Frankly Speaking

IN OUR FRANKLY SPEAKING PROGRAMMES, frank LOOKs BACK AT PEOPLE, PERFORMANCES, MUSIC AND EVENTS WHICH HAVE LEFT A SIGNIFICANT MARK ON his LIFE AS A MUSICIAN.

As Frank says, "some I hope you'll find amusing, others thought provoking or moving, but all will be written from the heart".

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Kneller Hall closing
January 14, 2022

Kneller Hall closing

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I’m speaking frankly about something very close to my heart, and the closing of Kneller Hall.

A Tale of Two Contests
December 3, 2021

A Tale of Two Contests

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm sharing my thoughts on two recent live events, would the audiences be back and perhaps more importantly how would the bands be playing after such a long period away from the contest stage? 

Sir Malcolm Arnold
October 21, 2021

Sir Malcolm Arnold

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm sharing my memories of a man who was full of stories, full of friendship and full of great music, both as trumpet player and of course as one of our most distinguished composers. Sir Malcolm Arnold, who was born on 21 October 1921.

 

William Rimmer
September 17, 2021

William Rimmer

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I’m celebrating the talent and achievements of the often overlooked player, composer and conductor, William Rimmer, who made a unique contribution to the band world back in the early 20th Century.

 

“The President’s Own”
July 21, 2021

“The President’s Own”

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm taking an affectionate look at the "The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organisation, and one that to my mind excels in just about every department.

 

Kneller Hall News
July 5, 2021

Kneller Hall News

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm paying tribute to Kneller Hall, both the place itself, and the wonderful people who made it the home of military music for over 150 years.