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Exeter Symphony Orchestra concert

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Having received the music for this concert yesterday, I can safely say that it's going to be a challenge! Yes, I know the Holst very well indeed, but Vaughan William's Symphony No.6 in E minor is new to me - well at least on tuba it is! As ever with his music, this is breathtaking in it's harmonic complexity, and interweaving counterpoint. I love it! They're the only two pieces that feature the tuba, but I'll enjoy listening to the other works

As it's 2014 and the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, why not get yourself down to Southernhay United Reformed Church on Saturday 15th November starting at 7.30pm and have a listen?



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Here's a new arrangement for you. Check out my new version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. Written specifically for bands of an intermediate standard - that is: it's not too difficult, it's in a playable key (keys, actually - it modulates twice ending up in Ab), there's no unnecessary running around, and the geography makes sense!

Hope you like it - I'm sure your audiences will.


Jesus Christ Superstar

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Now that I seem to be on the mend and looking forward again instead of backwards, it's show time! My favourite all time musical (don't ask me why - it just is - maybe because it set a new level on the playing field of musicals when it was written and first staged) and I'm playing drums in this production at Axminster Guildhall from 18th - 22nd November.

Interesting set up...but I'll let you find out when you come and see it!

Tickets available from The Box Office (Archway Bookshop) on 01297 33595.


Cornish Carols for Christmas

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Coming very soon for your delectation, and just in time for Christmas: A Cavalcade of Cornish Carols for brass band and concert wind band:

Adoration (Angels from the Realms) J. Newsome
Chorus: Prepare the Song of Praise - J. Newsome
The Star of Jacob - S. Nicholas
Hark! The Christmas Bells! - S. Nicholas
The Star of Bethlehem - S. Nicholas
Shepherds Keeping Watch - S. Nicholas
Great Soul - Kenneth Pelmear
Newquay - Kenneth Pelmear
St Day - Kenneth Pelmear
Hail, Sacred Day, Auspicious Morn! - Thomas Merritt
Awake, Awake the Lofty Song - Thomas Merritt
Lo! He Comes, and Infant Stranger - Thomas Merritt
Hark the Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes - Thomas Merritt
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Thomas Merritt

....and many more by Thomas Merritt and by R. H. Heath.


To Dance or not to Dance?

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Ok let me explain. It's a play on words you see: Dances with Wolves = Dance is With Music - because my name is 'Dance' - geddit?

We do not provide the following:

  • Dancing lessons (of any kind)
  • Disco Music (I am not a DJ and especially not at weddings)
  • Big Bands (although I can put you in touch)
  • Dance Bands (again, I can point you in the right direction)
  • One-Man-Bands (I am a musician, NOT a magician)

So, unless you want a conductor, music composed or arranged, your musical instrument fixed, brass lessons, or to book me to play drums/brass for you, PLEASE look elsewhere!

Thank you for having a browse on my website though!

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