Lancaster

Interview for Lancaster University TV

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!

 

Preparation, preparation, preparation

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I realise I ought to be telling you about what’s going on with plans for this week’s big concert/ book launch/ CD launch/ exhibition launch/ everything else, but ironically I’m so busy doing things that I can’t seem to find time to do anything!

So, the script is written, the exhibition exhibits are being packed up, the books are boxed and ready to go, as are the CDs and now all I really need to do is pack up my suits and my baton, and learn all the music! There are more seats being released and it looks like there’ll be plenty of people there. There’s so much to do on Wednesday and Thursday and so many people to look out for that things will be pretty mental but once it’s all done and dusted, I’ll tell you all about it, and be able to report back with photos, video and hopefully lots of lovely stories about meeting and talking to lots of lovely people.

If you’re coming to see it and you’ve been reading this, please do introduce yourself. I’m sorry in advance for not having enough time to talk to everyone, but I’ll do my best to get round you all, especially if you buy a copy of my book!

Once the concert is over, everything will be released and start to be available first from the shop on the official Hylton website http://www.jackhylton.com and soon after in some of the usual online places. For now the book and CD won’t be available in your regular book shops, but you can still get it easily enough from the website.

Right, I better get back to my preparation. More soon…

Ultra-Rare TV Documentary

I’m so excited to be able to share this with you. I’ve been sat on a mysterious video tape for some years and finally I’ve managed to get it transferred. I didn’t know what it was and it was constantly at the bottom of the list of things to do.

Last night I eventually made the audio and the video fit together and now we have what I think is the only copy (certainly there aren’t many) of the TWW television documentary, broadcast in 1967 about Hylton’s life.

It’s unique, it’s fascinating and it is full of stuff you’ve only ever seen before on that programme, if you were lucky enough to catch it almost fifty years ago. I’m delighted to be able to offer it to you for free and for your enjoyment. Please comment on it, please share it, and please come to the concert in January!

October Update

Is it really a month since I’ve updated this? That’s not good and I apologise, but to be honest I’ve been working really hard. When I get a moment I’ll be posting around fifteen new scores which I’ve been working on, and also re-jigging the page to make it more friendly.

Things have rather been scuppered by the burglars taking my laptop, which has meant I’m learning to do this sort of thing on my iPad. Apologies for typos!

In the meantime, things are coming along nicely with the concert. The band is booked, singers are booked, special guests are booked and plans are afoot for book launch, exhibition, pre-concert talk, video, recordings, all sorts of things which will all hopefully come together over the next couple of months. There’s also lots of new recordings which I’d love to share with you, as well as a few curiosities with the arrangements, with sections which are or aren’t on the original recordings. All exciting stuff (if you’re nerdy like me!)

So there. I’m off to put in an insurance claim for my laptop and hopefully there’ll be more updates soon, as soon as I can work out how to edit the official website on my iPad!

V&A Archive

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The entrance to the quiet grown up place at the V&A archive in Kensington.

Regular readers will know about the Jack Hylton Archive at Lancaster University, and many will know how much time I’ve spent there researching both the upcoming book, Jack Hylton – The Definitive Biography and the upcoming concert, The Band That Jack Built.

Fewer will realise that there’s also a Jack Hylton Archive at the V&A Museum, stored at it’s Kensington Olympia home at Blythe House. To be honest, nobody can quite work out why it’s there. It does have a slightly more theatrical leaning than the more band-based archive in Lancaster, but I suspect that essentially there was a mistake somewhere along the line and nobody is either around anymore or has enough information or will to do anything about it.

As it happens, the twenty three boxes of archive material at the V&A are just as well looked after and protected as the zillion boxes in Lancaster. I suspected I wouldn’t have to worry too much about the information there, and I was right. I mean, unless you want a box full of box office receipts from a couple of months of one random show of which Jack Hylton was producer. I’m pretty much fanatical about him, but that box was given very short shrift. (more…)