Posted by Martin Cordner on Thursday, January 26, 2012 Under: site updates
...or 'long time, no see!'

Hello folks and I welcome myself back to cordnermusic.com!

Our church at  Sydenham SA is on an exciting journey and as such keeps Leanne and myself occupied full time - Christian ministry is wonderful. When it's rest time we try to prioritise family as our two wonderful children continue to grow and develop. So my hobbies have been a little neglected; I've not been able to write music as often as I would like and as for the website... well, enough said. Anyhow that's enough with the excuses, here's the news.

Site updates
  • Just today I've added an article page for my Festival March Impact and adjusted the General & Festival Series Index accordingly.
  • Yola (my website provider) now offers a mobile version of the site, for those with phones, tablets, etc. Feel free to check it out. I'd be interested to hear how you get on with it.
In the new year I was pleased to receive through the letterbox a copy of Kettering Citadel Band's new recording That's the Spirit and discover that South Shields Celebration is number one on the track list. It's always a thrill to have music recorded and I'm especially indebted to Bandmaster Richard Phillips and the band members for their capable rendition.
Catalogue updates
Since the last site update I have received news that Impact and Celebrate & Sing are to be published in March and September 2012 respectively. I have also received word that sadly, The Great Rescue will not be published. The Army's view is that the featured song - Thank you for saving me - does not sit well within the march idiom. I think it works okay (i wouldn't have arranged it in such a way otherwise) but can see where they come from and respect their view. Que sera and all that.
New music
The only piece I have been able to complete since September was a Christmas work for Bristol Easton Band and their Annual Christmas Spectacular at the Colston Halls. He is Born is an concert opener with optional fanfare at the start. It features Ding! Dong! Merrily on high, The First Nowell, Angels we have heard on high and While Shepherds Watched, all in my 'usual' overture style. 

Requested work for this year includes two Euphonium solos, a Christmas March, tunes for the new SA tune book and music to be written for SP&S's First Things First vol. 2 journal to be released in 2013. Once all that is done I have some ideas for a third (and final) piece along the same lines as Escape Velocity and Fusion. This will complete a trilogy of music capturing the essence of the journey of life, but more on that later.
I frequently get messages from folks telling me when and where a piece of mine has been played - it's always a thrill to hear such news... thank you very much.
Since the last update I've been able to catch a recording of Fusion being played by the ISB, and my friend Nick Garman informs me that Redbridge Brass (Jeremy Wise) have Let Everything Praise on the repertoire at the moment and that the piece has been performed in the contesting setting (possibly a first for a piece of mine?). Finally, Captain Julian Short (Balham corps, South London) got in contact to say that Balham 120 was well-received at their recent 120-year anniversary celebrations. 

I think that's us pretty much up to date. Thank you, as always, for your continued interest.

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Tags: sydenham impact "kettering citadel band" "celebrate & sing" "the great rescue" "bristol easton band" "escape velocity" fusion "let everything praise" "redbridge brass" "balham 120" 
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