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Fame at last!

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Exmouth_Journal_040117Fame at last! Well in Exmouth anyway. Nevertheless, it seems that my story appears to be newsworthy and has been printed in my home town's local rag. To be honest, it makes a change from pictures and editorial of me and my work as a police officer that used to feature fairly frequently.

The article was supposed to appeal to younger people at a time when they didn't know what they wanted to do with their lives, or didn't believe their talents could prove fruitful, but that's not exactly how it comes across. What I meant was, you're only a failure if you believe what others tell you, and accept that as the only truth there is. I've proved all of those people wrong.  I failed my 'Eleven Plus', did miserably at school, redeeming myself somewhat by obtaining two 'A' levels despite what people told me, then failed to get into music college, and failed again to obtain a degree at C F Mott College. I then tried and failed at accountancy (it was never me anyway) - didn't really get off the ground if the truth be told! However, again much to everyone's surprise, I did make a success of being a policeman for thirty years, during which time my music was always a part of me, what with membership of The Band of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

Finally obtaining a 1st Class Honours degree in music at the ripe old age of 48 years, I surprised everyone, but there were still those who said I'd never make it as a professional musician in my retirement. Well, maybe I won't ever be a household name, and I'm not sure I'd want to be either, but my music will outlive me, and is out there being played around the world.

I'm happy with the way things have turned out, and roll on 2018!

Christmas Music at Killerton House

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Once again here at Dance is With Music we have been asked to arrange the performance of Christmas Music at the National Trust, Killerton House near Broadclyst in Devon in 2017. Leaving it only everso slightly late to ask this year, I'm delighted to say that through my endless music contacts in the South West, I have been able to fill all the available dates, and, pending any cancellations, this is the line-up this year:


Saturday 25th November - Devon Fire & Rescue Service Band
Sunday 26th November - Camelford Town Band
Saturday 2nd December - SW Comms Band
Sunday 3rd December - Tiverton Town Band
Saturday 9th December - Flute Cake
Sunday 10th December - Camelford Town Band
Saturday 16th December - Esoteric Brass Quintet
Sunday 17th December - Coffee House Consort
Saturday 23rd December - Teachers Rock Choir

With exception of the two choirs, and at the request of the National Trust, there will only be small ensembles from each band, and each group will perform two sets of festive music between 12.00pm and 4.00pm on each occasion. Give them your support. It's also a great time to visit Killerton House, who put on a fantastic themed display in their property every Christmas, and it's well worth the entry fee I can promise you!

Check out the Facebook event page which will give you regular updates and notice of any changes to the line-up.




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One is ever so slightly excited about this! My original composition Excalibur (with a taste of the Wagnerian about it) has gone on global release in the new 2017 Mf Publications brochure! I love what they've done with the cover, and really hope that the piece is played all over the world at concerts, and even better, at the occasional contest.

It's promoted alongside music by Alan Fernie and Simon Kerwin, and together with my concert march Heroes of the Sky and trombone tro Midnight in Moscow. I'm really chuffed!


Hot of the press!

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Fresh in from MF Publications - a pristine copy of all my compositions and arrangements published by them! One is suitably chuffed, and just a little humbled. I hope you all like the pieces - and I look forward to hearing them at concerts, and who knows - even the odd contest.


Changes to EU legislation to modernise copyright rules

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The European Commission (EC) has proposed new legislation to modernise EU copyright rules, so the creative industries can continue to grow in the online market. On 14 September, the EC set out proposals to increase access to digital content across the EU, while bringing clearer rules on the use of works by online platforms, specifically user uploaded content (UUC), also referred to as user generated content (UGC), services e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud etc. 

Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft said: 

PRS has been at the very forefront of the ‘transfer of value’ debate, calling for legal clarity to address problems in the online content market and a return of consent to creators. We, therefore, very much welcome the Commission’s recognition of the problem and the opportunity the proposed Directive represents to address the current imbalance of interests between user upload platforms and rightsholders. There is still much work to do in order to build consensus in the European Parliament and member states, but we will work with our partners across the creative industries to secure this much needed reform.

What does this mean for me?

The proposed changes will provide essential legal framework to allow members to more effectively share in the true value of their works on these services. This will be achieved by making sure user upload services are required to enter into licensing agreements with rightsholders. The proposed changes would clarify that UUC services cannot claim the Safe Harbour Defence in order to avoid liability for the use of copyright protected works on their platforms. They would be obliged to be fully and appropriately licensed by rightsholders. This legal certainty would help when negotiating licence deals, meaning a fairer deal for creators. 

The proposals also contain measures to improve the control rightsholders would have over their works online. Services providing access to large amounts of copyright protected works would have to take measures to prevent unlicensed or unauthorised content appearing on their services. This could include using content recognition and management technology. There is no set timeline for these proposals; the reforms are now subject to amendment and development by the European Parliament. However, the proposals represent a significant first step towards a fairer, better functioning copyright framework.

Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on the EC’s draft legislation and its future implications.

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