for the first time.

Among the first-time visitors was a group of six friendly and enthusiastic young players who make up part of Blow Me Down Woodwinds ( – an organisation run by Caroline Leak, dedicated to providing playing and performing opportunities for young woodwind players in Lincolnshire. They had recently been awarded a grant and were looking for lots of new repertoire, so they all made the 2 and a half hour trip to arrive for 10.30am, finally leaving with 2 big boxes of sheet music at 3.30pm! They’d brought their instruments along and treated us to a play-through of many of our flexible ensemble titles.

Other visitors had travelled from as far as Leicester, Nottingham, Harrogate and Hull.

Our next Open Day will be on Saturday 14th January 2012, weather permitting…