Thursday, 15 October 2009

New this Week

I now have a bit of a breather after the September/early October rush, so have been able to add more new music to the website.

Starting with Christmas, Faber Music has published another collection of pieces for school string ensemble, Stringpops Christmas. Easy arrangements for players up to grade 2, it comes with a CD containing PDF parts and recordings of the accompaniments too, all for £9.99.

Taigh na Teud, the scottish publisher based on the Isle of Skye, has published several new books this autumn. Most of them are music for the Scottish Music Exams grades 1 to 5: for harp, accordion, and fiddle (towards the bottom of the page).
For choir there is Slighe an Airgrid, gaelic songs for choir.

Brass Wind have just published an eagerly awaited book, Winner Scores All. This is all over the new syllabus for brass instruments and there has already been a lot of interest. Currently there is a treble clef instrumental version
with a piano accompaniment available for b flat (trumpet) only.
The bass clef instrumental version for trombone has also just been published. I am sure more versions and piano accompaniments will follow.

Moving on to strings, a new publication by Kevin Mayhew is also on the cello exam syllabus. Go with the Flow contains music for cello in a range of styles.
The CDs for the 2010-2015 Trinity Guildhall violin syllabus are just out.
The CDs for the new Trinity guitar syllabus have also just been published and also include the guitar duets.
Staying with guitar, The Real Guitar Book Volume 3 has been published this month by Camden .
Other music -Let's Swing for violin, with CD has just been released by Spartan Press. It does exactly what it says on the tin!
For saxophone, there is Songs for Claire, and new music to the website (not newly published) includes The Light Touch 1 and 2 for trumpet.
Finally, with the prospect of a postal strike looming, I am adding the option for special delivery (UK only) to the website. Special delivery items are treated differently to ordinary post and will not be too affected by a strike. Though they may slow a little, they won't get stuck in a pile in a sorting office, so if you want to pay extra for the reassurance, you may do so.
I'm not happy about the prospect of a strike - for small businesses like me who use Royal Mail to send out our parcels and have some deliveries arrive by ordinary post, a strike will cost money. I may have to pay extra for special delivery for my supplies, so I really have no sympathy with Royal Mail workers, along with all of the public I meet in the post office every day. Let's hope someone somewhere sees sense before they proceed down this suicidal path.

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