What is Music - Music Outlined

Music theory from the very beginning. If you want to know how to write music, want help revising for exams at school, or just interested in how music works, then this series is for you! This first video tackles a very important question for anyone who studies and plays music. Although there is no definitive answer, it's worth being aware of other musical tastes. Everything you listen to has moulded what you enjoy, and your preferred music style can change over time, sometimes drastically. 

Intro/outro music: Dvorak 9th Symphony - Movement 2

 

Next video - Pulse & Beat

 

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment, and I'll try and get back to you. Videos are on a loose schedule of one per week, if all goes to plan, Monday lunchtime (1pm UTC).

How To Recognise A Work Of Art 

New music video for the soon to be released single by Meilyr Jones. I played for the CD recording a year ago now, and have been performing many of the songs from the disk over the summer at various festivals. The album will be coming out early 2016, and I shall make a post about it closer to the time. Hope you enjoy this track, it's been great fun to play it, and I'm looking forward to playing it a whole lot more in the future.

Trumpet & Organ Recital Recordings

I've just made the recordings from my most recent recital in Berkhamsted live on my Youtube Channel 


I really enjoyed my time in Berkhamsted and hope to be back again in the future to perform there.


I was told by quite a few members of the audience that they particularly enjoyed the Kaddish by Ravel, so I will post this below. Please visit my Youtube Channel or the Solo Performing page here to see more from the concert

Trumpet & Organ Recital

On Monday the 2nd of November I shall be performing at St. Peter's in Berkhamsted. The recital will be with the resident organist of the church, Jonathan Lee, and will include works by J.S.Bach, Jeremiah Clarke, and Naji Hakim.

 

The concert will be recorded, hopefully with video, which I shall be uploading to Youtube afterwards.

 

If you would like to attend the recital, the full details are:

 

2nd of November, 8pm

St Peter's Great Berkhamsted

Church Lane

BERKHAMSTED

Hertfordshire

HP4 2AX

 


GreenMan Festival with Meilyr Jones

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Meilyr Jones and band just before performing on BBC Radio 6 for Marc Riley

Meilyr Jones Is a fantastic musician, song writer and performer, and someone I've known now for over ten years. We first met while playing in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain while we were teenagers. Later we studied together at the Royal Academy of Music. The first CD  I played on with Meilyr was GoodBye Falkenberg by the Race Horses. The project Meilyr is currently working on included a full orchestra in the recording studio, and is a great mix of indie-pop and classical music. We couldn't take the entire orchestra to the festival, so each of the pieces has been rearranged to work with a smaller group. As well as the core band or guitars, keyboards and drums, the group also had viola, bassoon, saxophone and trumpet (myself).

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Performing on the Far Out stage at the Green Man Festival 2015

This was my first ever festival experience, and I absolutely loved it! Coming from London, and having not spent a night in a tent for over 10 year, I didn't have any of the right stuff to the in a wet muddy field for the weekend. I had to buy wellies on the way and borrow a tent. 

 

We started of the festival performing on the Far Out stage, a huge circus tent. a great crowd turned out to see us perform, despite us being on at 11:30am on the Saturday. We then went on to do a session for BBC Wales (hopefully have a recording to show soon) and we also created two videos with a production company of some of the songs we've been performing (videos coming soon too). 

 

Saturday night and Sunday morning was extremely wet, and unfortunately we were performing outside in the Walled Garden at lunch time. It was very muddy but we had a great crowed down to watch.

 

As much as i enjoyed the festival atmosphere, and playing to huge amounts of people, I was very pleased to get home Sunday evening to my own bed and not be out in the rain. Looking forward to the next festival I'm playing with Meilyr which is the End Of The Road festival at the beginning of September.

 

Simon