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!
As we’ve got closer to tomorrow’s concert, I’ve had a number of conversations with people, many of whom didn’t really know what I was doing or why I was doing it. It’s funny but when you express these things out loud they seem to have more resonance.
As is well documented on these pages, I started my interest in Hylton during my music degree at Lancaster University, which began in 1992. By the end of my three years, it was clear I was going to investigate the man a little further. Once that process began, there was always ongoing conversations about putting on a show doing Hylton music. Of course at that stage there was no detail in there, but the idea of me presenting a show with a band playing Hylton music from the Hylton archive and doing it at the university was set literally twenty years ago. (more…)
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.
Well, as if I’ve not offered you enough video in the last few days, here’s another cracker. It’s the 1935 film “She Shall Have Music”, in full. Again, it’s a transfer from a VHS, so it’s not the best quality, but it’s lots of fun!
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!