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


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Midst of Life: Celebrating the Life and Music of Stephen Dodgson

The Midst of Life
Click here to book tickets

The English composer Stephen Dodgson sadly died earlier this year. He was a prolific English composer, and we were lucky enough to have published a few of his wind pieces.

The pieces we publish are:
  • O Swallow! for alto flute & piano
  • Bagatelles for clarinet quartet
  • Baermann's Treasure & Baermann: The Sequel for clarinet & piano
  • Gipsy Songs for mezzo voice, clarinet & piano 
To be published this October:
  • Five Occasional Pieces for flute & piano

The Midst of Life: A Hearty Celebration of the Life and Music of Stephen Dodgson, in aid of the MAE Foundation, will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at 

The Tippett String Quartet
John Williams (guitar)
Maggie Cole (harpsichord)
Richard Harvey (recorder)
Zone 6 Brass Quintet
Benedict Cruft (violin) 

 and more... subject to availability.

The Tippett String Quartet, who have recorded all nine of Stephen Dodgson's quartets, and John Williams, who has played his music for 57 years, lead this wide-ranging celebration of his life and work.

This celebration of Stephen Dodgson is raising funds for the MAE Foundation, which aims to provide musical instruments and music teaching to thousands of refugee children from Burma in the jungle refugee camps along the Thai border.

Despite the changes now taking place in Myanmar, the children in these camps -- more than 60,000 of them -- will still be living in temporary, leaf-roofed huts in the jungle for years to come.

The MAE Foundation, set up three years ago by Richard Harvey, a former student of Stephen Dodgson, is already helping more than a thousand of these bright, enthusiastic refugee children learn to play music together.

Friday, August 30, 2013

YMEC 2013 at The School of Philosophy, Leeds on 13 Sept 2013

Yorkshire Music Education Conference 2013, a new CPD-focused event for teachers from across the region, will take place on 13 September at The School of Philosophy, Leeds.

The day will be jam-packed with a wide range of high quality training sessions, catering for both instrumental/vocal teachers and classroom teachers – both specialists and non-specialists – helping everyone get the new academic year off to an inspirational, musical start.

YMEC - sponsored by June Emerson Wind Music and Trinity College - is organised for teachers, by teachers. And with leading presenters such as John Holmes (ABRSM Chief Examiner) and Paul Harris among the line-up, it promises to be an unmissable day.

Alongside the extensive event programme will be the opportunity to browse the latest sheet music and resources on offer from retailers at the trade stands and network with like-minded colleagues.

There are still a few delegate places remaining... Click here to secure yours today!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Open Day at June Emerson Wind Music

Saturday 7th September 2013, 10.30am to 4.30pm

  • Come and browse through our unrivalled stock of wind music
  • Beautiful setting, peaceful atmosphere, warm welcome & refreshments

  • An adjoining room is available for you to play through any of our music
  • Hour-long slots are bookable (in advance), music stands and keyboard provided

Over 150 feet of flute music!
Flexible ensembles for schools

Slots available: 
10.30-11.30; 11.30-12.30; 12.30-1.30; 
1.30-2.30; 2.30-3.30; 3.30-4.30

Tel: 01439 788324
Email: sales@juneemerson.co.uk

Brass music

 From the A1 (west)

  • Leave the A1 on the A168 (to Thirsk) which then joins the A170 near Thirsk.
  • Approximately 3.5 miles from the top of Sutton Bank take the right turn, signposted to Ampleforth, and follow the road for a further 2 miles. 
  • Windmill Farm (privately rented) is on your right, and the office is down the drive just before it.

From York (south)

  • Follow the B1363 which exits the north side of the York ring road.
  • Continue as far as Brandsby where you should turn left for Ampleforth village. 
  • Turn right at the T-junction in the village, then take the first left up the hill (signposted to Helmsley). 
  • At the top of the hill turn left - Windmill Farm is the first house on the left, approximately 500 yards from the junction. 
  • The office is down the drive behind the house (privately rented).

From Helmsley/Scarborough (east)

  • Follow the A170 out of Helmsley towards Thirsk. 
  • After approximately a mile and a half turn left at Sproxton - this turning is on a right-hand bend and a large stone archway stands opposite. 
  • After a mile, take the right-hand turn to Ampleforth uphill through the woods. 
  • At the top of the hill turn right - Windmill Farm is the first house on the left, 
  • approximately 500 yards from the junction. 
  • The office is down the drive behind the house (privately rented).

June Emerson Wind Music 
Windmill Farm
York YO62 4HF
Tel: 01439 788324 (NOT answered on the day)
Fax: 01439 788715

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It says on our website that we stock over 40,000 titles

(It must be many more than that by now...)

So just in case you thought that we couldn't possibly have it all in stock, ready to send, here's a photo of the flute music shelves. (That's just studies and pieces; ensembles are round the corner and take up a third as much shelf space again!)

Our Flute Music Shelves

One for the clarinetists... This is one of our clarinet shelves:

167 method books
410 study books
2,977 pieces 
(ensembles take up another wall)
growing daily!

Visitors are always welcome and there's a space to play through pieces if you bring your instruments. It's a beautiful part of the world and well worth a visit!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Prima Vista
 Presents An Afternoon Of French Baroque Music

Adel Sahnoun - Baroque & Modern Flute  |  Petra Hajduchová - Harpsichord   
Prima Vista is an energetic ensemble that approaches the baroque repertoire with a very original and imaginative interpretation. Their versatility has also enhanced their range of style and eras to explore more recent work written for their combination by composers such as Edmund Rubbra and Jean-Michel Damase to make them perform on both original and modern instruments.  

While studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Adel Sahnoun and Petra Hajduchová founded Prima Vista and received coaching by Anna Noakes, James Johnstone, Stephen Preston, Pamela Thorby and Dan Laurin. 

They are now both graduated and emerging their self into the professional world.  

They have recently performed at venues such as: 
            • the Chapel / Old Royal Naval College
            • the Maritime Museum
            • Fenton House
            • Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.

Prima Vista
 Presents An Afternoon Of French Baroque Music

3.00pm, June 2 2013

Prima Vista approach the baroque repertoire with original and imaginative interpretation. The programme will include Sonatas by Blavet, Leclair and Boismortier. Their versatility and style enables exploration of more recent works written for their combination, by composers such as Edmund Rubbra and Jean Michael Damase. Adel and Petra met while studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire School of Music and Dance, and won the 2012 June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad prize

 "……the spirit of music flows from Adel Sahnoun’s body when he plays……..he lives his music….’"

Wissam Boustany, International soloist. 

 £8 (including tea following the performance): Buy tickets here.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Launchpad Winners News Update: The Echo Trio

The Echo Trio, formed in 2011 at the Royal College of Music (RCM),

is an exciting combination of saxophone (Amy Green), 

violin (Radu Ropotan) and piano (Alexandra Zlatior).

They participated in the Chamber Music and Woodwind Ensemble competitions at the RCM in 2012, winning the June Emerson Launchpad Prize.

Based in London, they have performed in the concert series at St Mary Abbots Church, High Street Kensington, and in St John’s Church, Notting Hill, in conjunction with the Music Chamber series. This engaging trio enjoy working together and performing a diverse range of music.

Earlier in the year, The Echo Trio performed: 
  • Electric Clouds by Ian Stewart
  • Cantilene et Danse by Marc Eychenne
  • Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu by Marilyn Shrude
  • Quartet for an Outdoor Festival by Robert Aldridge
at St Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, London.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pledge Funds to Help Make Superbrass's Next Album "Brass Taps" a Reality

With your help, SUPERBRASS are going to record a new album of original brass and percussion music called BRASS TAPS !


For as little as £10 you can support Superbrass's commitment to continually bringing you new exciting brass and percussion repertoire.

For as little as £10, you will receive a BRAND NEW CD, posted to you directly from the ARTISTS themselves, with FREE postage within the UK. (Add £3 postage for a NON-UK address).

Hopefully, as an incentive and making EXCELLENT early Christmas presents, they've bundled together a few bits and pieces of merchandise alongside copies of the new sheet music and the all important BRASS TAPS CD.

 "A Right Pair of Mugs" - modelled by SUPERBRASS trombonists Andy Wood & Matt Gee,...look how chic you would look wearing these magnificent trendy threads :)))

Excepted from: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339361054/superbrass-brass-taps

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

English Brass Academy

English Brass Academy and South West Music School present:

Easter Course for Brass
Wellington School, Wellington, Somerset
2 - 5 April 2013

The Easter Brass Course is an exciting new collaboration between the English Brass Academy (EBA) and one of the UK's most innovative and dynamic arts organisations, South West Music School (SWMS).

Who are the English Brass Academy?
EBA's work is at the forefront of musical learning and provides high quality training by distinguished brass performers and educators. Led by international trumpet soloist Paul Archibald, the EBA team of tutors, some of which include Philippe Schartz, Paul Denegri, Simon Rayner, John Ryan, Christian Jones, John Kenny and Graham Sibley, and staff ensure the best in tuition and care for all participants.

SWMS is one of the national Centres of Advanced Training supported by the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme. SWMS works with young people with exceptional talent and potential from the ages of 8 – 18 and has vast experience in delivering high quality educational and creative musical courses for young musicians of all levels and consults on music education at an international level.

What are the English Brass Academy offering?
Together, the English Brass Academy will be presenting a Brass Academy course and a Brass Studio course for young musicians from across the UK during Easter 2013.

Brass Academy is for all young brass players up to grade 8 standard ages 8 – 18. This course contains small and large ensemble work; creative composition workshops, performance preparation and organised activites.

Brass Studio is for advanced players (grade 8+) who would like to take their playing to the next level. This course contains masterclasses, chamber music, orchestral excepts, creative composition workshops, mock auditions, health & wellbeing and music career talks.

South West Music School is delighted to announce the support of the Leverhulme Trust for bursaries to attend the English Brass Academy Easter Course for the next three years.

Click here to download Brass Academy and Brass Studio application forms. With any queries please email info@englishbrassacademy.co.uk / info@swms.org.uk

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Launchpad Winners News Update: Ellipsis Wind Quintet and flautist Michael Liu

The Ellipsis Quintet
photo credit: stmartin-in-the-fields.org
The Ellipsis Quintet were the Royal Academy of Music Launchpad winners for 2010/2011

Earlier this month, the Ellipsis Wind Quintet, featuring the pianist Chiao-Ying Chang (prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2003) performed:
  • Danzi: Wind Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 56 No. 1
  • Milhaud: La Chemineé du Roi René, Op. 205
  • Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet
at the Picture Gallery, the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, London.

Also, earlier this year, Ellipsis Wind Quintet's flautist Michael Liu performed the Khachaturian Flute Concerto at the St John's Smith Square. It was Michael's London concerto debut, and all three movements can be seen here in full:

And here's Michael again, who managed to get himself on TV!

For more information, please visit: www.EllipsisQuintet.com and www.ChiaoYingChang.com and www.michaelliuflute.com