New arrangements and compositions every month



Jolly Holidays

News 18.09.2017, 09:59

Now that Book 5 of the Monteverdi (All of the first 6 books are available) is uploaded I am going to have a few days away. I will still receive emails, but I may not be able to respond as quickly as I'm rubbish at typing on my phone!


Heads up! Book 5 is on its way

News 16.09.2017, 17:48

Just to keep everyone up to date, I will be publishing Book 5 of the madrigals within the next week. Then I'll probably have a bit of a break before I tackle Book 7. This book contains all sorts of tools that Monteverdi later used in his operas, including monody, semi-recitatives, instrumental numbers, solo arias and duets with chorus and so on. The challenge is going to be keeping it to 5 parts as much as possible, while retaining the distinctive blend of sounds. There are some numbers where ...


Hardraw Scar

News 11.09.2017, 17:10

Although it sounds like the title for a film about pirates, Hardraw Scar is one of the most beautiful venues I have ever played in. I'm really looking forward to playing in the entertainment contest there on Sunday 10th. Just have to hope the weather keeps off. The weathermen have said it's probably going to rain but I live in hope! [UPDATE 11/9/17] Well, we came, we saw, we kicked butt! Old Hall Brass scooped the Best March category, 2nd place in the  entertainment category and 2nd place ...


Problems, problems!

News 05.09.2017, 18:07

Just an update. I have added my orchestral pieces to the shop now, but I have had a few issues with the transfer of the mp3s. This means I have had to upload new files and, while I was at it, I uploaded new pdfs as well. Hopefully I've caught any silliness that may have been going on.


Four Flutes Flowing

News 04.09.2017, 21:10

In case any of you flautists are feeling neglected by not having parts in the madrigals, how about a brand new, original piece of music for flute quartet. Four Flutes Flowing was written for Sue Pamp and her quartet of C Flutes.  It started off a s just a simple piece, but soon grew into a three movement work around the idea of the flow of life, the connecting idea is a short alternating figure which features prominently in all three movements. 1. Spring: This movement depicts the birds and ...


Book 6 is completed!

News 31.08.2017, 08:33

I have managed to finish and upload book 6! It is taking a long time to upload individual songs so I have not yet uploaded all of the completed sets. I have uploaded the complete books 1-6 , but only book 2, book 6 and numbers 1 to 8 of book 1 are there as individual songs. They have the same orchestration as the complete books and give you more freedom to choose the songs that you want. At between $2.99 and $6,99 they are very reasonably priced for any brass or woodwind ensemble and make great ...


Monteverdi Madrigals for Brass

News 15.08.2017, 11:12

This is a huge undertaking and will be an ongoing project for some time. I am currently transcribing the whole 8 books of Monteverdi's madrigals for flexible quintet. The parts are described as Part 1 in Bb, Part 2 in Bb, Part 3 in Eb/F, Part 4 in Bb/C(Bass clef), Part 5 in Eb/Bb/C(Bass clef) and are suitable for wind, brass or a combination of both. In most cases, treble clef parts are not provided for flutes, as the ranges of some of the songs are a little too wide for them at the bottom end. However, ...


On Time

Article 14.08.2017, 09:31

Time is a funny old thing. Apparently you can never have enough but you sometimes find yourself with too much of it on your hands. I've had just a weekend on holiday so far and I'm bored already! It's probably a good job I've got some holidays to look forward to. There's a profound difference between having a holiday and having a rest. Teachers are very aware of the difference, as are doctors and nurses, policemen and firemen. You may start your holiday at the end of your working year, but you don't ...


On the National Lottery

Article 14.08.2017, 09:15

Once upon a time, long ago and far away in a galaxy at the rim of the universe there was a celestial body called the lottery commission. It was a strange planet, divorced entirely from any other reality, but it had the important task of distributing hand-outs throughout the artistic and needy sections of our galaxy for the benefit of all. Unfortunately for the LC's credibility, it seemed to give money to those who didn't really need it and not give it to those that did. It was a sort of Robin Hood in ...


On Selfishness

Article 14.08.2017, 09:11

I never cease to be amazed at the complete and utter selfishness of some people. How many of you would park your car across the entrance to an office, bus station, petrol station, fire station? Strange, I can't see any hands up. Yet how many of you park in front of a school entrance of a weekday morning? How many of you drive into the school, despite being repeatedly asked not to, because of the danger to your children, and block everyone's access? Many. How many of you go completely colour blind and ...