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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The CWS (Manchester) Band
April 16, 2021

The CWS (Manchester) Band

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm reflecting on the CWS (Manchester) Band, which despite going out of business as it were in 1985, is still thought of with great affection by legions of brass band listeners all over the world.

Easter 60 years ago, and an elephant!
April 2, 2021

Easter 60 years ago, and an elephant!

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I, like the elephant it features, am recalling an incident that I'll definitely never forget!

The Virtual European Championship 2021
March 19, 2021

The Virtual European Championship 2021

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I’m featuring the up-coming Virtual European Brass Bands Championships and what fun it's been to help put it all together. 

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
March 5, 2021

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I’m sharing my thoughts on the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, how it has changed and developed over the last 70 years, and the important role it plays in the music world today.

 

The joy of discovering big bands
February 19, 2021

The joy of discovering big bands

In this edition of Frankly Speaking, I’m reflecting on how important music education can be to the wellbeing of young people, and just how much I'm inspired by the sound of the big band.

 

 

Sammy Nestico
January 29, 2021

Sammy Nestico

In this edition of Frankly Speaking on Frank Renton on Brass, I’m reflecting on Sammy Nestico, one of the great composers and arrangers of the big band and popular music world, with a rare understanding of what music is all about, who died on the 17th of January this year at the age of 96.