Browsing Archive: August, 2011


Posted by Martin Cordner on Monday, August 29, 2011, In : site updates 
Greetings reader, I hope you are well.

Here's something I plan to work on for the site: Inspiration - composers and pieces of music that have inspired, helped and defined me. So far four names are there - that'll do for a start. Probably thirty more to go - that'll take a few months, I imagine. 

Do read the articles and do comment if you agree or disagree with something I've said. Thanks again for your continued interest!

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Two articles added

Posted by Martin Cordner on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : site updates 
I've just uploaded article pages for On High! and Small World, Big God to the site. I hope you enjoy reading about them.


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Home page tweak

Posted by Martin Cordner on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : site updates 
Just some small tweaks to the home page of the site this week.  First, there is the addition of a social media widget at the top right - I hope that along with the search box, this new feature is helpful. Second there is a new, brighter photograph.  
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Summer School Festival

Posted by Martin Cordner on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : performances 
I'm just home from attending the final festival of the Belfast Temple Summer School at Orangefield Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Orangefield is a great venue - comfortable, spacious with terrific acoustics. Performance-wise everything was at a good level this year; musical standard, energy and communication. After a full week of activities, socialising and the inevitable late nights, the staff and students did tremendously well. In fact it's a wonder they were still standing.

There were many h...
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New projects

Posted by Martin Cordner on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : new music 
I'm pleased to announce that I am embarking on two new Unity Series projects in the near future.

The first is a march Balham 120 requested by Lieuts. Julian and Val Short especially for the anniversary celebrations at Balham corps, South London later this year. The second is a Euphonium Solo requested by Bandmaster Richard Carroll for his son and my friend Wes Carroll at Hythe corps, Kent. It's looking as though it will be based on the tune Aurelia. I hope this will be ready for the band in th...
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Readership stats

Posted by Martin Cordner on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : site updates 
In adding new article pages for two earlier works Amazing Grace and Shout with Joy! I am pleased to report that site is developing a steady readership base

The lovely people at Google Analytics tell me that the site has had over 1,300 visits since it began back in April (remember it all began with me having my tonsils out?). In the first month (April/May) there were 355 visits and this last month (July/Aug) saw 625 visits. About half the total visits are unique visitors so that means 600+ pe...
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Unity Series nears completion

Posted by Martin Cordner on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : site updates 
Hi everybody,

All but my earliest Unity Series pieces are now online for your interest. Additionally I'm continuing to tweak fonts and layouts, trying to make the site as pleasing to the eye and functional as possible. You'll also notice a new search box on the home page. 

I've seen quite a few good-looking Wordpress sites recently but I'm afraid I'm invested in this Yola technology for the time being. Would be interested to hear from anybody who has experience in either of these, though.

The si...
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August site updates

Posted by Martin Cordner on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, In : site updates 
The latest batch of improvements include:
  • Further Unity Series & Triumph Series content added
  • Photo acknowledgments on the Gallery page
  • Additional CD recordings (on individual article pages)
  • Inclusion of more song words
  • Further background information
  • Optimization of photos for faster browsing
  • General tidying up (aligning of text etc) and standardising of pages
  • Comments box on individual articles
  • Contact form on contact page
Thanks for your continued interest in my site!

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New work - 'Learn, Love and Live'

Posted by Martin Cordner on Thursday, August 11, 2011, In : new music 
Whilst on holiday this week I've managed to write Learn, Love and Live - a short three-movement Unity Series suite. I've not written a Unity Series piece since 2008 so it's a welcome return for me (you can read about my interest in writing for smaller ensembles here).

This particular piece has been written for Bandmaster John Moore (Belfast Citadel Salvation Army) and the 2011 Belfast Music School Castle Lake Band which John is leading again this year.  The three choruses have been chosen by J...
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New site design

Posted by Martin Cordner on Saturday, August 6, 2011, In : site updates 
Hi everybody, as you can see I've given the site a bit of an overhaul.  There's a new design - I hope you enjoy it, plus a ton of new content online.

In the coming weeks I hope to get audio clips and scores for my Unity Series catalogue, and upload some of my music that hasn't been written for the UK brass band journals e.g. songs, special/custom arrangements.

In the meantime, I hope that's enough to keep you going.  As always, if there's anything you'd like to know I'm more than happy to commu...
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Site updates

Posted by Martin Cordner on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, In : site updates 
I've tidied up the site a little, and uploaded some extra content. Improvements include improved audio clips & score samples plus updated music pages.  The videos page has been removed (it was getting quite long) so you'll now find video clips on the page relating to the piece of music.
In addition there are now audio clips, score excerpts and background information for the following pieces:

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10 emerging composers aaron vanderwheele abide with me africa alive alta vista amazing grace america americana amsterdam staff band andrew mackereth asb aurelia aus territorial youth band back to the bandroom balham balham 120 ball battle call battle lines belfast music school best ending birmingham citadel band blue marble boundless boundless spirit brantwood brass weekend brett baker brian bowen bright bristol easton band bruce broughton bugletweet bulla call of the gospel camp ladore canada canadian staff band cd celebrate & sing celebrate and sing chronicles citadel praise citadel tactics cmi come to jesus commissioning condon congo congress cornet duet cornet solo coventry city band curnow daniel rosenquist darren shaw david ayma david daws david edmonds dorothy nancekievill downie drc dudley bright duet eastbourne citadel easter emass emerging composers eminence endeavour enfield citadel band eric ball escape velocity fall festival fanfare & flourishes fantasia for cornet fearless film music fine city fire in the blood fired-up! first things first flashpoint fundraising fusion future future all stars general series glenn barlow gny youth band goffin gordon lovie gordon ward greg tuck gullidge harold burgmayer heaton hempstead citadel band herikstad himes hythe i will sing impact inspiration international staff band ipswich citadel isb iss james anderson john moore júbilo júbilo! ken waterworth kettering citadel band kinshasa larsson latin learn love and live leeds west hunslet len ballantine let everything praise let there be rock london 10k london central fellowship band lord of sea and sky marcus venables melbourne staff band mentoring micah parsons most popular ending msb music camp music ministries department music school netherlands new york new york staff band north york temple band norwich norwich citadel band novus vox nysb nytb ohne sorgen olaf ritman on high! over vale and hill pacific coast pendel phil laeger ponsford premiere profile night publication pulse quest redbridge brass regent hall regent hall band retreat richard carroll ritman robert redhead roel van kesteren roger trigg ruud vermeij salvation army music salvation brass score sample semper fidelis send the fire shout with joy! simon birkett site update skydance small world big god soldiers of christ song book council songs of ascent songs of the ages sound clip south shields celebration st denio variations stand strong star lake stats steadfast steadman-allen steef klepke stephen bulla stephen cobb study scores survey sweetest name sydenham symphony sounds synergy temple visions ten emerging composers territorial music school territorial youth band the adventurers the follower the garden the great rescue tms tour trinity brass trinity praise trombone twitter tyb um bongo quest unity series uppingham school usa usa western territorial band venables” we have a gospel wes carroll witnesses for christ woodbridge wordpress yola you are always there zeist “robert
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