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 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.

 

 

Derek Watkins
January 15, 2021

Derek Watkins

In this edition of Frankly Speaking on Frank Renton on Brass, I’m reflecting on Derek Watkins, the trumpeter who, as Dizzie Gillespie once said, "in the world of the lead trumpet, Derek Watkins is Mr. Lead”. Now that’s praise.

 

 

New Year 2021
December 31, 2020

New Year 2021

In this edition of Frankly Speaking on Frank Renton on Brass, I’m reflecting on 2020 as probably the most challenging year ever, and looking forward to what 2021 could bring. A New Year reflection.

 

 

 

The Sound
November 27, 2020

The Sound

In this edition of Frankly Speaking on Frank Renton on Brass, I’m considering the sound of brass, a brass band, and how it should adapt to the many different styles of music it plays.

 

 

 

Contest Music
November 13, 2020

Contest Music

Putting together this week's music podcast of performances from Brass in Concert over the years, made me think about the value of contesting, and how it's changed over the years. So I made that the core of this edition of Frankly Speaking. It's the music isn't it!