Friday, 11 December 2009

Christmas Deliveries 2009

As we approach Christmas, please bear in mind that stock deliveries to me and post deliveries to you do tend to slow down.

Items on the website with despatch times of 1-2 working days are held in stock and will be despatched on the next available working day. Occasionally we run out of these items and if this happens you will be informed,together with the likely despatch date.

Items on the website with a despatch time of 4 working days or more are ordered specially and it is likely that the last orders will be placed with publishers on 14th and 15th December, to allow delivery before Christmas. Special order items requested after this time may not arrive in time for Christmas.

Orders will be despatched on every working day up to and including the 23rd December, and on normal working days between Christmas and New Year.

But please note that all the music publishers close down completely between Christmas and New Year, so special order items (and any replacement stock items) will not be ordered until Monday 4th January.

If you would like further information on this, do drop me a line:

Have a restful Christmas and Happy New Year.


Friday, 4 December 2009

New Music This Week

One of the problems with 18th century music is the requirement to improvise cadenzas, a skill which is difficult to master - I never did!

So a new publication - example cadenzas for Mozart's oboe concerto - is sure to be of help to young oboists, as this music is a staple of the repertoire. Written by Melinda Maxwell, it gives ideas and suggestions for suitable improvisations.

Another publication new to the website is Ten Supplementary Studies for Young Brass Players by Colin Moore. Useful as sight reading practice in preparation for exams, these graded studies are published with bass and treble clef versions in the same book.

In other news, courier and postal deliveries are starting to be a little erratic in the run-up to Christmas. If you want music for Christmas, please order early as there are only two weeks left before the Christmas shutdown.