Here’s a little thing I did a few days ago for BBC Radio Cumbria, with the lovely Anne Hopper. It features a couple of exclusive clips of the recent show.
No apologies for the lack of posts recently! It dawned on me that this blog was meant to chart the progress of the concert and seeing as that’s happened, I reckon I’m allowed to not post anything!
Still, things in many ways are continuing with the concert. We’ve been very busy preparing both a video and an audio version of the concert and I’m happy to say that the DVD video version has been signed off at this end. It looks fantastic. Sadly, without a considerable investment, it won’t be available for anyone to see.
These things are very expensive. Musicians need paying. Song rights need paying for. Disc manufacture needs paying for. This all amounts to many thousands of pounds, with no suggestion that we’d ever sell enough to make it pay. Essentially we need a wealthy benefactor to pay for it all, so if anyone has any bright ideas, please, please get in touch!
In the meantime, we’ve prepared a seven minute promo trailer, which has been beautifully compiled by Roger Keech. I’m delighted with it, it gives a real flavour of the concert. I hope you like it. Feel free to share it, link to it, comment on it, like it, blog it, tweet it, post it to Facebook, do what the hell you like with it really!
Well, I did a little interview last week for the Lancaster University TV station, which the interviewer Chris Osborn has just sent me. I can’t quite bear to watch it today, but it should give you a little insight into what I’m thinking and what I’m hoping to achieve by all this work I’ve been doing recently.
Sorry I look so rough, it was a last minute to grab an opportunity and record it whilst I was busy doing other things!
So tomorrow is concert day, but today was exhibition day. To be honest, I don’t know anything about how to put an exhibition together so I pretty much put a load of stuff in some cabinets and then ate a Greggs sausage roll.
The picture above is of one of the cabinets which I filled full of various bits of Hylton ephemera, rare and unseen pictures, newspaper articles, gramophone records, press cuttings books, programmes, that sort of thing.
There’s plenty more there too: (more…)
Well, amongst the never ending score writing which seems to be burdening my life at the moment, today I’ve come up with a real treasure.
It’s a version of “Cheek To Cheek” which the band never recorded. All seemed normal until I realised that the vocal part of the song had no instrumentation and included a vocal in seven parts! This is a real rarity. I’m not aware of any other arrangements in the archive within which all the instruments stop and singing starts in quite so many parts.
It is, of course, quite hard to imagine how it would sound played by the full size band and that many singers. So, if anyone fancies working on it and recording it, we’ll publicise it and stick it on the website.
There we go. That’s all I’ve got to say. The picture above might go some way to helping you understand how hard it is to make the old scores into new all singing all dancing computerised scores. That is, suffice to say, a little bit hard to read!
Better go, lots of sellotaping to do!
To see the newly made files, click here: http://www.jackhylton.com/sheet-music/
To buy tickets for the upcoming concert, click here: https://www.liveatlica.org/whats-on/the-band-that-jack-built
Well there we go. I’ve spent enough time talking about it but now it exists in real life. In fact, after nearly twenty years of speculating about it, I’ve finally made a Jack Hylton biography happen, and there it is, in my hand.
In fact, at the moment I’m taking it everywhere I go at the moment, but I think that’s OK! As it happens, this one is unique. I spotted a couple of glaring errors, so I corrected them and revised the project and now I have a room full of them being printed and sent out to me. Hey, guess what you’re getting for Christmas….?
Please come to the concert where I shall sell this for the first time, and sign it, and probably give you a little bit of a discount. If you’re nice.
As the preparations for the concert continue apace (we’ve worked out a set list and everything) I’ve started making available the sheet music for free PDF download. There’s around twenty tunes there so far, so please take a look.
Just go to http://www.jackhylton.com and click on ‘sheet music’. It’s free, which is nice, but if you want to contribute to the costs of undertaking such a mammoth task, then feel free to give me money!
I’ve also started a service whereby I’ll print and bind the arrangements for you and post them, for a small cost. It’s relatively cheap for what you’re getting, but I don’t mind if you just download them!
Anyway, please visit the site, download the sheet music and let me know how it all sounds!
Concert information here:
Please buy tickets, we’d love to see you there!