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30th June 2015           Let's hear it for the Happy Couple


Hot on the heels of the quintet's concert at St Catherine's Church in Port Erin. They performed at a wedding ceremony and reception in Bishopscourt, Kirk Michael. The music included two brand new arrangements for brass quintet by the group's trombonist Juan Wright of Pharrel Williams uplifting Happy and the Bruno Mars chart topping hit Marry You. The quintet's music was very well received and a big thank you goes to our guest trumpeter Sally Drinkwater who played 1st trumpet for the function. The quintet is actively looking to pursue future engagements and details will follow in due course of some planned events for 2016. If you have an event you would like Sheean Prash to perform at contact Juan Wright by email on: juanwright@manx.net.


10th April 2015           Debuts at St Catherine's


Sheean Prash performed their first concert of 2015 last night at St Catherine's Church in Port Erin as part of the Parish of Rushen Concert Series. There     have been some recent personnel changes within in the quintet and this was an evening of several debuts for Jack Rowlands on Tuba (who only just made it back for the concert due to recent difficulties with sailings to the Island!) and Ellie Harrison, who along with Mum Julie were our trumpeters. Finally on Eb Tenor horn Emma Parsons kindly agreed to fill in for Chris Weeks who was indisposed with a long standing commitment. During the evening the three debutantes recent successes were recognised. Both Jack and Ellie had achieved notable exam results with a distinction at Grade 7 and a merit at Grade 6 respectively. Not to be outdone, Emma was recently offered a place to study in the Sixth Form at the prestigious Cheethams School of Music in Manchester. A big thank you to all those audience members who supported the concert last evening. The quintet's next engagement is a private function in June which will include some exciting new repertoire and plans for a concert in 2016 are in the pipeline too. More details will follow shortly both here and on the Sheean Prash Facebook page.


11th March 2015        Alive and Kicking!

Well after an absence of some months Sheean Prash are to perform a concert in April which will see them feature a new line up of musicians. Details will follow shortly about our new Tubist and the concert programme the quintet will perform on Thurday 9th April at St Catherine's Church in Port Erin as part of the Rushen Parish Concert Series. The quintet are on strangers to the south and are very much looking forward to performing in this wonderful venue once again, The quintet hopes that lots of our loyal supporters will come along to concert next month. 




22nd July 2014          10th Anniversary Concert

The 6th September 2014 will mark the 10 years since I first assembled a brass quintet which led to the formation of Sheean Prash. Details will follow shortly about a special concert to be held in September to mark this anniversary. There will also be more information on some personnel changes within the quintet. For any followers of the quintet there is an opportunity to request any favourite pieces you've heard the quintet perform at past concerts. Watch this space as more details will follow very soon. If you have any musical requests these can be either emailed to me by email: juanwright@manx.net or via the Sheean Prash Facebook page. If you haven't done so already, give our page a like!

 

 

23rd March 2014      A Mass for Peace

Sheean Prash members Chris Weeks and Juan Wright recently featured in the brass section of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra for a glittering concert with the Isle of Man Choral Society conducted by Julian Power. The programme featured Poulenc's Gloria and Karl Jenkins' popular work 'The Armed Man', often subtitled 'a mass for peace'. This performance was particularly special for a number of reasons: Firstly, not only was it a fabulous example of an event to take place as part the Island of Culture 2014 celebrations, which coincidentally tie in with the centenary commemorations of the First World War of 1914-1918. The concert was also dedicated to former conductor of the IOMCS Mrs Pam Deuchars who sadly passed away back in August of 2013. Pam was herself a huge fan of Karl Jenkins music and conducted the island premiere of 'The Armed Man' some years earlier and I am sure she would have been delighted with the efforts of all those concerned in last Sunday's concert.


2nd January 2014     Helen's Musical Activity in New Zealand

During her visit back to the Island last summer Helen Quaggin-Molloy eluded to the fact she was trying to form her own brass quintet in Wellington, New Zealand. It is great to see she has now got this musical venture off the ground and read about the other members of Quintessential Brass and the music they are playing. If you are Facebook user and you would like to find out more about Helen's newly formed brass quintet why not check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/quintessentialbrass/  You can give their page a like and be kept informed of their news. On behalf of all the Sheean Prash members we wish Helen well this venture and who knows perhaps a joint concert between Sheean Prash and Quintessential Brass in New Zealand might follow in due course... Here's wishing!



24th December 2013 Best wishes to Matt & Charlotte

The quintet would like to take this opportunity to wish Matthew Callister (our long standing guest trumpeter) and his fiancee Charlotte Bell (who has also filled in on trumpet for the quintet in the past!) every good wish for their forthcoming wedding on Saturday 28th December at Rushen Parish Church. Rushen Silver Band will perform musical items at the wedding service. This continues the run of weddings in RSB during 2013, after Thomas and Martha Sinden tied the knot earlier in the year and former RSB percussionist Debbie Lean recently married her long term partner Matt earlier this month. All of the quintet members wish them every happiness in their married lives together.


12th December 2013  Fond Farewell to Former Quintet Trumpeter

 The news has spread rapidly that Head of Brass and Percussion of the DEC's Music Service,  Jennifer Cook is to leave the Island at the end of this term in order to take up a post in her  native Scotland as a brass tutor in Aberdeen. Jennifer has worked tirelessly to build up brass  playing on the island and will be a hard act to follow. She has performed with a number of  ensembles during her time on the island including: Rushen Silver Band (as Principal Cornet)  and with the IOMSO (with whom she performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb) and  local function band the Soul Suspects to name just a few! She played 1st trumpet with the  quintet from December 2004 until July 2009 and has continued to deputise when time has    allowed. On behalf of all the quintet members both past and present we wish her well in her  new job.




27th September 2013            BBC Call up for Sheean Prash!

Following on from the quintet's series of successful concerts at Peel Cathedral, Sheean Prash have been invited by BBC Television to take part in two forthcoming broadcasts for their Songs of Praise programme at St. German's Cathedral in October. This is a prestigious engagement and the quintet are looking forward to working with the Director of Music for BBC Songs of Praise Paul Leddington-Wright. This invitation for Sheean Prash means they join the likes of the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band Quintet (pictured left) and the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble who have performed on the programme in the past. The quintet are also grateful to the Cathedral's Organist and Director of Music Dr. Peter Litman for his recommendation of Sheean Prash to the BBC.

Dr. Litman has had busy time recently, not only did he recently become a proud father to his son, Benedict. He also took the Cathedral Choristers off the Island this weekend to perform at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Before preparations for the Songs of Praise recordings, the quintet has a concert at the Philip Christian Centre to entertain Peel pensioners. Details of the programme for this event will follow shortly.



25th July 2013                    Summer Concert Successes

Sheean Prash has completed two concerts so far this summer and both have proved to be resounding successes. Firstly in June the quintet were privileged to share the opening concert of this year's St. German's Cathedral Summer Concert Series with the talented Manx Children's Choir who are directed by Adele Parsons. The quintet are indebted to their guest compere for the evening, Geoff Collier who did a fabulous job keeping the audience informed and entertained in between musical items. This concert was a great success and there were many favourable comments about the high standards of music making and the variety of music both groups performed.

Then the quintet made a return journey south to once again perform at St Catherine's Church in Port Erin as a part of this year's Port Erin Commissioner's Summer Concert Series. A large audience were entertained by a slightly augmented quintet! Helen Quaggin-Molloy our former trumpeter who relocated to New Zealand last September is currently back on the island visiting family and friends; with a little bit of gentle persuasion she was encouraged to come along and join the quintet for the concert! It was lovely to have Helen back playing with the quintet again and compere Ian Cottier gave her a special mention in his introduction. In Ian's own inimitable style the audience enjoyed a musical quiz and were canvassed to vote for their favourite piece by way of selecting an encore! The warm, appreciative audience were very generous in both their applause and the retiring collection which raised a fantastic £124.67. This money will go towards purchasing new sheet music enabling the quintet to continue to build up their music library and continue to keep audiences entertained. Details of the Sheean Prash's next couple of engagements will follow shortly.



2nd May 2013                The Gaiety is Alive with the Sound of Music

The recent production of The Sound of Music by the In Yer Space Company sees two members of Sheean Prash performing in the orchestra pit of the Gaiety Theatre. Chris Weeks (French horn) and Juan Wright (Trombone) are both playing under the direction of Musical Director Claire Creer. The production tells the story of the Von Trapp Family Singers and their new Governess, Maria who falls in love with her employer. Featuring a talented cast of leading local performers including Kristene Sutcliffe as the Mother Superior and David Artus as Captain Von Trapp the show promises to be something very special. The show runs from Friday 26th April - Saturday 4th May. Tickets are available from: Villa Gaiety website or by contacting the Ticket Office on: 01624 600555.





1st April 2013                 Rachel's Exciting Announcement

I've just heard the exciting announcement that former Sheean Prash French horn player Rachel Lilleyman, now a musician in the British Army recently got engaged to her long term partner, Will. Apparently, Will popped the question while they were away for the weekend in Paris. Congratulations to both Rachel and Will from all of Sheean Prash.






27th March 2013        Barrule's  Sheep under the Snow

The recent cold snap and the sheer volume of snow the island has experienced has wreaked havoc in the local farming community with 1000's of sheep trapped under huge drifts of snow, which have failed to thaw with the continued low temperatures. The disaster has seen many local people take to the hills in search of pregnant ewes and lambs who have survived the freezing conditions. Happily these efforts have been rewarded with the location of many ewes, but the loss of some sheep was inevitable and this loss will clearly affect the local farming community for some time. The Manx Trad Power Trio: Barrule has made the amazing gesture of allowing listeners to download their arrangement of the manx traditional folk tune 'Ny Kirree fo Niaghtey' ('Sheep Under the Snow'), and donate money towards the Isle of Man Farmers Benevolent Trust. Their total donations so far currently stand at £5000 which I am sure you will agree is a fantastic effort. If you would like to support the Farming Community and want to hear Barrule's rendition of 'Ny Kirree fo Niaghtey' click here.


 

13th March 2013       Musical Variety is the Spice of Life!

The members of Sheean Prash have been very busy performing for a whole variety of musical events on the island in recent weeks. Trumpeter Julie Harrison was busy playing principal cornet with Douglas Town Band at the recent Second Section North West Area Brass Band Championships held at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. Meanwhile French horn player Chris Weeks was kept occupied with the IOMSO in its preparations for their annual concert at the Villa Marina with the Isle of Man Choral Society of Brahms' German Requiem. Whereas Trombonist Juan Wright has been busily rehearsing with Rushen Silver Band for their Pre CD Concert at Port St Mary Town Hall and forthcoming CD recording at Castle Rushen High School this weekend. Tuba player Grant Taylor has been busy in his role as Station Master at Castletown Station and web-master of the IOMSRSA website with preparations for the start of the Isle of Man Railways Season.



27th February 2013   Abundance of Beethoven

The forthcoming IOMSO concerts at Schoil Ree Gorrey (Friday) and the new St. Ninian's Lower School (Saturday) will see both Chris Weeks on French horn and Juan Wright on trombone featuring in a number of Beethoven compositions. A number of these works are items that are rarely heard. The concert will include a performance of Beethoven's lesser known Wellington's Victory (or Battle Symphony) with additional brass. The IOMSO has enlisted the help of  Matthew Callister and Ashley Cole as well as  regular IOMSO trumpeters Jennifer Cook and Gillian Lowey. Tickets for the concerts are available on the door or you can contact Paula Wadsworth by email on: paulawadsworth@manx.net





4th January 2013     600 and still counting!

The quintet's music library now has in excess of 600 items with a number of recent items sourced and purchased with some new programme ideas in mind for later in the year.  Sheean Prash is always keen to hear from supporters as to what they would like to hear at our concerts. Equally we would be very interested in hearing from any composers or arrangers interested in having the quintet play one of their pieces. If you have any suggestions for pieces or you would like the quintet to perform one of your compositions / arrangements please email Juan Wright with more details.



3rd January 2013        Illy’s An Internet Sensation

Any Facebook followers may have seen my recent wall post of a Youtube video called 'Get Your Salsa On' - which is a composition written and performed by the talented instrumentalist Illiam Quane of the Ramsey Town Band and was edited by his friend Kyle Withington. This is a sequel to the talented duos first Youtube hit 'Tiger Baton Swagger'. Both videos have attracted quite a few viewings and anyone who has not seen either of these posts should visit the youtube site and take a look. 'Get Your Salsa On' is an extremely catchy tune brilliantly performed by Illiam and expertly edited by Kyle. Well done to both Illiam and Kyle and thank you for sharing it on Youtube!


 

 

19th December 2012    Jason ‘Phils’ The Trumpet Hot Seat!

News has come in that arguably the most successful young Manx brass player to date has landed a prestigious job of principal trumpet with one of the London Orchestras! Jason Evans grew up in the south of the island before embarking on his musical studies in Manchester and then London. Jason was initially taught trumpet by his father Rodney who now conducts Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band. Whilst at Arbory Primary School he had lessons with the Isle of Man Music Service’s Head of Brass and Percussion Steve Wortley who quickly identified Jason’s prodigious talent on the trumpet. From here in 2002 he auditioned for the famous Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He was duly offered a position at ‘Chet’s’ and studied trumpet with Gareth Small of the Halle Orchestra and Murray Grieg of Opera North. Upon completion of his studies in 2008, Jason made the move to London to continue his musical training at the Royal Academy of Music where he initially studied with the late James Watson and later with Mark David. Mark recently took up the post head of brass at the RAM following in the steps of James Watson. Mark recently stepped down from his role as principal trumpet of the Philharmonia to focus on his new role at the Academy. This thus created a vacancy in the trumpet section and Jason was encouraged to audition and has been on trial since August 2012. Jason was recently appointed to the principal trumpet position and at the tender age of 20 following in the footsteps of previous eminent trumpeters including John Wallace. It is rumoured that he is currently the youngest principal trumpet of any of the London orchestras. Congratulations to Jason and we wish him the best of luck in his new role which includes a forthcoming tour of Japan.

 


6th December 2012  Authentic Rushen Sleigh Ride!

Sheean Prash are very grateful to three members of the Rushen Silver Band who are assisting them in undertaking the annual Tynwald Carol Service at Trinity Methodist Church, in Douglas on Thursday 13th December. Trumpeters Jennifer Cook, Ashley Cole and Tubist Tom Sinden will perform with the quintet's regular members Chris Weeks and Juan Wright accompanying the usual Christmas Carols alongside organist Mike Porter during the service. The quintet will also perform a rendition of Sergei Prokofiev's festive favourite Midnight Sleigh Ride from Troika. The service begins at 1.10pm but as seating and parking is limited you are advised to get there earlier. Thanks must also go to Musical Director Jonathan King (also a member of Rushen Silver Band) who will direct the choir and has coordinated the organisation of the event once again.

 

5th November 2012   Sheean Prash seeks a Trumpeter!


Sheean Prash are looking to recruit a new trumpeter following the departure of Helen Quaggin-Molloy to relocate with her family to New Zealand back in September. The quintet is the leading group of its kind performing at venues all over the island including Peel Cathedral, St Thomas’s and St Catherine’s Church to name just a few. The ensemble has a diverse repertoire and in recent years has performed a variety of innovative themed programmes for audiences. With a sheet music library in the region of 600 pieces including a number of special arrangements and an ever-expanding repertoire this is an opportunity for a trumpeter to broaden their musical horizons. There are also some exciting future projects in the pipeline for…

So if you’re an experienced trumpeter and you think you would like the opportunity to perform varied musical repertoire with brass quintet Sheean Prash on a regular basis why not drop Juan Wright an email briefly outlining your musical background and your current availability.


 

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