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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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!

 

 

 

Gordon Langford
October 30, 2020

Gordon Langford

I’m taking a look at the life and music of one of the most consummate all round musicians I ever met and worked with, Gordon Langford, pianist, arranger, composer and entertainer.

 

Banding after Covid-19
October 16, 2020

Banding after Covid-19

We haven’t known a situation like this in peacetime and maybe even in times of war too, but it’s the effect that Covid-19 is having on the arts world, and the brass band world in particular, that I’ve been thinking about lately, and it's the theme for this edition of Frankly Speaking.

 

Jim Shepherd
October 2, 2020

Jim Shepherd

In this edition of Frankly Speaking I’m talking about one of my dearest and oldest friends and colleagues, Jim Shepherd, known affectionately by everyone in the business as Gentleman Jim. He’s a star!

 

Hannes Buchegger and Brass Brand OberOesterreich
September 18, 2020

Hannes Buchegger and Brass Brand OberOesterreich

Ten years ago anyone in the Bruckner Hall in Linz had a brass band night to remember. I can think of few experiences that gave me more sense of joy than watching Hannes Buchegger at work with Brass Brand OberOesterreich. So much I had to talk about it in this edition of Frankly Speaking.


 

The Rise and Fall of the Yorkshire Building Society Band
September 4, 2020

The Rise and Fall of the Yorkshire Building Society Band

The story of the Yorkshire Building Society Band and David King, because the two are inextricably entwined, is one of great joy in their success, and great sadness at their ultimate and rapid demise - it was a brilliant roller-coaster of a musical adventure and I talk about it in this edition of Frankly Speaking.