**NEW** CD - Omaggio - Steven Mead and Brighouse and Rastrick Band - Cond. Russell Gray

Reference:  CDOMDOYEN
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Here is the brand new CD from Steven Mead, Omaggio, in a landmark recording with the 2022 British Open Champions, Brighouse and Rastrick. It features as it's centrepiece three original concerti for euphonium, two of them brand new (Philip Sparke and Philip Harper).

Track listing

Euphonium Concerto No. 4, Omaggio*- Philip Sparke

1.     Fantasia

2.     Ballad

3.     The King Triumphant

4. Dancing Lights*- Lucy Pankhurst


Euphonium Concerto* – Philip Harper
         5. Summer 1916 – Days of Youth        

         6. Winter 1916 – The Weight of Maturity

         7. 4th February 1917 – Release


8. Cafe 1930* - Astor Piazzolla Arr. Luc Vertommen

In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen - Concerto for Euphonium - Peter Graham
         9.   Time Traveller, HG Wells

        10.  The Final Problem, Conan Doyle

        11.  The Great Race, Jules Verne


12. The Sally Gardens - Ken Downie


* - premiere recording 


Recording details:

Recorded 14/15 May 2022

Recording venue: Hade Edge Bandroom, Holmfirth

Recording engineers: Daniel Lock, Melissa Dee

Production: Daniel Lock

World of Brass


Omaggio is the Italian word for homage or tribute, and as we consider the subject matter of the three solo concerti, this is undoubtedly the thread between them. In chronological order, Peter Graham’s In League with Extra-ordinary Gentleman is dedicated to three euphonium playing family members, with literary stars titled in each of the three movements. Philip Harper’s evocative and dramatic concerto is a tribute to the great grandfather of Micah Parsons, the young euphonium player who commissioned the work from the composer. Henry Nichols was killed in the First World War and the events surrounding this tragic event provide the subject matter for this concerto. Philip Sparke’s Euphonium Concerto No. 4 with subtitle Omaggio is written as a tribute to our soloist’s father, Rex Mead who passed away in January 2021. Rex was a kind, loving father and husband, who sporting prowess, good nature and true gentlemanly conduct inspired all those he came in contact with.

Three shorter contrasting works provide balance to these wonderful concerti. Lucy Pankhurst’s colourful work receives its premiere recording as does Luc Vertommen’s superb arrangement of Piazzolla’s masterful Cafe 1930. Ken Downie’s setting of The Sally Gardens provides a suitable benediction to the action, drama and high emotion of the main works of this album.

CD - Spot on! - Fabian Bloch, with Francois Killian (piano) and Michael Meinen (percussion)

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This is the latest CD from the talented and creative Swiss euphonium player Fabian Bloch.

Spot on! - The Next Generation of Euphonium Music featuring world premiere recordings of new works for euphonium.

1.   Bogalusa .. Francois Killian 4:06 2.   Vault .. Jim Fieldhouse  5:08 3.   Blazing .. Fabian Kunzli  6:38 4-6. Euphonium Concerto (ATLAS) .. Daniel Schynder  - Version for Euphonium, Piano & Percussion]:  18.42 7. Ncore .. Roland Szentpali  5.15 8-9 Euphonia .. Jukka Linkola 14.05 10. Wheeap! .. Daniel Hall  4:44 11.  From This Earth .. Andy Scott 5:30 12. Karachi (Version for Euphonium, Piano & Percussion),  4th Mov of Nay Concerto .. Daniel Schynder  1.46 Playing time 65.57


Review from Thomas Dunne, Brass Band World, Oct.2019

In this new release Swiss euphonium player, Fabian Bloch, breaks new ground with an outstanding selection of no less than eight première recordings of new repertoire in a ‘jazz trio’ style.

He opens with François Killian’s Bogalusa. The cheeky syncopated rhythms, and nonchalant piano and drum kit accompaniment paint a delightfully nostalgic picture of the small Louisiana town famous for its jazz and blues. Composed by Bloch’s former euphonium colleague at Fairey Band, Jim Fieldhouse’s Vault reveals a sonorous tone in the expansive opening passages, followed by showcasing a considerable technical ability. Meanwhile, Blazing by Fabian Kunzli proves to be a fascinating, often mesmerising work, ranging from dance passages to mysterious moments of introversion.

Daniel Schnyder’s ATLAS concerto features as the major work of the disc. Inspired by the snowy mountain peaks of Marrakesh, the listener is transported to North Africa with driving, richly ornamented lines. The second movement creates an almost Indian atmosphere in its improvisatory feel and impressive range. The third evokes South America with its lively, dancing jazzy rhythms and features a notable extended cadenza.

The Latin America vibe continues with Ncore by Roland Szentpali. As this rousing, hip-swaying encore progresses, the listener almost forgets that the performer is playing euphonium and becomes absorbed in the perfectly captured style. Famous for his challenging euphonium concerto, Jukka Linkola’s new Euphonia is an extended two-movement work of epic proportions, contrasting energised funky passages and broad melody. Next, Daniel Hall offers a characteristically fascinating work, Wheeap!, inspired by jungle drum, bass and reggae delivered in a performance of pure energy! This continues in Andy Scott’s From This Earth, which explores the themes of courage and determination in a minimalist, yet spirited work. For an encore, Fabian Bloch switches to bass trumpet in a cheeky rendition of Daniel Schnyder’s 2005 work Karachi, which transports the listener to the Arabian Sea in a cascade of technical flourish.

Fabian Bloch has indisputably proved the potential of the euphonium in the ‘jazz trio’ setting through an outstanding level of performance and repertoire, which fuses traditional forms with a plethora of styles. Combined with excellent recording and understated, yet informative presentation, this innovative disc will have a lasting appeal for audiences, including those far beyond the brass band sphere.


CD - Drive - Fabian Bloch

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Here is the beautiful CD, 'Drive' from the Swiss euphonium star Fabian Bloch.


1. Gypsy Earrings .. Ardeshir Farah arr. Ryan McGeorge. 4.57

2. Respectfully Yours .. Andy Scot 3.53

3. Hummingbrrd .. Steven Bryant   3.08

4. Pulse .. Oliver Waespi  4.45

5. Fujiko .. Andy Scott. 4.10

6. Elegie .. Peter Meechan. 5.44

7-10. Drive - Euphonium Concerto No. 1 .. Simon Dobson. 17.40

11. The Red Novae .. Peter Graham. 5.16



Fabian Bloch, a Swiss musician, has shown since his childhood an unconditional passion for the euphonium, an instrument he studied at the Berne University of the Arts, in the class of Thomas Rüedi, before continuing his improvement at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (United Kingdom), where he obtained a Master in Performance under the tuition of Steven Mead. At that time, he also played for “Fairey Band”, an world famous brass band, and performed at numerous concerts and competitions throughout England.

As a soloist, Fabian Bloch is constantly looking for new challenges, both in Switzerland and abroad. His first solo-CD, “Drive”, was released in September 2015 and was literally praised by the specialised press. His strong interest in new music is also reflected in the “Spot On!” project of his trio, in which he presents lots of new compositions.

Fabian Bloch currently plays with the european Brass Ensemble and in various leading brass bands in Switzerland and Great Britain. He also regularly gives concerts with his duo Euphorimba (euphonium and marimba).

He also passes on his passion to the next generation of euphonium players as an teacher in two music schools and teaches students of all ages in his own studio, “Brass Sounds”.

He completes his wide range of activities with frequent engagements as an extra in the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Opera Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and the Berne Symphony Orchestra.

CD - Songs for One and More - Matthew Murchison

Reference:  CDMMSOM
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“Songs for One and More” is a collection of unaccompanied and multi-tracked original and adapted music for euphonium and tuba. Recorded during the 2020 quarantine this marks the first album of newly recorded solo material from Matthew Murchison since 2004. 

This is indeed a very clever and brilliant CD. Put together by the charismatic Matt Murchison. It's quite extraordinary what he can do in the studio with some time and some imagination. Incredible arrangements and what a range this guy has!!

Have a listen to some samples:


Introducing Dr. Matthew Murchison

Dr. Matthew Murchison wants to make his corner of the musical world a better place. If his concerts were a Dickens novel the first sentence might be: “It was the highest of brows, it was the lowest of brows. ”Matthew believes everyone deserves high-quality, interesting, and funny entertainment, from contemporary electronic music to songs about cat anuses.

Matthew has a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and producer. Matthew has been called “one of the finest players of his (or any) generation.” In a more humbling tale, at age 17 he was approached by an elderly lady during a retirement home performance and told to “STOP IT!”

Matthew was a member of River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA from 2002-2015, where he was a featured soloist hundreds of times. His solo performances with the River City Brass have been broadcast across the country and his comedy songs have been enjoyed by tens of people from every dark corner of the internet.

As a musician, Matthew primarily plays euphonium, tuba, and ukulele, performing exclusively on the XO euphonium. Under a full moon you may hear him play trumpet, bodhran, or didgeridoo. He has served as producer for CD recordings and can be heard on solo, chamber, large ensemble, and rock band albums. Matthew has performed solo and chamber music concerts all across the United States as well as in South America, Europe, and Asia. He has been able to perform with such groups as the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, Denver Brass, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Dallas Wind Symphony.  

Matthew self-publishes a number of his compositions though his website, while others may be obtained only after completing a series of magical quests. Recent performances of his award-winning compositions have taken place across the US, as well as in Japan, South America, and Europe. He released his first solo album entitled “Everyone But Me” in 2003. As a member of the River Bottom Quartet, Matthew’s arrangements and playing can be heard on the album “In Too Deep.” Matthew’s newest album, “Reminiscence,” is a collection of American songs and folk tunes and is available on his website now!

As a conductor, Matthew has worked with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass and Percussion Ensemble and has served as a guest conductor/clinician for honor bands. He has been a soloist multiple times with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as the euphonium-playing Santa Claus, making Art performing his variations on “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” The Santa beard is very itchy. He has also been hired to write jokes and perform as the emcee for concerts, and has been a judge for international performance and composition competitions.

CD - Eire Time - Gary Curtin - accompanied by Foden's Band (cond.Michael Fowles)

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Here is the brilliant new CD Eire Time, by Gary Curtin accompanied by Foden's Band.

There has been a lot of anticipation for this release, and it's sure not to disappoint! Undoubtedly one of the CD releases of 2020, and set to win awards we think!

Amazingly this is the debut CD by Gary Curtin, and we get to hear his astonishing technique and beautiful lyrical playing, in a program that has something for everyone including some incredibly important works for the euphonium.

Watch the trailor on YOUTUBE

Repertoire/Track list

  1. Eire Time - Andrea Price 7:40
  2. The Water is Wide - Trad. Arr Stephen Roberts 5:11
  3. Cantiphonia i - Bert Appermont Arr. McGhee 7:53
  4. Cantiphonia ii - Bert Appermont Arr. McGhee 6:49
  5. Cantiphonia iii - Bert Appermont Arr. McGhee 5:58
  6. Eternal Source of Light Divine -  Jonathan Bates 4:22
  7. From your Smile - Paul Lovatt Cooper 4:01
  8. Dance of the Goblins - Bazzini Arr. Simon Oliver 4:59
  9. Deep Surge - Tom Harrold 9:28
  10. In Christ Alone - Richard Phillips 3:28
  11. Valflikans Dans - Hugo Alven Arr. Frode Rydland 3:55
  12. Get Here if You Can - Brenda Russell Arr.John Barber 4:29
  13.   Carnival of Venus - Allen Vizzutti Arr. Jonathan Bates 6.24

World of Brass writes:  "This is a perfect demonstration of passion, devotion and lyrical beauty. 'Eire Time is a truly captivating listening experience and broadens the spectrum of what the euphonium can achieve. The repertoire stretches from his virtuoso set pieces, known to brass band audiences throughout the world, to a brand-new concerto especially commissioned for this album."

Highly recommended.


CD - Changing Weather - Hidenori Arai (euphonium) and Hatsumi Shimizu (piano)

Reference:  CDCWHA
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Hidenori Arai, Euphonium
Hatsumi Shimizu, Piano

The long-awaited 2nd CD of euphonium player Hidenori Arai. Like the first album "NASOTA", the new songs "Sonata for Euphonium and Piano No.2" "Impression in Those Days" "Inori " composed by Hidenori himself, inclduing the album title song "Changing Weather".

from Golden Hearts Publications Global Store:

Like the first album "NASOTA", the song "Sonata" is included in the first song. What a cool genius this is! As a euphonium player, the level is much higher than the previous work. While keeping the subtle narrative as it is, the sound is further refined, the range of expression is further expanded, and I'm looking forward to the third album as soon as "How far will this person evolve?"

This time again, his own 4 songs (1 more than the previous CD). Other than that, the previous work was Bach or Schumann, but this time it is Gilles Martin, Mendelssohn / Steckmest, Glinka, Jan Bach.

The first album was exposed with energy and passion, which was also attractive, but this second album keeps it a little bit secret (although it is full of passion) and the selection of songs It has a stylish finish overall.

To that extent, his narrative is more gentle and mellow. It is an album that accepts everyday changes as described in the title, enjoys those changes, and responds to those changes, going through the changing times. Gentle & Dandy.
Like the previous work, Arai himself is the producer. Especially in terms of sound as a CD, I think it was quite sophisticated.

The piano is Hatsumi Shimizu, as in the previous work. It is a good combination.
Euphonium CDs are interesting because amazing CDs are coming out all over the world. Euphonium enthusiasts should buy this "Changing Weather" without hesitation."

Label:opus55 LLC

Release year:2019

Hidenori Arai / Euphonium
Hidenori Arai is very active as a freelance Euphonium player, performing as soloist and ensemble player as well as guest player in orchestras and wind bands.
He is principal euphonium player of “Brass Band Xepher”, member of “FUNKARU” (Euphonium Tuba Quartet) and “Bottoms Up Euphonium Tuba Quartet”.
He also composes, particularly for the euphonium and tuba which are instruments he is familiar with.
He currently serves as lecturer at Senzoku-Gakuen College of Music and executive director of the Japan Euphonium Tuba Association.
He graduated from Senzoku-Gakuen College of Music with highest honors - at the top of all classes. He studied with Kaoru Tsuyuki, Michio Funakoshi and Tetsuya Otsuka.
Prizes include 3rd prize at the 5th Jeju International Brass Competition, 3rd prize at the 26th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition and 1st prize at the 7th Tsuken Concours. And he performed at several concerts by selected musicians in Japan including Yomiuri Newcomer Concert and JMC Concert.
As an artist and an educator, he also appears on many festivals, academies and conferences including “Asia Tuba Euphonium Festival” 2016 in South Korea / 2017 in Hong Kong / 2018 in South Korea and “International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019” in Iowa.
As a composer, in 2012, he was commissioned by the Japan Euphonium Tuba Association (JETA) to compose a required piece “Sonata for Tuba and Piano with Prologue" for the 2nd J.E.T.A. Student Competition.
He released two CDs; “Nasota” in 2017 and “Changing Weather” in 2019.

Track listing:

Sonata for Euphonium and Piano No.2 : Hidenori Arai
1. Tempo di Valse, appassionato - Latin [5:06]
2. Tempo rubato - Beguine [3:43]
3. Rondo alla Zingarese [3:10]

Mignardises : Gilles Martin
4. Giocoso [1:04]
5. Cantabile [1:55]

6. Fantasie "Auf Flugeln des Gesags" : Felix Mendelssohn / Henri Steckmest [4:05]

7. Sonatensatz:Michail Glinka (arr. Rainer Schottstadt) [9:52]

Impression in Those Days : Hidenori Arai
8. Kira Kira [1:15]
9. Henteco [1:31]
10. Poco a Poco a... [2:46]

11. Concert Variations : Jan Bach [16:03]

12. Inori : Hidenori Arai [4:05]

13. Changing Weather : Hidenori Arai [6:11]

CD - Industrially - 4 major works by Adam Wesolowski and String Orchestra, incl. Euphory Concerto with Steven Mead

Reference:  CDDUX1659
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Here is a brand-new CD release of major works by the Polish composer Adam Wesolowski.

Of special note for euphonium players is the premier performance and recording of the Euphory Concerto performed by Steven Mead (accompanied by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra)

This is the first CD recording where Steven has recorded with string orchestra. And long overdue perhaps!

The three movement Euphory Concerto begins the CD, and this 12 minute concerto has three very contrasting movements, Andante, Allegretto com umore and Presto con Fermazza.

The other works on the CD are:

Silver Concerto for harpsichord, string orchestra and sounds of the Historic Silver Mine, featuring harpsichordist Aleksandra Gajecka Antosiewicz (accompanied by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra)

Encore Concerto for flute and string orchestra, featuring flautist Lukaszz Dlugosz (accompanied by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra)

Industrial Sinfonia for string orchestra and multimedia (performed by The Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy)


Total time: 68.03

Recorded in Katowice, Poland


With special thanks to Adam Wesolowski for the wonderful music, the brilliant concept and for inviting me to perform and record with the orchestra.



CD - UFO - Steven Mead and Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band - special sale

£12.75 - £5.00
Reference:  CDBOCC129
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Here is the brand new album, UFO, that Steve has recorded with the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.

It is a much anticipated release awith some incredible repertoire and its marks another reocrding milestone for our soloist.

He writes:  "Recording this album with the famous Brighouse and Rastrick band was an absolute delight! The broad range of literature including several world premiere recordings has made this truly a gem in my recording career. Whilst composer Johan de Meij does not claim that his Concerto is concerned with extra-terrestrial beings, one might be forgiven for indulging in some thoughts relating to our world and the mysteries of our existence. The simple beauty of nature, and the love for our family, is at the very heart of this album. There is a strong autobiographical element to this choice of repertoire, from George Marshall’s Ransomed, the first solo that I ever played with Boscombe Salvation Army Band on a Sunday evening in Ealing, in the presence of Eric Ball, in 1978, through the exciting modern repertoire of Move Their Mind and Blind Spot, and the truly epic UFO Concerto, to the stunningly beautiful Lullaby by Mike Sheppard and Liz Lane’s Robin Robin, to a work that Tom Davoren composed for me recently, A Simple Gift. It all leads emotionally to the final track, Pastorale; My Joy and Crown, that Howard Evans wrote as a dedication to my father Rex. Dad has always been my biggest supporter in my career, from my earliest memory as a young brass player aged five. Now he is being cared for in the Castle Dene nursing home in Bournemouth, and his favourite hymn tune, Ascalon is given a sublime setting in this work that concludes the CD. I hope you enjoy it"

The band comments:

“Brighouse and Rastrick were delighted to be approached to be part of such a fantastic, innovative project and work with such a superb professional in Steven Mead. We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and can’t wait to hear the finished product.”

Well here it is !!

1. Blind Spot - Gilles Rocha

UFO Concerto - Johan A. De Meij

2. I Andante - Con moto

3. II Giocoso - Vivo

4. III Andante cantabile

5. IV Vivace

6. V Alla Marcia - Vivace

7. Lullaby - Mike Sheppard

8. Robin Robin - Liz Lane

9. Ransomed - George Marshall

10. A Simple Gift - Tom Davoren

11. Move Their Mind - Stan Nieuwenhuis

12. Pastorale; My Joy and Crown - Howard J Evans

We really hope you enjoy this.

This CD will be shipped, for the first 100 orders, with a signed poster.

The CD comes in a full colour digipak format with a 12 page colour booklet inserted in the digipak with all the info on the band, personnel, photos and full info on each piece.

A digital download option is also available on this site! (from 8th November 2019)

CD - CIRQUE - Mnozil Brass

Reference:  CDMNCQ
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It has been sometime since we've seen a new release from Mnozil Brass. Here is a CD release of their brilliant touring show Cirque. 

For those that have seen the show you will be delighted to see that all the major pieces from the show are here on this CD.This is from a live concert(s?) and what stunning playing it is too, some of it just totally jawdropping!!!  (When I first heard the CD I had to hit the replay button to track 11 some 6 six times - S.Mead)

Guaranteed to make you smile, laugh, and for a brass player, shake your head in disbelief!!

1 Der Lippenfresser (The lip-eater!)  .. Leonhard Paul

2 Harry Lime Theme .. Anton Karas

3 Overture ("Citizen Kane") .. Bernard Herrmann

4 Infernal dance of all Kashei's subjects .. Igor Stravinsky

5 French Kiss .. Leonhard Paul

6 Saint Agnes and the burning train .. Sting

7 Tiger Rag .. Nick LaRocca

8 Four Brothers .. Jimmy Guiffre 

9 Loop de Cirque .. Thomas Gansch

10 Tip Top Toe .. Leonahrd Paul

11 Overture to the operetta "Die Fledermaus" .. Johann Strauss Arr Mnozil Brass

12 Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen - I am lost to the world  .. Gustav Mahler Arr. Leonard Paul


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CD - Radiance - Bastien Baumet - Portugal Air Force Band

Reference:  CDBB2
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Here is the brand-new CD, Radiance, from the French euphonium star Bastien Baumet.

It features four new and important works including the Symphony Concertante by Roland Szentpali which was used as the final test in the 2018 Jeju Euphonium Competition.

This is an outstanding recording in every way. For more information please check out Bastien's informative website  http://bastienbaumet.fr/


Repertoire/track listing:

Quatre Danses .. Jean-Jacques Charles

1 Tango

2 Habanera

3 Valse

4 Samba

Symphony Concertante .. Roland Szentpali

5 Introduction

6 Passepied

7 From Nora

8 Play

9 Euphantasy .. Giancarlo Castro D'Addona

Radiance -- Oliver Calmel (Tran. Laurent Arandel)

10 Energy 

11 Prysm

12 Light


Recorded in Lisbon November 2018

CD - Dream - Kyohei Ando (euph) and Hatsumi Shimizu (piano)

£12.50 - £10.00
Reference:  CDKA1
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Here is the brand new album from the top Japanese euphonium soloist Kyohei Ando, accompanied by the brilliant pianist Hatsumi Shimizu.

Three extended works make up this terrific CD and two of the works are very well known in the euphonium repertoire, euphonium concerti by Linkola and Sparke. 



Kyohei Ando was born in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido in 1986.

He graduated from National Music University with Yatabe Award. Studied at the University of Alabama, USA as a ROHM Music Foundation Scholar.

December 2012 Master's degree at the same university. He has studied euphonium under the supervision of Masae Matsuoka, Hirozo Takeuchi, Toru Miura, Dr. Mitsuru Saito, Dr. Demondrae Thurman.

24th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition Euphonium 1st place

 The 25th Falcone International Euphonium Tuba Competition 1st place

Jeju International Solo Competition 2016  2nd place

In addition to holding regular recitals every year since 2009, he plans and conducts concerts across genres to open up the new world of euphonium.

Recorded in the United States as a member of the Euphonium Tuba quartet "Boreas Quartet" formed by alumni of the University of Alabama, the 2014 debut album "The Serpent's Kiss" released.

A member of the Euphonium Tuba Quartet "Euphonium Tuba Collective". 

Spiel Chamber Orchestra Euphonium player.

He is also active in professional brass band music, symphony orchestra extra work and euphonium coaching.

Part-time lecturer at National Music University since April 2014.


Please enjoy this new CD!!


Repertoire/Track list

Euphonium Concerto - Yukka Linkola

1. i. Agitato

2. ii. Quasi Nocturne

3. iii. Maestoso, Energico

UFO Dreams - Euphonium Concerto - David Maslanka

4. i. Fantasy Variations 'The Water is Wide'

5. ii. Home Planet 'Who Are You? Where Do You Come From?'

6. iii. Variations 'From The Bottom of My Heart'

Euphonium Concerto No.1 - Philip Sparke

7. i. Moderato e Energico

8. ii. Lento

9. ii. Vivo e Scherzando


72.21 mins total

Recorded 6-7 March 2019 in Saitama, Japan  Catalogue number OVCC-00149

Please visit Kyohei's website.

CD - Eufonissimo - Luciano De Luca (euph) with Lucio Del Vescovo piano)

Reference:  CDLDL1
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Here is the debut solo CD from perhaps currently Italy‘s most famous euphonium player Luciano De Luca, who is a professional euphonium player with the Italian Police Band, and perhaps best known as the principal euphonium player with the Italian Brass Band. On this fabulous first disc there is most definitely an Italian flavour to the repertoire, but also some exciting works from other European countries, including a world premiere recording and performance of the Shamanda Dance by Thomas Doss, the wonderful showpiece Move Their Mind by Stan Nieuwenhuis, and Bliss by Hermann Pallhuber. There is also a brand-new Suite for Euphonium by the Italian composer Davide Valllini. Luciano is joined by his friend and colleague Fausto Bottoni in the beautiful and mesmerising duet, Two Part Meditation. We highly recommend this debut recording from Luciano. Enjoy his lyrical phrasing and astonishing virtuosity.


1. Shamanda Dance - Thomas Doss. 8.42

2. Autumn - Giovanni Piacente. 3.26

3. Move Their Mind - Stan Nieuwenhuis. 8.15

4. Elegy - Filippo Cangiamila. 2.49

5. Ave Maria - Piazzolla Arr. Filippo Cangiamila. 5.20

6. Two Part Meditation - Kiankitu. 7.40

Suite for Euphonium - Davide Vallini.

7. Le Pale Eoliche. 5.33

8. Cerrentango. 4.51

9. Apparita. 3.53

10. Bliss - Hermann Pallhuber. 11.22

CD - Austrian Colors - Georg Pranger - accompanied by piano and brass band

Reference:  CDGPCD1
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It is with huge pleasure that I can recommend this debut CD recording by the Austrian euphonium player Georg Pranger.  His ambassadorial work for the euphonium over the last years in Austria is well known to all those who had contact with him and the brass band scene in that country.

 So now he has released an album entitled Austrian Colors,  and this demonstrates his fine sound, outstanding control and a desire to put the euphonium on the map in Austria by commissioning, performing and now recording new works by leading Austrian composers.

 The established works are Café 1930 by Piazzolla,  Respectfully Yours by Manchester-based Andy Scott,  In Gardens of Piece by Philip Harper and Euphonium Fantasia  by the American composer Stephen Bulla.  These are well played with sensitivity and complete understanding of the styles.

 The Austrian works are what make this CD so significant, starting with Pulse by Thomas Doss,  then we hear  the very evocative work entitled Nachtmusik Fragmente by Jakob Gruchmann,  and then two fantastic original works: Chamäleon Concertino,  a brand-new 10 minute work by Thomas Doss  and the Euphonium Concerto for Euphonium and Brass Band by Martin Rainer.

 The development of the euphonium in Austria has been slow but significant, enhanced by the rising popularity of brass bands.  I myself have been involved with the Austrian scene, working with ensembles and bands for many years, and during this time I have noticed the developing skill and musical intelligence of Georg Pranger which is now fully realised on this magnificent CD.  Congratulations to pianist Johanna Hengg and the RET Brass Band, conductor Andreas Lackner,  who share the accompanying duties with great skill and sensitivity.

 This CD is highly recommended, and congratulations to Georg  and everyone else involved in making this such an outstanding project.


Pulse - Thomas Doss 7.20

Cafe 1930 - Astor Piazzolla Arr. Ken-ichiro Isoda 7.11

Nachtmusik Fragmente - Jacob Gruchmann

i. Allegro 2.42

ii. Wiegenlied 2.07

iii. Espressivo 2.13

iv. Allegro 2.17

Respectfully Yours - Andy Scott 4.26

Euphonium Fantasia - Stephen Bulla 6.56

Chamaleon Concertino  for Euphonium and Brass Band - Thomas Doss  10.00

In Garden of Peace - Philip Harper 5.51

Euphonium Concerto for Euphonium and Brass Band - Martin Rainer

i. Allegro con moto 4.25

ii. Marcia Funebre 9.06

iii. Allegro con brio 4.33


Recorded between October 2018 and February 2019

CD - Pulse - Steven Mead and the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force - special sale £2

£12.50 - £2.00
Reference:  CDBOCC128
Stock:  In stock In stock

The amazing new CD from Steven Mead and the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force. Released May 2019.

An introduction by Steven Mead:


After the success of my two albums with the Central Band of the RAF in the UK, I’ve dreamed of recording a further album with a top military band in Europe, and following a chance meeting with conductor Matty Cilissen at the WMC in Kerkrade in 2017,  I proposed to him a CD recording with the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force.  I was thrilled that he and the band accepted the idea and they have been absolutely wonderful to work with.

 As we know Belgium is home to some of the finest wind players in the whole of Europe, and this outstanding band sounds quite brilliant on this album.

 My recordings over the years have been driven by the desire to record excellent music for the euphonium, and on this album I’ve brought together a few established classics from the pen of the doyen of euphonium composers, Philip Sparke, sitting side-by-side with five new works for our repertoire by the Austrian composer Thomas Doss, the Belgian composer Kevin Houben and from Spain, Carlos Pellicer and proud Welshman Tom Davoren.  Completing the line-up is a virtuoso encore from trumpet legend Rafael Méndez.

 I want to say a special thank you to recording engineer and producer Richard Scott for his marvellous work once again.

 This is the first album that I have recorded with my new euphonium, the gold lacquered Besson Prestige 2052.

Once again with pride I dedicate this CD to my parents, Rex and Sylvia Mead.



The Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force

Musique de la Force Aérienne

Conductor : Matty Cilissen

  1. Pulse – Thomas Doss                                                                6.35
  2. Reverie – Thomas Doss                                                            8.06
  3. Legend of a Big Friendly Giant – Kevin Houben                     10.07
  4. Summer Isles from Hymn of the Highlands - Philip Sparke        4.56
  5. Pantomime – Philip Sparke                                                      8.45
  6. Omaira – Carlos Pellicer                                                           11.35
  7. Scaramouche – Philip Sparke                                                    6.55
  8. Rituals – Tom Davoren                                                              8.13
  9. Jota Méndez – Rafael Méndez                                                  4.40

 Total 69.30

Recorded in Salle Perwex, Perwez, Belgium  21-23 January 2019

Producer: Richard Scott - RAS Audio  Engineer: Phil Hardman  Produced in the UK by Bocchino Music BOCC128

CD - Souvenir - Misa Mead and Benjamin Powell - special sale £2

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This album is totally outstanding, from start to finish, from the brilliance of her own arrangement of Flight of the BumbleBee to the dashing final phrases of Fernando Deddos' Ratata for euphoniun and snare drum.

Benjamin Powell is the consummate accompanist on this album, and we hear his great skills and sensitivity to the full.

We are sure this is going to be a hit !!

Please take a look at the demo video that Bocchino Music made for this CD release: https://youtu.be/xdnQyp-S5Nc

Here's the full track listing:


1 Flight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / arr. Misa Mead
2 Silent Noon (from ‘The House of Life’) - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Suite Brève dans le goût classique - Alfred Désenclos 3 I. Prélude 4 II. Fugue 5 III. Aria 6 Ⅳ.Finale
7 The Green Hill - Bert Appermont
8 Adagio Op.38 - Woldemar Bargiel
Appalachian Impressions: Sonata for Euphonium - Matthew Jackfert 9 I. Autumn at Grist Mill 10 II. A Train Through Snowy Thurmond 11 III. Hootenanny
12 La Gruta - Diego Niñerola
13 The Moon Over a Ruined Castle (Kojo no Tsuki) - Rentaro Taki / arr. Tomohiro Ibaraki
14 Concertino - Misa Mead
15 Ratatá! - Fernando Deddos featuring percussionist Laurent Zufferey

Recorded in RNCM Studio 7, September 6-7, 2018 Recorded and Produced by Richard Scott and Phil Hardman Bocchino Music BOCC127

CD - Lost Treasures Vol.2 - Glenn Van Looy - Geert Callaert (piano) and string quartet

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This is a brand-new album from Glenn Van Looy, who once again, in collaboration with the conductor and arranger Luc Vertommen, has put together a superb album of 'Lost Treasures', from the 19th century, with piano accompaniment and also this time with string quartet.

With nearly 70 minutes of music, this album is sure to appeal to all lovers of the euphonium. Glenn's playing as always is quite outstanding, and he really breathes new life Into these forgotten gems from the 19th century.


1. Air Varie - J.Ramain

2. Air Varie - Vasseilliere Fils

3. Premier Solo - Henri Pottier

4. Grand Solo (Andante et Allegro) - Hedwige Cretien

5. Solo de Concours - Adrien Barthe

6. Piece de Concert - Paul Veronge de la Nux

7. Variations Brilliantes Op.14 - Jean Paque

8. Concert Aria - Emile Wambach

9/10/11 Premier Concertino - Charles Gaucet

12. 2nd Concertino  - Charles Gaucet

Highly recommended

CD - Nasota - Hidenori Arai (euphonium) and Hatsumi Shimizu (piano)

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Here is a super new CD from Japan, featuring one of the brightest talents as euphonium performer and composer Hidenori Arai, and one of Japan's most brilliant and popular piano accompanists, Hatsumi Shimizu.



Hidenori Arai - Euphonium

Hatsumi Shimizu - Piano

-Comment by Yasuhide Ito from liner notes : 

"Lo and behold, this long-awaited album is full of richly expressive music that can surpass the cello or voice. Furthermore, the crowning glory of this album is his own composition, which demonstrates fully the characteristics of the euphonium.

In Japanese, there is a word “NAYUTA” which means novemdecillion, i.e. an extremely large number. The title of this album is “NASOTA”, but “NAYUTA” is a perfect term for Hidenori Arai’s wondrous abilities: his possibilities are infinite. I heartily welcome the birth of this album, which will further expand the world of the euphonium." - Yasuhide Ito



Sonata for Euphonium and Piano No. 1 - Hidenori Arai

1 Allegro

2 Moderato

3 Rondo

Prologue - Aria from “Goldberg Variationen” - Johann Sebastian Bach 

Daybreak at Midnight - Hidenori Arai

Sicilienne op.78 - Gabriel Urbain Fauré

Fantasiestücke op.73 - Robert Schumann

1 Zart und mit Ausdruck

2 Lebhaft, leicht

3 Rasch und mit Feuer

Träumerei - Robert Schumann

Sonate für Euphonium und Klavier - Yasuhide Ito

1 Andante mosso, come il tempo di prima sonata per violoncello di Brahms.

2 Molto adagio

3 Allegro vivace

Umi no Uta - Hidenori Arai

For You - Hidenori Arai

Epilogue ( Aria from “Goldberg Variationen” - Johann Sebastian Bach 


Highly recommended!!

CD - Hustle - Mark Glover (euphonium) Dr. Viktoriya Zaharieva (piano)

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Here is a brand new and highly recommended CD from British born Mark glover, who currently lives and works in Dubai.

It is indeed one ofthe more original and important euphonium CDs we have heard for a very long time!!

Mark writes:

"Between 2012 and 2016 I live in Singapore and a big mission of mind was to get the euphonium out to new audiences. I was finding opportunities for recitals and travel so I started asking composers and arrangers to write for me, mainly so my recital programs could be unique. I had a crazy thought that one day I would record some of this music and after a lot of hard work, time, money, patience and belief, HUSTLE is the result."



1)    Sholem Alekhem, Rov Freidman - Béla Kovács 

2 -4)  Concerto for Euphonium “Euphoria!” - Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli

              i    Mania

             ii    A Lucid Dreamin’

            iii    Nirvana

5)    Pavane - Gabriel Fauré arr. Wesley Kendrick

6)    Scherzo for Euphonium and Piano - Asaad Hamzy

7)    Bells Across the Meadow - Albert Ketèlbey arr. Wesley Kendrick

8)    Through Her Eyes - Mark Glover

9)    The Devil’s Tongue - Hugo Schmidt arr. Harold Brasch

10)   Euphtude - Steven Lloyd-Gonzales 

11)    Lullaby for Lucy - Alex Thio

12)   Hustle in Jozi - Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli


Recorded, Mixed and masteredIn Dubai December 2017 to February 2018


Watch Mark Glover in concert in this Youtube video

CD - Love's Joy - Steven and Misa Mead, Benjamin Powell (piano) - special sale

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It's the first duet CD from Steve and Misa. Love's Joy is sure to be appreciated by the many fans of this well known euphonium couple!

Recorded in Manchester in January 2017, the repertoire on this album has great variety and incredible freshness about it. Many of the pieces on this disc are specially composed or arranged and can be heard featured in concerts given by this famous duo.

Repertoire/Track list:

1. Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy) - Fritz Kreisler, Arr. David Werden

Two Fauré Duets - Gabriel Fauré, Arr. Steven Mead

2. I. Puisqu’ ici-bas toute àme

3. II. Tarentelle

4. Carmen Fantasy - Georges Bizet, Arr. Luc Vertommen/Misa Mead

5. Devil’s Waltz - Steven Verhelst

6. Life for Love, Love for Life - Franz Cibulka

7. Cousins - Herbert L. Clarke, Arr. Ray Cramer

8. Two-Part Invention - Philip Sparke

9. Till Death Do Us Part - Terrence Wong

10. In a Twinkle Memory - Hidenori Arai

Three Songs - Felix Mendelssohn, Arr. Misa Mead

11. I. Gruss

12. II. Herbtslied

13. III. Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein

14. Batipopo Duo - Xavier Denis

A New Day Suite - Franz Cibulka

15. I. Allegro

16. II. Moderato

17. III. Moderato/Presto

18. Gypsy Earrings* - Ardeshir Farah, Arr. Ryan McGeorge

19. The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre, Arr. Stephen Bulla

Here's the Youtube demo that announced the album's release

Love's Joy has ALREADY won it's first accolade, it is Brass Band World Magazine CD of the Month for June 2017. 

Steve and Misa hope you enjoy their first duet CD.

If you wish to have the CD autographed, please send us a separate email, and if you wish for a special dedication please tell us.

Digital downloads are also available on this site

CD - Romance - Bastien Baumet - Euphonium, Mathilde Nguyen - Piano

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Here is the new CD Romance by the outstanding French euphoniumist Bastien Baumet, accompanied by one of the leading piano accompanists in Europe, Mathilde Nguyen.

It is a really beautiful programme, with lots of contrasts. Despite the title there are also moments of outstanding technical virtuosity, as well as some simply world-class lyricism.

The CD is highly recommend.

Here is an interview that Bastien did for the popular brass band website 4Barsrest: http://4barsrest.com/articles/2016/1585.asp

Here's a video promo for the CD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDdrq1Xqgeg

Track listing:

1.   Romance 1 -  Robert Schuman

 2.    Romance 2 -  Robert Schumann

3.    Romance 3 -  Robert Schumann

4.    Concert Gallop -  Philip Wilby

5.   Sonate 1 -  Gustav Schreck

6.   Sonate 2 - Gustav Schreck

7.   Sonate 3 - Gustav Schreck

8.   Elegie -  Gabriel Faure

9.    Concertino 1 -  Rolf Wilhelm

10.  Concertino 2 - Rolf Wilhelm

11.  Concertino 3 - Rolf Wilhelm

12.  Legend – Marcel Kentsubitsch

13.  Glorious Liberation (Heart in Heart) Ivor Bosanko

14.  Sang Till Lotta – Jan Sandstrom


CD - Lyrical Virtuoso - Steven Mead and Brassband Buizingen (cond. Luc Vertommen)

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Here is the album Lyrical Virtuoso, BOCC125, recorded by Steve and accompanied by Brassband Buizingen, conductor Luc Vertommen

You Tube demo


adjective - (of literature, art, or music) expressing the writer's emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.


noun - a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit.

 Steven Mead reunites with Brassband Buizingen and conductor Luc Vertommen, eleven years after they made their highly successful ‘Euphonium Virtuoso’ album.

 Our soloist, well known for his lyrical artistry and outstanding virtuoso technique has chosen a programme  which perfectly shows off the combination of these fine attributes,  accompanied by a brass band at the top of their game, with a brilliant conductor who also arranged many of these works

As most euphonium enthusiasts know, Steve has recorded many CDs since his first official release, Rondo in 1991. If you include all his albums; solo albums, the education orientated CDs, those with the British Tuba Quartet, and guest appearances, the number is now in the mid-seventies!  For him, recording is a passion, and a mark of his true dedication to the euphonium.  Over the years he has recorded with various ensembles; brass and wind bands, chamber orchestra, wind quintet, trombone quintet, brass quintet, ten-piece brass ensemble, organ, piano, multitracked Mead and electronics. With each genre he has impressed with his musicality, unique rich sonority and virtuosity. For him this instrument has almost no limits.

In 1995 Steve recorded an album, Euphonium Virtuoso, with the outstanding Belgian ensemble Brassband Buizingen.  This album won several international awards that year. He also really enjoys the collaboration and friendship with their conductor Luc Vertommen who is a visionary arranger as well as fine conductor.  So it was decided to get back in the recording studio, eleven years on, and make a second album together. Reflecting on the literature to be recorded, the title Lyrical Virtuoso seems to be such an apt title.  It includes works from the present day, as well as the marvellous Euphonium Concerto No.1 by John Golland, and then looks back even further to virtuoso works from the nineteenth century, and especially recognises the influence and works of the legendary violinist composer Niccolò Paganini.  Six of the ten works are receiving their premiere recording with brass band, and all will be available shortly for performance by those brave enough (especially the highly virtuosic works) to take them on. At the heart of Steve’s musicianship is his singing tone, a feature of his entire career, and here his lyrical approach can be appreciated to the full in some simply breathtakingly-beautiful melodies. We hope you enjoy Lyrical Virtuoso.




Steven Mead – Euphonium

Brass Band Buizingen

conductor Luc Vertommen

  1. La Corrida de Toros - David Bandman/Luc Vertommen*  5.20
  2. Sérenade Napolitaine - Ruggero Leoncavallo/Vertommen*  2.14
  3. Euphonium Concerto No.1 - John Golland  17.16
  4. The Auld Noost - Ronald Jamieson/Anthony Swainson*  4.43
  5. Capriccio di Niccolò - Frank Proto/Luc Vertommen*  16.10
  6. Michelangelo - Sigvart Dagsland/Frode Rydland  5.09
  7. Mayfly Blues - Stan Nieuwenhuis  7.42
  8. In Gardens of Peace - Philip Harper   5.27
  9. Rondo-La Campanella (from Violin Concerto No. 2) – Niccolò Paganini/Luc Vertommen*   6.27
  10. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (I Am Lost To The World) - Gustav Mahler/Luc Vertommen*  6.26

Total time 79.37  *Premiere recording with brass band

Recorded in Stroming Hall, Berlare, Belgium, July 1-3, 2016

Producer/Sound Engineer: Richard Scott (with kind permission from World of Brass)

Production Assistant: Phil Hardman

Produced in the UK by Bocchino Music

Catalogue: BOCC125

A Review by Iwan Fox, 4Barsrest.com

Eleven years after he last linked up with conductor Luc Vertommen and Brass Band Buizingen, Steven Mead returned to the recording studio in 2016 for this thoughtful release.
Lyricism in brass playing is in danger of becoming an eroded art: The pursuit of ever more audacious technical brilliance has made it an increasingly difficult musical language to understand as well as master.


However, both elements can still be combined, and here the soloist states his case for appreciation with a cultured sense of authority. Mead is one of the last true polyglots.

The ten tracks are a series of mature performances of eclectic inspiration - from the bullish Iberian swagger of Bandman’s ‘La Corrida de Toros’ to the poetic resignation of Mahler’s ‘Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen’.  In between we touch on elements of reflection as well as celebration, lasting delicacy to bluesy ephemera.

Expertly realised

The virtuosity on display is skilled and artistic; the lyricism imaginative and beautiful (essential characteristics he himself identifies in his perceptive sleeve notes). The performances are enhanced by equally considered accompaniment (including the use of a harp) and subtly coloured arrangements, expertly realised by Luc Vertommen.

Same coin

The centre-pieces are balanced counterpoints: Golland’s darkly hued ‘Concerto’ is a work of personal complexities hidden in plain view; layers of seeming transparency that still obscure a central core of troubled emotions.  In contrast, Proto’s fantasy on the famous ‘24th Caprice’ by Paganini lays all bare - sumptuous, rich, extrovert.  

They are still two sides of the same musical coin though. And it is a currency that Steven Mead shows throughout is still worth its weight in gold. 

Iwan Fox

Listening Post number 141, April 2017, Tim Mutum.

Eleven years after his first disc with Brass Band Buizingen, Steven teamed up again with the Belgian band and the result is an amazing program that really enables the soloist to demonstrate his talents. From the 10 solos, six premiered on this disc, four left me completely spellbound. The Rondo from Paganini's Violin Concerto No.2 is clearly a fiendishly difficult piece to master, but Steven's articulation is so precise that none of the immense detail is lost. A demonstration of the virtuoso half of the title. On the lyrical side, The Auld Noost is a gorgeous slow melody and its eloquence and charm really tugs at you. In Gardens of Peace is more sombre as Philip Harper's solo creates the aura and peacefulness of the Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries on the Somme and the playing is beautiful. Luc Vertommen contributed most of the arrangements for the CD but he left the best to last with his arrangement of Mahler's highly emotional I Am Lost to the World, which uses harp, percussion and muted brass to create more distinctive colours. A blissful ending to an immensely musically satisfying CD of which Steven Mead is rightly proud


Steven Mead

Whether he’s playing his beloved euphonium on tour, or teaching at the RNCM, giving a masterclass to a band, designing and testing instruments and mouthpieces for Besson and Denis Wick, or even simply practicing, Steven Mead always does it with passion and the utmost dedication. It’s been like this for many many years. 

 Since his early days in Bournemouth, he’s been passionate about performing music, initially as a young boy soprano, and into his teenage years as a euphonium soloist.  He has become a worldwide ambassador for the instrument, travelling the world constantly, introducing audiences to this instrument year after year, constantly inspiring the next generation of young brass musicians to greatness. Full details of Steve’s career and history can be found on his popular website www.euphonium.net. Follow him on media sites Facebook and Twitter (meadeuph). His online webstore www.euphoniumstore.net caters for the specialist needs of many enthusiasts too.


Brassband Buizingen


The band was founded in 1879 as a fanfare band by workers of the local porcelain factory.  In 1975 it was amongst the first Belgian bands to convert to the traditional British-style brass band instrumentation.  Since then, the band has played a leading role in the Belgian band world, gaining prizes at competitions and recognition for its musical approach both at home and abroad.  Over the years it has given notable concerts and contest performances, released numerous CDs and, in 1997, had the particular honour conferred on it of being named ‘Cultural Ambassador of Flanders’. 

More recently, BBU won the Belgian National Championships three times, in 2009, 2012 and 2015 and represented Belgium at the European Championships in Stavanger, Linz, Oslo and Lille.  In 2011 BBU was runner-up at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade and in 2012 the band was runner-up at the All England Masters.  Brassband Buizingen won the Flemish Open Brass Band Championships VOBK) three times.  The band was honoured by SABAM (the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers) with the prestigious Fugue-Trophy for their contribution to Flemish band music and received the title of Cultural Ambassador of their hometown, Halle which is based in the South of Brussels.


Brassband Buizingen had the honour to play in concert with Steven Mead several times and record the highly acclaimed Euphonium Virtuoso CD in 2005 with Steven Mead and team up with him again 11 years later for his latest solo album.  You can find more information on their website http://www.brassbandbuizingen.be.


Conductor Luc Vertommen

 Dr. Luc Vertommen was born in Leest (Mechelen) where he made his first acquaintance with wind music through the local fanfare band.  He studied cornet, music theory and piano at the music academies in Mechelen and Willebroek.  Further musical studies were completed with a triple diploma in trumpet, music history and band conducting at the Lemmensinstitute in Louvain.  He also obtained a first prize in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, a master degree for conducting and Doctor of Musical Arts (2011) at Salford University, Manchester, (UK).  He has immersed himself full-time in the world of band music as a brass teacher, player, conductor, arranger and writer. 

He conducts Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium), Brass Band Nord-pas de Calais (France) and is head of music school in Deurne (Antwerp).

He can be heard on more than 25 highly acclaimed CD recordings and is editor and artistic director of Band Press VOF.  He regularly is invited to conduct or adjudicate around Europe and obtained the International Buma Brass Award 2014 for his international work within the band movement.

His interest for the past and for band history started a series of books and CD recordings.  For this Anthology of Flemish Band Music, he received the Fugue-Trophy by Sabam (the Belgian authors right association) in 2011.  He unearthed many pages and hours of original music by Belgian composers and his interest for the future is shown in his collaboration with many contemporary composers.

As an arranger some of his arrangements (especially those made for fanfare band and brass band) are played worldwide.


CD - Dream Times - Steven Mead

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Reference:  CDBOCC124
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Here is the fabulous new album from Steven Mead, his first for two years.

Dream Times has been in the planning for several years and many of the works are brand-new compositions, receiving their first performances, and new arrangements.

It has a theme of music and dreams, giving a fascinating feel to the CD. The Rhapsodia suite which ends the album, comes from a fashion show in which Steve was the guest soloist, in Milan in September 2007. With this we hear some funky variations on Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, that were arranged at the request of the Roberto Di Camerino fashion house! This is a brand new realisation of all the solo parts, 8 individual works, which will no doubt amaze all those who hear it !

The title track, Dream Times (anagram of Mister Mead), is a delightful light and at times highly virtuosic work, composed for euphonium and small wind/brass ensemble. With these two pieces we are in the lightest of moods, carefree and joyous.

With the three works by Piazzolla accompanied by string quartet, we delve into more deep human emotions and states, Anxiety, Sleep and Fear. The sound of the euphonium and strings has long been a dream for Steve, and here it is finally realised.

There are two brand-new works for brass ensemble, Aces, by Frank Gulino and Concertino by the young Singaporean composer Lee Jinjun, for brass quintet and brass sextet respectively. These highly optimistic works, with some exquisite lyrical moments, are sure to find their way into mainstream literature in the years to come. 

Perhaps the darkest and most sinister 'dream' on the album is iPhonium by Roderick Skipp. With this work and most of the others there is a strong connection with the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where Steve is Professor of Euphonium. All the accompanying musicians are current leading performers at this school. The second piece with electronics, Set Adrift by Thomas Kelly was compose one of Steve students at the RNCM, Carina Lam.

When you listen to Ave Maria by Piazzolla we recoomend you pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple and enjoy the sensuos 6 minutes of Steve playing his euphonium, accompanied by a large brass ensemble.

We hope you enjoy this stunning new album, and to all those of you who enjoy Steve's recording ...be sure to get this!!

It is released on the Bocchino Music label, catalogue BOCC124. Playing time 79 minutes

The presentation of this album is quite superb, with six panel digipak, complete with 16 page full-colour booklet, with lots of information on all the works.


You tube demo video: 

Review from Chris Thomas, Brass band World Magazine July/August 2016:

“If there is a solo performer in the brass band world that can be relied upon not to repeat himself musically, it is Steven Mead. His never-ending quest to innovate and expand the repertoire of the euphonium is, once again, at the heart of this enterprising and beautifully packaged new solo release.

Steven Mead’s playing is an unalloyed pleasure throughout; technically astounding as we have come to expect, but perhaps more importantly exhibiting a musicality in which every note is produced and placed with loving care;  the melodies and phrasing being given both space and an unerring sense of line and shape.” 



Aces for Solo Euphonium and Brass Quintet* – Frank Gulino                      

 Three Tango Sensations – Astor Piazzolla Arr. Matt Krening

i.   Anxiety   ii.  Asleep    iii. Fear                                                                                                                        

Set Adrift  for Solo Euphonium and Electronics* – Thomas Kelly     

Concertino for Euphonium and Brass Sextet* – Lee Jinjun        

iPhonium for Euphonium and Electronic Sounds* – Roderick Skipp 

Dream Times* – Hiroki Takahashi        

Ave Maria – Astor Piazzolla Arr. Ioan Dobrinescu                                     

Rhapsodia, Milan Fashion Show 2007* - Arr. Ray Knight



Recording in Studio 7, RNCM March 22-24 2016

Accompanying musicians from RNCM

String Quartet –Tango Sensations (Piazzolla)

Violin - Andra Vornicu

Violin - Megan Collis

Viola - Joseph Lenehan

Cello - Talulah Yunkers


Brass Ensembles – Aces (Gulino), Concertino (Jinjun), Ave Maria (Piazzolla)

Trumpet - Chris Clark, Hannah Mackenzie

Flugel Horn – Louise Franks

Tenor Horn - Jonathan Bates, Bobby Corkish

Baritone – Mike Cavanagh

Trombone - Chris Binns

Bass Trombone/Euphonium – Christopher Robertson

Tuba - Harry Cunningham


Wind/Brass Ensemble - Dream Times (Takahashi)

Flute - Hannah Clark

Clarinet - Qiran Chan

Soprano Saxophone - Isobel Williams

Alto Saxophone - Gillian Blair

Tenor horn - Jonathan Bates

Euphonium - Chris Robertson

Tuba - Harry Cunningham

Piano - Ruth Webb

Please note from June 1 it will also be available for digital download from iTunes, CD Baby etc

CD - Mists of the Mountains - A4 Brass Quartet - shipping NOW!!

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Here is the brand new debut CD release from perhaps the 'hottest' new brass ensemble in the UK today.

The ensemble consists of :

Jamie Smith - Cornet (Co-Principal Cornet, Grimethorpe Colliery)

Jonathan Bates - Tenor Horn (Principal Horn, Black Dyke)

Michael CavanaghBaritone (Solo Baritone, Grimethorpe Colliery)

Chris Robertson - Euphonium (Solo Euphonium, Wingates)

Welcome to the debut CD of the award-winning A4 Brass Quartet.

Formed in October 2013, the quartet members have roots in British brass banding, with all players holding principal seats in some of the country’s top bands. Whilst adhering to these original roots, as a group they continue to develop and commission new repertoire. The quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating a distinctive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet.

This CD features original music by some of the leading composers in the UK and Europe, who have written works specifically for A4 Brass. These composers include Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Oliver Waespi and Nigel Clarke to name a few. Mists of the Mountains by the quartet’s very own Jonathan Bates is the piece that the group won the Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award with, so poignantly features as the title track of this debut CD.

Based at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, A4 Brass is comprised of principal players from some of the UK’s leading brass bands, including the world famous Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, and Wingates bands. The quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating a distinctive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. The great technical capability and musical versatility of the quartet was recognised by the Royal Northern College of Music in the group’s first year together. Firstly, the quartet won the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble of the Year prize and after consequently being invited to represent the brass department at the overall prize, went on to win the Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award, claiming both the judge’s and audience vote.

This CD features original music by some of the leading composers in the UK and Europe, who have written works specifically for A4 Brass. These composers include Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Oliver Waespi and Nigel Clarke to name a few. Mists of the Mountains by the quartet’s very own Jonathan Bates is the piece that the group won the Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award with, so poignantly features as the title track of this debut CD.

The quartet perform concerts and masterclasses all over the UK, and 2015 saw the first mainland European excursion for A4 Brass as they accepted the invitation to perform in the Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania. The quartet has also featured on national television and radio, most recently for ITV’s 2015 Christmas Carol concert and live on BBC Radio 3 for their ‘In Tune’ broadcast in December 2015. Further performances have taken the quartet to the Isle of Man; St John’s Smith Square, London, as part of the Philip Jones Celebration of Brass and the Lake District Summer Music Festival.

A4 Brass Quartet perform exclusively on Besson Musical Instruments and are kindly sponsored by Chalker’s.


1. Toccata - Jonathan Bates 2:07

2. South Uist Variations - Oliver Waespi 11:37

3. A Musical Murder Mystery at the Bates Motel - Nigel Clarke 2:47

 4. Quartet No. 2 - Edward Gregson 6:27

 5. Craze - Tom Harrold 5:32

6-8. Electra Dances - Martin Ellerby

i. Vendetta 2:17  ii. Threnodies 3:59 iii. Nemesis 2:20

9. ‘...and has forgotten the gift.’ - Robert Bushnell 5:19

10. Moskito - Thomas Doss 4:14

11-14. Mists of the Mountains - Jonathan Bates

i. Gagaku 1:46   ii. Trans-Siberian Express 1:34 iii. Requiem from the Tuvan Hills 3:48 iv. A Tale of Two Peaks 9:05

Producer,Engineer & Post-Production: Adam Goldsmith  Artwork and Design: Mango Graphic Design

Recorded by World of Sound at The Royal Northern College of Music, Studio 7, 3/4 November 2015

CD - Journey - Misa Mea & Tomoko Sawano (piano)

£12.50 - £8.50
Reference:  CDBM123
Stock:  In stock In stock

Here is the stunning debut CD from Misa.

Journey is an album that captures her superb musicianship, virtuosity and control. The repertoire includes several works either composed or arranged by Misa. It was recorded in January 2014 in Studio 7 at the RNCM, Manchester.

The pianist is the superb Tomoko Sawano.

Here is the Youtube appetiser of the CD: http://youtu.be/s3X5opTzCog

The repertoire:

1. Fantasy Rondo - Robert Schumann Arr. Pierre Cambourian

2. Otemoyan Fantasy - Misa Mead

3. Hummingbrrd - Steven Bryant

4. Journey - Misa Mead

5. Waltz Op.39 No.15 - Johannes Brahms Arr. Misa Mead

6. Fantasy Rondo for Two Euphonium (duet with Steven Mead) - Derek Bourgeois

7. Concerto for Euphonium, Wind & Percussion (Summer of 2008) - David Gillingham

8. GAME - Suite for Euphonium and CD - Misa Mead

Misa Mead

 Misa was born in the city of Kumamoto, in the south west of Japan.

She graduated from Tokyo College of Music in 2008.

At both high school and university she was a scholarship student. 

Misa won the unanimous Gold Medal at the European Solo Competition for Young Soloists in Luxembourg 2011, as well winning the first prize at the 4th All-Japan Junior High and Senior High School Students Wind Instruments Solo Contest, 2000, and the 25th All-Kyushu Music Competition Gold Award 2001. 

At the highly prestigious 7th Jeju International Wind and Percussion Solo Competition 2012, South Korea, she won third prize and was the highest placed Asian performer.

Misa graduated with Honours at the Paris Conservatory in 2012.

She appeared as a guest soloist in March 2013 at the TubaMania Festival in Bangkok, Thailand and is set to return there in March 2014.

She also appeared as a guest artist in May 2013 at the South West Region Tuba Euphonium Conference (SWRTEC) in California, USA, performing her own compositions. In 2013 she was appointed High School Performance Assistant at the Tokyo College of Music. She also works closely with the Tokyo-based Spiel Kammerensemble.

Misa is an active as freelance composer and orchestrator.  Many of her works are published by ASKS Winds (Japan) and distributed world-wide.

Since July 2013, Misa has moved to the UK, and performed many concerts in Europe including in France, Italy, Germany, Canada, and Lithuania . She married the famous British euphonium artist Steven Mead in March 2014, and changed her name from Misa Akahoshi to Misa Mead and with this, her debut album Journey, her recording career has also begun. Forthcoming appearances include the ITEC2014 in Bloomington, Indiana and the Sydney International Brass Festival.

Misa was recently appointed as a Besson Euphonium Artist and will represent the Buffet Group around the world with her solo and duet activities.

 Tomoko Sawano

 Born in Tokyo in 1969, Tomoko began playing the piano at the age of three. She studied at the Tokyo College of Music High School and Tokyo College of Music under Katsuko Miura and Kazune Shimizu, winning Third Prize in the Special Grade of the PTNA Piano Competition in 1992.

In 1993 Tomoko moved to Germany to study at the University of the Arts, Berlin under Professor Rainer Becker. In 1995, during her studies in Germany, she was awarded a Diploma at the International Music Competition Maria Canals of Barcelona.
Since high school Tomoko has been dedicated to ensemble performance. She places importance not just acting as an accompanist, but on serving as an essential partner during performances. With flexibility and a resolute musical sense she possesses great ensemble abilities that allow her to become one with her co-performers. She is highly regarded for her ability to draw out the musicianship of her collaborators. As a result she receives offers from musicians all over the world for CD recordings, concert tours, and recitals.
Additionally, Tomoko has served as an official pianist at competitions and workshops across the globe, including the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen (Germany), ARD International Music Competition (Germany), Philip Jones International Competition (France), International Trombone Festival (Denmark), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), Mondoñedo Workshop (Spain), and TubaMania International Festival, Thailand. She has won many best pianist awards at these events.
From 1998 Tomoko has served as brass and wind répétiteur at both the University of the Arts, Berlin and the Franz Liszt college of Music, Weimar. She receives extremely high praise for her work in these schools and many of her students have won prizes at international competitions.
Tomoko currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Dutch Variations - Euphonium Multitrack CD - Jorijn Van Hese

Reference:  CDJH2014-01
Stock:  In stock In stock

The young Dutch euphonium virtuoso performer Jorijn van Hese has for some time been fascinated by the challenge, not to mention the wonderful sonic possibilities of multitracked euphoniums. This great new album, very much in the style of Steven Mead's Euphonium Magic albums (vol.1.2.3) explores an array of literature, with a leaning towards towards Salvation Army repertoire.

It's very well done and is sure to be of interest to anyone who's enjoyed the Euphonium Magic albums.

Track listing

01 – Red Shield -  Harry Goffin, arr. Ian Jones
02 – My All is on the Altar – Morley Calvert, arr. Michael Babb
03 – Rhapsody for Euphonium – James Curnow, arr, Jorijn van Hese
04 – Under His Wings – Cornelis Tj. Ros
05 – Star Lake – Eric Ball, arr. Sam Creamer
06 – Festivity – Leslie Condon
07 – In Perfect Peace – Kenneth Downie, arr. Edwin Outhuijse
08 – Withness of Faith – Henk Klaucke
09 – The Old Rugged Cross – George Bennard, arr. Jörgen Bootsma
10 – Dances – John Stevens
11 – Vivacity – Martin Cordner
12 – Londonderry Air -  Traditional, arr. Martin Cordner
13 – Victory – Jörgen Bootsma
14 – Dutch Variations – Ralph E. Pearce
15 – Absent Illusion   Marcus Venables
16 – Mighty to Save – George Marshall, arr. Michael Babb
 Bonus Track
17 – Hungarian Dance No. 5 – Johannes Brahms, arr. Jorijn van Hese

Here are some examples :  http://www.youtube.com/user/BrassMultiTrack

We think you'll enjoy this innovative CD.

CD- HOSANNA - Steven Mead (Euphonium) & Lidia Ksiazkiewicz (Organ)

£12.50 - £10.50
Reference:  CDBM121
Stock:  In stock In stock

Here is the  CD release from Steve, accompanied by the talented Polish organist, now living in France, Lidia Ksiazkiewicz. It was recorded in Laon Cathedral and the Church of St Pierre, Guignicourt, France at the end of August 2013.

The first 100 CDs ordered will be autographed by Steve

Take two of the most impressive and sonorous instruments from the world of music, played by two of the leading exponents, and put them together. This sublime new album has a cross section of beautiful music that will thrill audiences the word over.

Sonata in Bb Major – Alessandro Besozzi **

1.                     Andante       2:07

2.                     Allegro       2:03

3.                     Larghetto       2:10

4.                     Allegretto       1:38

5.         Duet for Trombone and Organ – Gustav Holst       9.08 

6.         Ave Maria – Franz Schubert       4.22    

7.         Chants Russes – Eduoard Lalo       5.09

8.         Lacrimae Lacrimae – Jan Sandström       4.33

9.         Romance Op. 36 – Camille Saint-Saëns       3.44

10.       Concerto for Oboe in D Minor, Op.9 no.2       3.40

                   1st Movement – Tomaso Albinoni **

11.       Sicilienne – Maria Theresia Paradis       3.11

12.       Invocation  Op.135 – Gardner Read       7.23

13.       Poem – Zdenek Fibich       2.39

Sonata in A Major – Francesco Geminiani  **

14.                   Andante       2.16

15.                   Allegro       1.52

16.                   Andante       1.00

17.                   Allegro       2.03

18.       Pie Jesu – Andrew Lloyd Webber +       3.10

19.       Hosanna – Franz Liszt       4.48  

20.       Ave Maria – Guilio Caccini  +       4.15

 TOTAL: 74.37minutes

 + duet with Misa Akahoshi

Recorded in France in Laon Cathedral, and the Church of St.Pierre, Guignicourt ** 


The story behind Hosanna

 A chance meeting with the wonderful Polish organist Lidia Książkiewicz in France some nine months ago awakened my curiosity of how it would be to record an album with euphonium and organ. I have made many recordings over the years, variously with brass band, piano, brass quintet, brass ensembles and multitrack for example, and with each of these the outcomes were all quite predictable, and in many cases the repertoire quite bountiful.

 In my head I could imagine the rich sound of the euphonium set against the resonant sound of a cathedral organ, two mighty voices playing in harmony!

 I set about looking for suitable repertoire and spent a few weeks searching music libraries and online resources. It immediately became clear that there was almost no original literature for this combination and not put off by this,  I sought out a balance of other works for brass and organ, classical arrangements and songs that might create not only a musical balance, but would allow a chance to show off the potential of this combination. During a very brief visit to the Strasbourg Conservatory where Lidia is also a professional piano accompanist, we took the occasion to try out some of the repertoire. We recognised instantly that this combination had so much potential. The CD project therefore became inevitable.

The logistics were quite quickly worked out and Lidia made enquiries whether we could use Laon Cathedral for the recording. Lidia is the resident organist there knew the full potential of this great organ. As we discussed the repertoire we also were discussing some Baroque works and perhaps using a second organ that was more suitable for this music. About 25 km from Laon is the town of Guignicourt and the organ there was absolutely suitable for a couple of pieces from all that. All the other pieces of jigsaw felt together relatively easily in place.

We hope you enjoy Hosanna as much as we did recording it!

If you'd prefer to digitally download this album, click here

Pierce plays Bach - Ben Pierce (tuba and euphonium)

Reference:  CDBP04
Stock:  In stock In stock

American virtuoso soloist Ben Pierce takes on what is arguably the hardest musical challenge for today's brass performer, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In this oustanding album recorded in 2009,  you can hear 24 outstanding tracks by one of today's leading performers:

1.Three Cello Suite Preludes – No1 in G Major, BWV 1007
2. Three Cello Suite Preludes – No2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
3. Three Cello Suite Preludes – No3 In C Major, BWV 1009
4.Sonata In G Minor, BWV 1020 – I Allegro
5. Sonata In G Minor, BWV 1020 – II Adagio
6.Sonata In G Minor, BWV 1020 – III Allegro
7. Partita In A Minor, BWV 1013 – Allemande
8. Partita In A Minor, BWV 1013 – Corrente
9.Partita In A Minor, BWV 1013 – Sarabande
10. Partita In A Minor, BWV 1013 – Bourree Anglaise
11.Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565
12. Partita In E Major, BWV 1006 – Preludio
13. Six 2-Part Inventions – Invention No1 in C Major BWV 772
14. Six 2-Part Inventions – Invention No4 in D Minor, BWV 775
15. Six 2-Part Inventions – Invention No8 in F Major, BWV 779
16.Six 2-Part Inventions – Invention No9 in F Minor, BWV 780
17.Six 2-Part Inventions – Invention No13 in A Minor, BWV 784
18. Six 2-Part Inventions – Invention No14 in B Flat Major, BWV 785
19. Six 3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias) – Sinfonia No2 in C Minor, BWV 788
20. Six 3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias) – Sinfonia No8 in F Major, BWV 794
21. Six 3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias) – Sinfonia No9 in F Minor, BWV 795
22. Six 3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias) – Sinfonia No11 in G Minor, BWV 797
23. Six 3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias) – Sinfonia No13 in A Minor, BWV 799
24.Six 3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias) – Sinfonia No14 in B Flat Major, BWV 800

Cheers - Ben Pierce (euphonium) and Jun Okada (piano)

Reference:  CDBP03
Stock:  In stock In stock

This is simply a GREAT show album, featuring 15 stunning tracks, displaying the full technical wizardry of the leading  American soloist, Ben Pierce.

Repertoire, with sound clips:

1.Philip Wilby
Concert Gallop
© Comus Edition 1991
2.JB Arban
Brilliant Fantasy
3.Antonio Bazzini/Benjamin Pierce
The Dance of the Goblins
4.Herman Bellstedt
5.Ionel Dumitru
Rumanian Dance No. 2
© Editions BIM 1996
6.Herbert L. Clarke
The Southern Cross
7.Maurice Ravel
Piece in the form of an Habanera
8.Jean-Baptiste Arban
Variations on a Tyrolienne
9.Peter Graham
© DeHaske 1999
10.Herbert L. Clarke
Showers of Gold
11.Niccolo Paganini/Donald Hunsberger
Moto Perpetuo
© Donald Hunsberger 1990
12.J.B. Arban/Yasuhide Ito
Variations on the Carnival of Venice
© TOA Music International 1989
13.Johannes Brahms/Benjamin Pierce
Hungarian Dance No. 5
14.Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/Benjamin Pierce
The Flight of the Bumblebee
15.Robert Schumann

Wheels of Life - Ben Pierce - Euphonium and Tuba

Reference:  CDBP02
Stock:  In stock In stock

The highly acclaimed American  virtuoso performer on both tuba and euphonium,  Dr Ben Pierce  has produced several outstanding recordings in recent years. Hear him now on his first release, 'Wheels of Life', recorded in 2006 accompanied by the outstanding Japanese pianist Jun Okada.  It features  popular and important tuba and euphonium works in addition to the title composition and other rarities.

Arthur Butterworth (b. 1923)
Partita, op. 89
1. Prelude (1:21)
2. Capriccio (1:18)
3. Sarabande (2:25)
4. Bourrée (1:28)
5. Scherzo (2:04)
© 1991 Comus Edition
Penderecki, Krzysztof (b.1933)
6. Capriccio (4:44)
© 1987 Schott Musik International
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Fantasiestücke, op. 73
7. Zart und mit Ausdruck (3:32)
8. Lebhaft, leicht (3:50)
9. Rasch und mit Feuer (4:05)
Kenyon Wilson (b. 1970)
10. Tubaku (3:56)
© 2002 Kenyon Wilson
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Concerto for Bass Tuba
11. Prelude (4:49)
12. Romanza (4:34)
13. Finale- Rondo alla Tedesca (3:12)
© 1955 Oxford University Press
Marcel Bitsch (b. 1921)
14. Intermezzo (5:08)
© 1968 Alphonse Leduc
Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)
Concertino for Tuba and Piano
15. Allegro vivo (3:50)
16. Andante ma non troppo (4:27)
17. Allegro vivo (2:52)
© 1967 Alphonse-Leduc
Stevens, John (b. 1951)
18. Triumph of the Demon Gods (5:26)
© 1981 Manduca Music
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
19. Prelude, op. 2 No. 1 (3:55)
Wendy Wan-Ki Lee (b. 1977)
Wheels of Life: In Reminiscence
20. Pensiero (4:33)
21. Affannoso (2:07)
22. Doloroso (3:09)
© 2003 Wendy Wan-Ki Lee

Notes from the Underground - CD - Ben Pierce (euph&tuba)/Kristy Mezines (piano)

£12.25 - £9.25
Reference:  CDBP01
Stock:  In stock In stock

The fabulous new solo CD from the American euphonium and tuba virtuoso Ben Pierce.

You can listen to many of the sound clips below !! an

1.    Petar Christoskov (b. 1917), arr. Benjamin Pierce- Moto Perpetuo, op. 2 and
Henry Eccles (1670-1742)- Sonata in G minor
2.    I Largo
3.    II Courante- Allegro con spirito
4.    III Adagio
5.    IV Presto
Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908), arr. Benjamin Pierce- Three Spanish Dances
6.    Jota navarra
7.    Romanza andaluza
8.    Zapateado
Áron Romhányi (b. 1974)- Parallels
9.    Allegro
10.    Andante, rubato
11.    Vivo, very rhythmical
12.    Joachim Raff (1822-1882)- Cavatina
13.    Joseph Suk (1874-1935), arr. Benjamin Pierce- Burleska
Allen Vizzutti (b. 1952)- Cityscape
14.    Uptown
15.    Midtown
16.    Downtown
Robert Mueller (b. 1958)- Notes from the Underground
17.    Existential Ballade
18.    Elegy for Nothingness
19.    The Inevitable Moto Perpetuo
Elena Lebedeva (b. 1957)- Insects
20.    Fly
21.    Butterfly
22.    Grasshopper
23.    Dragonfly
24.    Beetle


Ben's achievements as a soloist are quite astonishing, and when you see this list and you don't already know his playing, your attention must be aroused!! 

-Winner, “Citta di Porcia” International Tuba Competition (2008)

-Winner, Grand Prize, Jeju International Brass Competition (2008)

-Winner, Markneukirchen International Tuba Competition (2008)

-Winner, Lieksa Brass Week Euphonium Competition (2004)

-Winner, ITEC Solo Tuba Artist Competition (2002)

-Winner, University of Michigan Graduate Concerto Competition (2002)

-Grand Prize, Japan Wind and Percussion Competition: Tuba (2001)

-Winner, Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Competition (2001)

-Winner, Lansing Matinee Musicale Orchestral Brass Competition (2001)

-Winner, International Women’s Brass Conference Euphonium Competition (2000)

-Winner, Royal Northern College of Music International Open Euphonium Competition (2000)

-Winner, Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Artist Competition (1998)

-Winner, ITEC Solo Euphonium Artist Competition (1998)

- Winner, ITEC Mock Band Audition Competition: Euphonium (1998)

- Grand Prize, Music Teachers National Association Competition for Brass (1998)

CDs - Beautiful Sounds (2-disc) - Steven Mead

£13.00 - £7.00
Reference:  CDBM16
Stock:  In stock In stock



1. Serenade (Schubert Arr. Wilkinson)                                  4.13

2. The Last Sleep of the Virgin (Massenet Arr. Vertommen)    4.14

3. Carrickfergus  (Trad. Irish Arr. Roberts)                           3.45

4. Estrellita (Ponce Arr. Bennett)                                        3.38

5. Vaga Luna (Bellini Arr.Creux)                                        3.33

6.  Serenade (Drigo Arr.Stephens)                                       4.07

7. The Girl With The Flaxen Hair (Debussy Arr.Bale)           2.03

8. Largo Elegiaco, from Euphonium Concerto No.2 (Golland) 9.09

9. Peace  (Golland)                                                           4.08

10. Midnight Euphonium  (Richards)                                   5.14

11. When He Cometh (Evans)                                            4.51

12. On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss (Holsinger Arr. Stuckemeyer) 4.04

13. Barcarolle (Offenbach Arr. Mead)                                 2.39

14. Aria (Bozza Arr. Van der Woude)                                4.03


1. Apres un Reve (Faure Arr. Mead)                                   2.48

2. 2nd Mov. Concertino (Wilhelm Arr.Viet))                         3.08

3. A Night in June ... Karl King                                             5.35

4. Serenata (Toselli Arr. Ruedi)                                           3.53

5. Shenandoah (Trad. Arr. Olcott)                                        2.52

6. Vissi D'Arte (Puccini Arr.Mead)                                         3.23

7. Notturno (Rimsky Korsakov Arr. Mead)                             2.29

8. Adagio from Clarinet Concerto (Mozart Arr.Bale)             6.50

9. Pokarekare Ana (Trad. Arr. Vertommen)                           4.07

10. Scarborough Fair (Garfunkel. Arr. Reichenbach)               1.54

11. The Holy Well (Graham)                                              3.52

12. Adagio from the Cello Concerto (Elgar Arr. Bourgeois)    4.58

13. Di Provenza  (Verdi Arr. Creux)                                     3.47

14. Quiet Place (Carmichael Arr.Robertson)                         2.51

15. David of the White Rock (Trad. Arr. Bale)                      2.43

16. Pilatus (Richards)                                                         7.08

Additional Information

 This collection of some of my favourite recording moments spanning twenty years will I hope bring the listener a few hours of relaxation, away from the hectic stress of modern living, and show off the sound of the musical instrument I enjoy playing so much!

The recording industry has changed over the last twenty years but the desire of people to listen to music, thankfully remains undiminished. The way we listen maybe changing, moving from LP to CD to digital downloading but one thing is for sure, for a performing musician it remains perhaps the ultimate challenge to create, often in the rather sterile conditions of a recording studio, something that will give pleasure to not only students and specialists in the music world, but also the general public, who enjoy the enrichment that music brings to their lives.

Over the years I've recorded a lot of very difficult music, first performances of new works and commissions. This has been central to my life as a soloist. But with an instrument like the euphonium, capable of such beautiful ethereal sounds the universal appeal of this instrument must be it's ability to deliver melodies with a human appeal which audiences find quite captivating. It has been this characteristic I have observed so clearly in over thirty years of travelling. It crosses language and cultural borders with consummate ease, creating a bond of human emotion that is genuine and that stays in the memory long after the ‘live' moment has ended.

As a boy I was equally known in my home town of Bournemouth for my angelic (!) soprano voice and, as I've told many times, the euphonium became my second and real voice after my first voice descended in pitch. Selecting the melodies for this collection of previous recordings was difficult but I hope you enjoy the variety of accompaniments and melodies from around the world. For me, this creates a self-revelatory feeling, as I have since earliest memory ‘sang' from the heart. For me every note in a melody has value and meaning, always going somewhere and always carrying an emotion that I hope to convey to the listener.

So, I hope you enjoy this twenty-year collection of recorded melodies that will soothe and calm, and continue to show off the extraordinary instrument that is the euphonium. 

Steven Mead

20 Supreme Years - Eikanger-Bjørsvik

£13.00 - £4.00
Reference:  CDBM06
Stock:  In stock In stock

Additional Info

When an extraordinary brass band, crammed with fine musicians, celebrates a successful 20-year relationship by recording a carefully chosen programme of cutting edge compositions and arrangements, all under the masterly direction of one of the greatest influences on modern brass band repertoire and performance, then the listener can expect to be in for a treat. 

When that combination is Eikanger-Bjørsvik and Howard Snell, then that expectation further heightens. Add to the mix the groundbreaking recording and editing techniques employed by Steven Mead and the final product allows us to sit back and enjoy, at a level of detail never previously experienced in the genre, the wonderful musical journey that makes this a milestone in brass band recording history.

Kenneth Crookston - Editor, British Bandsman.


1. Bank Holiday, Howard Snell, 2.19 
2. Concerto, Bellini arr.Snell, 6.17
Soloist: Martin Winter 
3. Adagio, Beethoven arr.Snell, 5.53 
4. Cossack Dance from Mazeppa, Tchaikovsky arr.Snell, 3.38
5-8. Irving Berlin Suite Arr.Snell 
5. Anything You Can Do, 1.42 
6. A Pretty Girl is Like A Melody, 4.22
Soloist: Gyda Matland 
7. It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow, 3.08
Soloist: Jane Westervik 
8. Puttin' on the Ritz, 2.29 
9. Finale Act 1 Lohengrin, Wagner arr.Snell, 3.22 
10. The Flower Song, Bizet arr.Snell, 4.32
Soloist: Tormod Flaten 
11. The Clock with the Dresden Figures, Ketelby arr.Snell, 3.33 
12. Adagio, Albinoni arr.Snell, 6.49 
13. Tango, Albeniz arr. Snell, 2.40 
14. Londonderry Air, Trad. arr.Snell, 3.35
Soloist: Grethe Tonheim 
15. Daphnis and Chloé (Finale 2nd Suite), Ravel arr.Snell, 4.54 
16. Scaramouche Brasiliera, Milhaud arr. Snell, 2.27 
17. Russian Dance, Khatachurian arr.Snell, 4.02 
18. Passacaglia in C Minor, Bach arr.Snell, 12.30

CD - 4 Valves 4 Slides - Steven Mead and Trombonisti Italiani (trombone quartet led by Lito Fontana)

£13.00 - £9.50
Reference:  CDRCR02
Stock:  In stock In stock

Back in stock - and highly valued by enthusiasts of Steve's recording catalogue, recorded in Rome in 2004!


1. Gypsy Dance .. Bizet/Mendez/Bale
2. Girl with the Flaxen Hair .. Debussy /Bale
3. Napoli Variations .. Bellstedt/Hunsberger/Bale
4. Recondita Armonia from Tosca .. Puccini/Bale
5. Fly Me to the Moon .. Howard/Hughes
6. Grand Russian Fantasia .. Levy/Bale
7. One Note Samba .. Jobim/Dittmar
8. Flight of the Bumble Bee .. Rimsky Korsakov/H.James/Bale
9. My Funny Valentine .. Arr.Pipone
10. Au Privave .. Charlie Parker
11. Pcelinka .. Hungarian trad. arr. Stueckelschweiger

Additional Info

The musical arrangements for the CD were nearly all specially made, 5 of them by the amazing Maurice Bale who provided most of the arrangements for Steve’s Euphonium Magic multi-track CD. Others were made by arrangers associated with Lito Fontana. The styles reflect the huge potential of such a combination and the combined virtuoso talents of Steve and the trombone quartet. Lito is a famous jazz musician who has encouraged Steve to jam with him on a few tracks!

Bella Italia - Steven Mead

£13.00 - £5.95
Reference:  CDBM02
Stock:  In stock In stock



  1. Dulcamarata (Donizetti Variations) for Euphonium and Symph Band K.H. Koper
  2. Caro mio ben G. Giordani Arr. A. Bona
  3. Aria di chiesa "Pietà Signore" A. Stradella Arr. A. Barbagallo
  4. Vaga luna che inargenti V. Bellini Arr. A. Bona
  5. Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni V. Bellini Arr. A. Bona
  6. Ah, non credea mirarti V. Bellini Arr. A. Bona
  7. Ah, non giunge V.Bellini Arr. A. Bona
  8. A fors' è lui G. Verdi Arr. F. Creux
  9. Di Provenza il mar, il suol G. Verdi Arr. F. Creux
  10. Ave Maria G. Verdi Arr. F. Creux
  11. Vissi d'arte G. Puccini Arr. A. Bona
  12. Serenata E. Toselli Arr. T. Ruedi
  13. Preghiera F. Feliciangeli Arr. F. Creux
  14. Alla Czardas G. Orsomando Arr. F. Creux
  15. Variations on "Carnival of Venice" J.B. Arban Arr. D. Hunsberger

Additional Info

Steven Mead has for some years visited Italy regularly, bringing his instrument to this country of music lovers who, it must be said, seem to have fallen in love with the sound of the euphonium. Thanks to his numerous visits to Italy (including Aosta, Milan, Trento, Bolzano, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Ancona, Bari, Calabria and Sicily), he has developed a musical affinity with the country, the people and their music. This unique CD is another landmark in the relationship between Mead and this country and for the growth of the popularity of the euphonium in Italy.


It has always been part of the Italian band music tradition to play pieces from the operatic repertoire using instruments, especially those of the saxhorn family, to "imitate" the human voice. This tradition began in the nineteenth century when, given the lack of radio and records, the band was the medium of broadcasting the fashionable melodies of operatic music in the town squares. Today Italian bands are following many different musical paths, including the current extensive repertoire of original pieces. Dedicating almost an entire CD to operatic Romances and Arias therefore has a double meaning: on the one hand it pays homage to this genre, whose intrinsic beauty defies description and on the other hand it does that which virtuosi and instrumental soloists all over the world have always done, that is to give a ‘voice' to these immortal works through their instruments. Please enjoy the unique, inimitable sound of Steven Mead, who for the first time has recorded a CD with an Italian military band on this stunning album of Italian classics!

Brass and Wines - Steven Mead and Spanish Brass Quintet

£13.00 - £4.75
Reference:  CDBM13
Stock:  In stock In stock


Brass and Wines - José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana Muro.

  1. Expectative
  2. Almoroig
  3. Albir

Concerto for Oboe in C Minor - Philipp Telemann

4. Grave 5. Allegro 6. Andante 7. Vivace

8. Elegie - Peter Meechan
9. Lisonjas de la alcahueta - Juan J. Colomer
10. Bravura Variations on a Theme by Mozart - Adolphe Adam Arr. Henry Howey
11. Kaleidoscopic Overdrive - Ben McMillan
12. Canción de cuna para dormir un negrito - Xavier Montsalvatge
13. Innuendo - Queen Arr.Roland Szentpali
14. Finale from Concerto for Violin Peter Iliich Tchaikovsky Arr. Henry Howey


Additional Info

Take the worlds best known euphonium solo artist and Europe's finest brass quintet Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, you have a the possibility for a truly vintage recording and Brass and Wines is just that. With several specially commissioned original works and some stunning arrangements here is a a showcase album for the euphonium enthusiasts, fans of brass ensembles and music lovers to savour.

Enjoy this truly wonderful combination of euphonium and brass quintet in a programme that will thrill and entertain. Another great release from Steve's own award winning label, Bocchino Music!

The original works are major contribution to the euphonium repertoire, challenging and wonderful in their innovation. The lighter works are a true delight. The finale of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, that concludes the CD has left many with their jaws wide open. Simply incredible.

This is one of Steve's all time favourite recordings !!! 

Brassin' Mozart 2006

£13.00 - £12.00
Reference:  CDBM05
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Overture - Marriage of Figaro . . Mozart Arr.Hubert Gurtner 4.31

  2. Theme and Variations from Andantino con Variazioni (Sinfonia Concertante) K.297B . . Mozart Arr. Maurice Bale 8.28

  3. Aria - Zaide . . Mozart Arr.Hubert Gurtner 5.46*

    Bassoon Concerto K.191 . Mozart Arr. Maurice Bale

  4. Allegro 7.17

  5. Andante ma adagio 6.41

  6. Minuet 3.54

  7. Exultate Jubilate . . Mozart Arr.F.Polak 2.42* 

  8. Overture - The Impressario . . Mozart Arr.Hubert Gurtner 3.59

  9. Sub Tuum Praesidium . . Mozart Arr.Hubert Gurtner 4.34*

  10. Requiem Paraphrases on a Theme of Mozart . . Peter Meechan 9.53

  11. Adagio (from Clarinet Concerto) .. Mozart Arr. Maurice Bale 6.53

  12. Moz! ... Peter Meechan 2.36

    *CHARLOTTE PISTOR, soprano

Additional Info

Steven is once again joined by the extremely talented Austrian 12-piece Sound Inn Brass for an album of brand new Mozart arrangements! This disc also includes two original compositions to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of W. A. Mozart. 

Proved to be a really popular disc, despite the wacky cover !! 

CD - Bravura - Steven Mead

£13.25 - £8.00
Reference:  CDPR19
Stock:  In stock In stock



  1. Hail Ancient Walls ... Gounod, arr. Snell
  2. Euphonium Concerto No. 2 ... John Golland
  3. Arbucklenian Polka ... Hartmann
  4. Sicilienne ... Paradies, arr. Snell
  5. Concerto ... Vladimir Cosma, arr. Meredith
  6. Lento from Cello Concerto ... Elgar, arr. Bourgeois
  7. Fantasy on Moto Perpetuo ... Pagannini, arr. Snell (euphonium duet and band, both parts played by Mead)
  8. Bravura Variations for Euphonium quartet and band ... Peter Graham (all four parts played by Mead)



Additional Info

Steven Mead dazzles audiences with a jam-packed disc that is sure to please even the most critical listener. Bravura has everything that you will need to get started listening to Euphonium repertoire! Definitely a CD to impress!  One of Steve's most popular all time CDs with the Fairey Band and conductor Howard Snell is incredible form and Steve rises to the heights of his powers, with Golland 2 and the Cosma on the same disc..Wow !!

Classic Quintet, Vol. 2

£13.25 - £12.25
Reference:  CDRCR01
Stock:  In stock In stock


Wind Quintet in Ab op. 14... Gustav Holst 

  1.  Allegro moderato 4.13
  2. Adagio 5.00
  3. Allegretto 2.23
  4. Poco allegro e cantabile 4.03

5. Brilliante ... Peter Graham Arr. G.Veit 5.38

6. Pequena Czarda ... Iturralde arr. G.Veit 4.29

7. Czardas ... Monti arr. G.Veit 4.20

8. Fantasie Originale ... Picchi arr. G.Veit 7.43

9. The Lark in the Clear Air ... Trad Arr. Catherwood re-arr. G. Veit 3.47

10. Concerto Brillante on Carnival of Venice ... Bimboni arr. G.Veit 11.39

Additional Info

Steve teams up once again with the this superb professional woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) from Northern Italy, under the leadership of Alexander Veit.


£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR15
Stock:  In stock In stock



  1. Concertino for Euphonium and Symphonic Wind Band (Rolf Wilhelm) premiere recording
  2. Peace Please (Frode Thingnaes)
  3. Fantasy (Philip Sparke)
  4. Vintage (David Gillingham)
  5. Lento from Euphonium Concerto (Joseph Horovitz)
  6. Russian Dance (Boehme, Arr. J. Smith)
  7. Concerto (originally Trombone Concerto, Derek Bourgeois)



Croatian Euphonic Brass

£13.00 - £5.95
Reference:  CDBM16
Stock:  In stock In stock


    1. Euphonium Concerto (V.Lisjak) 1st movement   6.45
    2. Euphonium Concerto (V.Lisjak) 2nd movement   8.52
    3. Euphonium Concerto (V.Lisjak) 3rd movement   5.30
    4. Pavane (G.Faure) arranged for euphonium and harp   7.48
    5. Marches (Paisible/Tollet/H.Purcell)   6.39
    6. Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts (H.Purcell)   1.59
    7. Canzona (H.Purcell)   2.13
    8. Praise The Lord, O Jerusalem (H.Purcell)   6.55
    9. Sonata Pian' e Forte (G.Gabrieli)   4.15
    10. Madonna Mia, Pieta (O.De Lassus)   1.37
    11. Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (M.Ravel)   6.26                                   

Total CD 58.59

Steve writes: "Croatian Euphonic Brass has been a really excellent project with the musicians of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. It is not a disc full of 'fireworks' ! I have a few of these already and will probably do more in the future! This is a recording that has sounds and moments that I've been dreaming about since we discussed the possibilities with this repertoire. We planned for three years and now I'm so happy with the results. The ensemble consists of four trumpets, four French horns, three trombones, tuba and three percussion. The main work on the CD is the brand new Euphonium Concerto by Vanja Lisjak, who also arranged all the other tracks on the recording.. This is a marvellous work full of emotion, human spirit and at times, great depth. I hope this becomes a work that everyone will want to play." 

Vanja Lisjak writes: ""The musicians playing on this CD are the finest brass and percussion artists in Croatia, educated in Croatia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and the United States. Since 1990, almost all of us are members of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, where we unfortunately have a rare chance of playing as a chamber group, as our orchestral schedule doesn't allow enough time. A concert with Steven Mead gave us a chance to show our great love for this type of music, and to unite the experience we were gaining as members of different chamber ensembles present in our country. I am very grateful for the great effort and professionalism invested in the realisation of this CD"

You can watch a 6 minute presentation with extracts from each work YouTube, by following this link:

CD - Euphonic Sounds - The British Tuba Quartet

Reference:  CDPR08
Stock:  In stock In stock

The 2nd CD ever made by the BTQ. only 3 copies left! (7/7/20)


  1. Celestial Suite - Stephen Bulla
  2. Il Ritorno - Diero/arr. Ferguson
  3. They Didn't Believe Me - Kern/arr. Holcombe
  4. Quartet for Brass - Ramsoe/arr. Buttery
  5. Mon Coeur Se Recommende a Vous - Lasso/arr. Robinson
  6. John, Come Kiss Me Now - Byrd/arr. Winter
  7. Bocoxe - Powell/arr. Buttery
  8. The Favorite Rag - Joplin/arr. Sabourin
  9. Spiritual Jazz Suite - arr. Niehaus
  10. Greensleeves - arr. Buttery
  11. Get Me To The Church On Time - Lerner & Loewe/arr. Belshaw
  12. Air from Suite No. 3 - Bach/arr. Werden
  13. The Pink Panther - Mancini/arr. Krush
  14. Euphonic Sounds - Joplin/arr. Werden
  15. You Made Me Love You - Monano/arr. Holcombe
  16. William Tell Overture (Finale) - Rossini/arr. Smalley

Euphonium Magic Vol. 1 - the original multi-tracked Mead!

£13.00 - £4.50
Reference:  CDBM01
Stock:  In stock In stock

This incredible multi-tracked album has now sold over 5000 copies, making it one the most popular euphonium CDs ever!


  1. Humoreske - Tchaikovsky arr. M.Bale
  2. Sonata Pian'eforte - Gabrieli arr. M.Bale
  3. Erinnerung - Schumannn arr. L. Mahlknecht
  4. Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Bach arr.A.P.Taylor 
  5. Scarborough Fair - Art Garfunkel arr.B.Reichenbach
  6. The Sorcerers Apprentice - Dukas arr.M.Bale 
  7. Golliwogg's Cakewalk - C.Debussy arr.M.Bale 
  8. Clair de Lune - C.Debussy arr.M.Bale
  9. Scherzo from Midsummer Nights Dream - F.Mendelssohn arr.M.Bale
  10. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - C.Debussy arr.M.Bale
  11. The Ride of the Valkyries - R.Wagner arr.R.Hall 
  12. Frankie and Johnny - American Trad. arr.S.Roberts 
  13. Fly Me to the Moon - B.Howard arr.R. Hughes
  14. Jump, Jive an' Wail - L.Prima arr.J.Vinson 

Additional Info

Euphonium Magic is the title of a  recording that is a completely multi-tracked album where Steve plays every single note on the one hour recording. In pieces ranging from 4 to 17 parts, it is an amazing technical and musical feat to produce such a disc where everything from Gabrieli to jazz is covered, including four substantial works, Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice (the inspiration behind the title), Wagner’s famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, the complete Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and J.S. Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Schumann complete the classical side and there are three jazz and swing pieces to round the disc including a rip-roaring version of Louis Prima’s Jump Jive an’Wail.

Those who have heard pre-production versions of the disc are frankly astonished by the results! The sound quality is amazing, warm rich euphonium tones combining in perfect rhythmic precision and astonishingly perfect intonation throughout. Steve’s only regret is that this particular euphonium ensemble/orchestra can never play live…at least, not all at the same time!! But when you listen to the great music on Euphonium Magic you can cast this regret away, and listen in wonder as to how the hell this was ever done. Some secrets will come out, but as the title suggests, some it will remain, like all good magic, a secret.

Euphonium Magic Vol. 3 - Earth Voices

£13.00 - £5.95
Reference:  CDBM08
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Rush Hour - Ben McMillan 3.46 
  2. Toccata - Frescobaldi/Joe Skillen 4.57
  3. A Eupher's Dream - G.Robertson 5.16 
  4. Canzon XV11 - Giovanni Gabrieli/Pat Stuckemeyer 2.41
  5. Soldiers Chorus - Charles Gounod/Maurice Bale 2.53
  6. Concert Etude Op.49 - Goedicke/Pat Stuckemeyer 3.01 
  7. Dances - John Stevens
  8. On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - David Holsinger/Pat Stuckemeyer 4.08
  9. Funk Theory - Pete Meechan 4.12
  10. Cartoon Symphony - Arr.Gianni Bannetta 3.12
  11. Theme from Schindler's List - John Williams/Gail Robertson 3.38
  12. Earth Voices - Roland Szentpali 8.00 
  13. Dance of the Comedians - Bedrich Smetena/Pat Stuckemeyer 2.51

Additional Info

The third installment of the hugely popular Euphonium Magic series. Join Steve for a cosmic ride through as many as 12 different multi-tracked parts!

Euphonium Virtuoso - Steven Mead

£13.00 - £6.90
Reference:  CDBM07
Stock:  In stock In stock


1. Harlequin - Philip Sparke........9.25
2. Concerto per Flicorno Basso - Amilcare Ponchielli Arr.Prof. Henry Howey..........13.37
3. The Playful Pachyderm - Gilbert Vinter Arr. Luc Vertommen.......6.42
    Euphonium Concerto - Joseph Horovitz
4. 1st movement - Moderato.......5.06
5. 2nd movement- Lento............6.54
6. 3rd movement - Con moto.....4.03
7. Pokarakare Ana - Paraire H.Tomoana Arr. Luc Vertommen.......4.06
8. Introduction and Tarantella - Pablo de Sarasate Arr. Luc Vertommen 5.38


Additional Info

When the great 19th century violinist Nicolo Paganini gave his awe-inspiring musical firework displays to astonished audiences there were those who wondered seriously if he had sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his phenomenal powers.


The modern euphonium has been with us for nearly 150 years. Plenty of time, you might think for its character to develop or even change. It is remarkable how composers and players seem to have grasped the basics of its musical nature. On the one hand it is the supremely 'well sounding' (euphonic) voice to support the singer's emotional revelations and on the other hand the euphonium's agility soon had it marked out together with the cornet as the virtuoso brass instrument 'par excellence'.

Even so, it is rare to find a modern performer who has so thoroughly mastered both sides of the euphonium's personality as Steven Mead. He sounds utterly at home in whatever he plays and his repertoire for this CD is huge and wide - ranging from original euphonium works (Joseph Horovitz , Amilcare Ponchielli, Philip Sparke) to virtuoso pieces originally written for the bassoon, the voice, the violin and cello.

CD - Euphony - Steven Mead accompanied by the RNCM Brass Band - conductor Howard Snell

£13.25 - £9.00
Reference:  CDPR13
Stock:  In stock In stock

Repertoire - now on special offer and autographed by Steven Mead.

One of Steve's most popular ever CDs, recorded with the RNCM Brass Band conducted by Howard Snell.

  1. Euphonium Concerto (Sparke)
  2. Carrickfergus (Trad.)
  3. Euphony (Redhead)
  4. Aubade (Sparke)
  5. Return to Sorrento (De Curtis)
  6. Euphonium Music (Bowen)
  7. Napoli (Bellstedt/Brand)
  8. Midnight Euphonium (Richards)
  9. The Better World (Bearcroft)

CD- Fireworks - The British Tuba Quartet

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR09
Stock:  In stock In stock


Back in stock, the fantastic BTQ with their final CD.

  1. Fanfare No. 1 - Taylor
  2. Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor - Nicolai/arr. Smith
  3. Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes/arr. Mead 
  4. Now Hear This! - Dempsey
  5. Overture: Distressed Innocence - Purcell/arr. Smalley
  6. Flander's Cauldron - Amos
  7. Overture: The Force of Destiny - Verdi/arr. Smalley
  8. Pigs - Ridout
  9. Westminster Intrada - Forsyth
  10. Kierkegaard - Kupferman
  11. Fireworks - Frith
  12. Petite Caprice - Rossini/arr. Davis
  13. Montagues and Capulets - Prokofiev/arr. Smalley
  14. Perpetuum Mobile - Strauss/arr. Smalley
  15. A Cool Suite - Smalley
  16. Bavarian Polka - Trad./arr. Schmidt


Four Concertos - Joseph Horovitz

£13.20 - £7.50
Reference:  CDDD01
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1948 rev.1956)
  2. Concerto for Euphonium and Chamber Orchestra (1972 rev.1976,1991)
    Con Moto
  3. Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (1949-50)
  4. Jazz Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion (1965)
    Slow Blues

Additional Info

Steve is featured in this first ever recording of the most famous euphonium concerto with a professional orchestra, conducted by the composer himself. As a celebration of the 80th birthday of this popular composer, EPOCH DUTTON recordings have released this fabulous new album featuring 4 concertos accompanied by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Joseph Horovitz.

As the only regularly contracted ballet orchestra in the UK, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia enjoys a full touring schedule, appearing with Birmingham Royal Ballet in its hometown, in London and around the UK and frequently with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera house, Covent Garden. The orchestra has appeared with many of the world's leading ballet companies including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, The Kirov.

Regarded by many, including the composer, as the definitive recording of the Horovitz Concerto. This is a special recording and one that will prove to have great historical significance in the years to come. If you love the Horovitz Euphonium Concerto you will also be delighted to hear three other great concerti by this timeless master of composition.

From the Deep - Tormod Flaten

£13.00 - £4.95
Reference:  CDBM09
Stock:  In stock In stock


1. Banjo and Fiddle (William Kroll arr. Rydland)
2. Tonerna (Visions) (Carl Sjöberg arr. Nikolaisen)
Euphonium Music (Brian Bowen)
3. I. Andante/Allegro
4. II. Andante con Espressivo
5. III. Moderato/Allegro Moderato
6. Andante Cantabile (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr Rüedi)
7. The Folks Along the Road (Gustav Øistensen Aaberg)
8. Cinema (Rodrigo Leão arr. Rydland)
9. Two Folk Tunes from Valdres (Norwegian Trad. arr. Rydland)
10. Song (in memoriam Bengt Eklund) (Frode Rydland)
11. Andante e Rondo Ungarese (Carl Maria von Weber arr. Antrobus)

Recording on the Bocchino label with the Leyland Band, Tormod Flaten one of the best euphonium players in Europe, produces a masterclass of control, technique and tone with several outstanding new arrangements and original compositions. Highly recommended !

From the Deep - Tormod Flaten

£13.00 - £4.95
Reference:  CDBM09
Stock:  In stock In stock


1. Banjo and Fiddle (William Kroll arr. Rydland)
2. Tonerna (Visions) (Carl Sjöberg arr. Nikolaisen)
Euphonium Music (Brian Bowen)
3. I. Andante/Allegro
4. II. Andante con Espressivo
5. III. Moderato/Allegro Moderato
6. Andante Cantabile (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr Rüedi)
7. The Folks Along the Road (Gustav Øistensen Aaberg)
8. Cinema (Rodrigo Leão arr. Rydland)
9. Two Folk Tunes from Valdres (Norwegian Trad. arr. Rydland)
10. Song (in memoriam Bengt Eklund) (Frode Rydland)
11. Andante e Rondo Ungarese (Carl Maria von Weber arr. Antrobus)

Recording on the Bocchino label with the Leyland Band, Tormod Flaten one of the best euphonium players in Europe, produces a masterclass of control, technique and tone with several outstanding new arrangements and original compositions. Highly recommended !

Gansch & Roses - Hot Feet Live

£13.00 - £12.50
Reference:  CDMB07
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. New Orleans
  2. Hot Feet
  3. Sad Day
  4. 3/4
  5. Die Blues ist immer gut
  6. Wolfgang macht den Laden dicht
  7. Hot Feet - Reprise

The amazing Thomas Gansch with his 'other' group, Gansch and Roses. You must hear this album. An another example of the man's sheer genius.

Great British Music - Vol.8 - Dreamscapes

£13.25 - £12.50
Reference:  CDPR18
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Dreamscapes ... Martin Ellerby
  2. Rail .... Wilfred Josephs
  3. Euphonium Concerto ... Martin Ellerby
  4. Mata Hari ... Nigel Clarke
  5. Meditations ... Martin Ellerby

Additional Info

The RNCM Wind Orchestra is widerly regarded as the finest wind orchestra in the UK today, receiving outstanding reviews for recordings and concerts. This CD features some of the most important wind band repertoire on the UK scene today, particularly important is the first studio recording of the Euphonium Concerto by Martin Ellerby.

Not only was this Euphonium Concerto commissioned by Steven but gave the first performance in its version with brass band, piano, symphony orchestra and wind orchestra. It is perhaps the most difficult concerto in the repertoire, totally unrelenting in its demands on the soloist throughout the entire 22.5 minutes duration. Conductor is James Gourlay, famous tuba soloist, also conducted the world premiere performance with Steven back in October 1995 in Switzerland.


Locomotion - A Tribute to my Childhood

£13.00 - £5.95
Reference:  CDBM04
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Locomotion ... Norman Bearcroft 8.00
  2. The Holy Well ... Peter Graham 3.53
  3. Slavische Fantasie ... Carl Höhne Arr.PeterGraham 6.01
  4. When he Cometh ...Howard Evans 4.53
  5. Variants on St. Francis ... David Chaulk
  6. There Will Be God ... Joy Webb Arr.Richard Phillips
  7. Banjo and Fiddle ... William Kroll Arr.Thomas Rüedi 3.31
  8. Deep Inside the Sacred Temple ... Bizet Arr. KeithWilkinson
  9. We'll All Shout Hallelujah ... Norman Audoire
  10. My Unchanging Friend ... Ivor Bosanko 6.55
  11. A Quiet Place (5 part multitrack recording, all S.Mead) ... Arr.Gail Robertson 2.52
  12. Journey into Peace ... William Himes 7.51


Additional Info

Steven Mead's CD, 'Locomotion' has been given a prestigious award at the 2006 International Tuba Euphonium Festival in Denver , Colorado. It won the inaugural 'BOBO Award' for recording excellence in the euphonium solo category, presented by the tuba legend Roger Bobo.

The Locomotion CD, subtitled 'A Tribute to my Childhood', is on Steve's own label, Bocchino Music. It was recorded in the spring of 2005 in his home town of Bournemouth with Boscombe Salvation Army Band, and Bandmaster Howard Evans.

Steve writes: "It was such a pleasure to make this recording. It had been on my mind for years to do it, as my days growing up in Bournemouth were such happy ones and the memories of playing with Boscombe never go away. To get this international award for the disc is tremendous and unexpected. I know the Band and Howard Evans will be delighted too."

Join Steve on a walk down memory lane with this breathtaking fusion of old classics and new arrangements!

Mead IN(N) Brass

£13.25 - £12.50
Reference:  CDWR01
Stock:  In stock In stock



  1. Farandole from Arlesienne Suite .... G. Bizet, arr. H. Gurtner
  2. Sir "EU" ... Thomas Doss
  3. Polovitzian Dance from Prince Igor ... A. Borodin, arr. H. Gurtner
  4. The Amazing Mr. Arban ... J.B. Arban, arr. E. Howarth / H. Gurtner
  5. Pie Jesu from the Requiem Mass ... G. Fauré. arr. H. Gurtner
  6. Adagio and Allegro ... R. Schumann, arr. H. Gurtner
  7. Slavonic Dance No. 8 ... A. Dovorak, arr. H. Gurtner
  8. Midnight Euphonium ... G. Richards, arr. S. Mead
  9. Endfang (Fanfare, Swing, Trauergalopp) ... P. Wesenauer
  10. Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair ... S. Foster, arr. R. Harvey


Additional Info

Steven is joined by Sound Inn Brass, a professional brass 12-piece from Upper Austria, under the baton of maestro Howard Snell in this spectacular recording of brand-new works for Euphonium and brass ensemble. Apart from the excellent arrangements by INN-Brass trombonist Herbert Gurtner, the CD contains 5 tracks for solo euphonium and brass ensemble, including the not-to-be-missed new piece composed for Steven and the INN-Brass: "Sir Eu" by Austrian composer Thomas Doss - "...possibly the most important new euphonium composition in 2002." - Steven Mead

Mnozil Brass - Almrausch CD

£13.00 - £7.25
Reference:  CDMB08
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Jagerner Jubelmarsch 2.57
  2. Die Wapplergavotte 3.07
  3. Leisewise 1.45
  4. Lagreiner Dunkelmarsch 2.55
  5. Angeluswalzer 3.34
  6. Seltsamerweise 1.19
  7. Mnoschil 4.43
  8. Dussère 7.01
  9. Halbweise 0.36
  10. Fingerwärmerpolka 2.50
  11. Unter'm Sturzhahn 1.38
  12. Hupfdibupf 1.58
  13. Sie stierische Dusche 2.12
  14. Wildkogelpolka 1.56
  15. Halbweise II 0.23
  16. Amadeenwalzer 1.52
  17. Halbweise III 0.27
  18. Harte Hasen 2.30
  19. Viertelweise 0.08
  20. Hopfen und Malser Weisenbläsermarsch 2.36
  21. Die Seltsame 1.57
  22. Achtelweise 0.05
  23. Connecting people 3.02
  24. Der Fetzenschädelgalopp 1.34
  25. Vollweise 0.39
  26. Mnozil 3.24

This CD was released in November 2009.  Mnozil in the studio, exploring brilliantly their cultural roots . Stunning playing.

Review by Iwan Fox, 4barsrest.comAlmrausch
A bit of flower power from Mnozil - as they take a trek over the Alps with some surreal yet beautiful results.

Mnozil Brass
Recordings: MNZO6
Total Playing Time: 62.30 mins

It's easy to forget that whilst Monzil Brass can delight you with their theatrics and humour in concerts performances, what you are actually listening to is a group of highly accomplished professional musicians playing at a level few other brass ensembles can match.

Lasting impression

The fun and games are great of course, but it's the playing that invariably leaves the more lasting impression on the mind.

That's not to say that even the aural experience can be a touch surreal at times too: especially with this, their latest highly inventive release.

Almrausch is a form of musical journey (although named after the Alpine Rose flower, seen on the CD cover) - obliquely a Wayfarer's memory trip from the nursery slopes of Mount Blanc to the local Mnozil pub, via the peaks and villages of the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps.


On their way the intrepid travellers rest their weary limbs by enjoying themselves playing arrangements of local folk songs, marches and waltzes, plus the occasional bit of musical whimsy in a style that somehow encompasses staggering ensemble playing with almost ‘Jeau san Frontier' silliness.

Almost that is.


The mental image is of lederhosen and funny felt hats, red faced Austrian farmers and busty serving wenches in local watering holes - yet at the same time the music is beautifully naive, rendered with an authentic bucolic sense of the folk tradition of the region.

The 27 individual tracks melt into each other like Spring time snow - some lasting as little as 5 seconds in duration, yet moving the musical journey forward by yet another significant step.


Stop offs come in the form of jaunty marches interwoven with playful waltzes, melancholic folk tunes, sturdy polkas, dances and odd ball diversions, the players taking turns to lead from the front like co-operative hikers.

The surreal sense of adventure is brought home at its conclusion - a breathless arrival at the door of the local pub is followed by a ruinous celebration and morning after hangover, which takes the form of a bleak, but grateful paean to composer Alban Berg.


In between we get all those mental images chucked into the Mnozil blender - from reflective musical panoramas to an almost 1970's 'Cinzano' advert inspired waltz, that starts somewhere in a mountain pass village and ends downtown in a jazz club in New Orleans.

Expect the unexpected with Mnozil and you will be left delighted with this authentically original release. Expect to try and understand the raison d'etre behind what they do - and you will be left wondering what on earth you have let yourself in for.

As for the image of the butcher's ‘joint cut' map of a cow and an archery board on the cover? You'll need a psychoanalyst to work them out.

Don't try - it may reduce your enjoyment of the playing.

Iwan Fox


£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR17
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  1. Pequena Czarda ... Pedro Iturralde Arr.Klaas van der Woude
  2. Aria ... Eugene Bozza Arr. Klaas van der Woude
  3. Euphonium Concerto ...Philip Wilby 
  4. Walter's Prize Song ... Wagner Arr. Maurice Bale
  5. Fantasia di Concerto ... Eduardo Boccalari Arr. John Meredith
  6. Mr. Euphonium ... Bertrand Moren
  7. The Lark in the Clear Air ... Trad . Arr. David Catherwood
  8. Introduction, Theme and Variations ... Rossini Arr. Brennan
  9. Oration ... Howard Snell

Rococo Variations - Steven Mead

£13.00 - £8.90
Reference:  CDBM14
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  1. Allegro Appassionato Op.43 ..C.Saint-Saens Arr. Luc Vertommen    3.38
  2. The Song of the Birds .. Trad Arr. Luc Vertommen        4.05
  3. Rococo Variations ..Tchaikovsky Arr. Thomas Ruedi     17.26                       
  4. Walking on Music .. Roger Deronge    6.09
  5. Vintage .. David Gillingham  Arr. Vernon Briggs   9.00
  6. Pilatus .. Goff Richards    7.05                               
  7. Canaans Land .. Peter Graham    9.14               
  8. The Last Sleep of the Virgin (Le dernier sommeil de la vierge) ..G. Massenet Arr. Luc Vertommen      4.13
  9. Carmen Fantasy .. G.Bizet Arr. Luc Vertommen    10.18

Total CD 73.57


Additional Info

Stunning lyrical playing allied to an audacious technique in great abundance on this new solo CD from Steve. With 5 brand new arrangements, this mainly classical CD shows off the sheer beauty and passion of the sound of the euphonium, no more so than in the title track, Rococo Variations, the cello masterpiece from Tchaikovsky skilfully arranged for euphonium and brass band by the Swiss euphonium master Thomas Ruedi. This incredible work sounds almost like an original work for euphonium in this quite immense performance. Three romantic, atmospheric slow works are also going to be highlights of this disc, two of which were unearthed by the famous Belgian conductor/arranger Luc Vertommen who provided much of the musical inspiration behind the award winning 'Euphonium Virtuoso' CD.

The incredible Carmen Fantasy in a brand new arrangement by Luc sees Steve's technique at its sparkling best in between the passionate operatic melodies. Gillingham's Vintage is a big favourite of many of todays euphonium soloists and this new setting with brass band is sure to spark great interest. Canaan's Land by Peter Graham is the other major work on the disc , written for Derick Kane (ISB) a few years ago . Steve was the dedicatee of Goff Richards beautiful work Pilatus (the awe-inspiring mountain sitting overlooking Lucerne) back in 1993 and this new recording sees the work given a fresh feel and the arching melodies are just perfect for the euphonium, in the hands of our soloist. Saint Saens' Allegro Appassionata, originally for cello is the curtain raiser on this feast of euphonium magic. This is a CD you'll definitely not want to be without!!

Listed in several magazines on the shortlist for Solo CD of the Year 2009.

Brass Band World review January 2010:


"Any new Steven Mead CD excites high expectations and this latest doesn’t disappoint.

Drawing heavily on classical repertoire with a little help from the arranging skills of Luc Vertommen, the transcriptions are thoughtfully interspersed and there are several original pieces from the pens of Goff Richards and Peter Graham, amongst others.  The choice of music places as much emphasis on the lyrical qualities of the instrument as it does on the stunning virtuosity of the soloist – all to compelling effect.

It’s not simply  the technique that impresses, however.  In the case of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Saint-Saens’ Allegro Appassionato, both mainstays of the cello repertoire, it is Steven Mead’s stylistic affinity with the music that it marks the playing out as truly special, whilst in Roger Derongé’s Walking on Music and Goff Richards’ Pilatus, the control and phrasing of the lyrical lines is a joy to behold.

For pyrotechnics, though, Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy steals the show with playing from the soloist that, at times, almost beggars belief.

Although the acoustic is a touch and brittle, Andy Duncan and Whitburn band provide carefully judged accompaniment.

To quote the title of the David Gillingham piece, performed with such elegance, Steven Mead proves again that his is artistry and musicianship of a rare ‘vintage’.  It all makes for a disc not to be missed.

Christopher Thomas."

Brass band World magazine issue 190, December January 2010

CD -Strike Up The Band - Steven Mead, Hans Gansch and Sound Inn Brass (Austria)

£13.00 - £12.00
Reference:  CDBM12
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1. Spain** .. Chick Corea Arr Peter Meechan
2. A Night in Tunisia .. Dizzy Gillespie Arr Joachim Refardt
3. Chess ** *- Medley from the Musical .. Ulvaeus/Andersson, Arr Hubert Gurtner
4. Children of Sanchez .. Chuck Mangione, Arr Johannes Baer
5. Ballade for Alicia** .. Johannes Baer
6. Strike up the Band .. George & Ira Gershwin, Arr Joachim Refardt
7. Send in the Clowns* .. Steven Sondheim, Arr Roger Harvey
8. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy** .. Joe Zawinul, Arr Peter Meechan
9. I Got Rhythm .. George Gershwin, Arr.Roger Harvey
10. Sardan .. Johannes Baer
11. Chameleon** .. Maynard Ferguson,Arr Peter Meechan
12. Little Jazz Waltz #.. Bob Seibert
13. Carioca** .. Vincent Youmans, Arr Colin Randle/Hubert Gurtner
14. La Fiesta .. Chick Corea, Arr Roberto Di Marino

*Hans Gansch - Solo cornet
**Steven Mead - Solo euphonium
# Euphonium quartet and drums


Additional Info

Steven Mead's third recording with the spectacular Sound Inn Brass from Austria, this time with Steven featured as conductor and soloist. Special guest Hans Gansch, cornet, complements this breathtaking collection of music in big band style, with red hot trumpet playing, improvisations, and stunning solos from this popular 12 piece Austrian professional brass ensemble.

This CD has sold extremely well and continues to reach new audiences. It has opened many doors for this great professional brass ensemble, based in Upper Austria. The best album for the car !!! Great fun, you'll listen to this many times over.

A chance to hear the euphonium in a jazz/big band situation and a new genre that Steve is exploring.

Symphonic Variants

Reference:  CDDH01
Stock:  In stock In stock


1. Raise of the Sun (Galante)

2. Rhapsody for Euphonium (Curnow)

3. Spirit of Independence (van der Roost)

4. Concerto for Euphonium (Curnow)

5. To Fly Without Wings (Curnow)

6. Symphonic Variants for Euphonium (Curnow)

The Essential Steven Mead

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR16
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Home on the Range (Leidzen)
  2. O My Beloved Father (Puccini/Smith)
  3. Varied Mood (Woodfield)
  4. Kol Nidrei (Bruch/Gay)
  5. Carnival of Venice (Remmington)
  6. Peace (Golland)
  7. Variations (A.L.Webber/Graham)
  8. Grandfathers Clock (Doughty)
  9. Variations on Annie Laurie (Heaton)
  10. Serenade (Schubert/Wilkinson)
  11. Serenade from Les Millions D'Arlequin (Drigo)
  12. Drink to Me Only (Snell)

The Mighty Voice

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR12
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Sinfonietta No. 2 (Sparke)
  2. Old English Suite (Short)
  3. Pantomime (Sparke)*
  4. Delta Dances (Platts)
  5. Mountain Song (Sparke)
  6. The Mighty Voice (Patterson)
Steven Mead - soloist

CD Tribute - Steven Mead and the Michigan State Wind Orchestra cond. Kenneth G. Bloomquist

£13.25 - £10.00
Reference:  CDPR11
Stock:  In stock In stock

This wonderful CD is now exactly 30 years old, and we hope that you enjoy this incredible music and outstanding performance.


  1. Original Fantasie (Picchi/Mantia)
  2. Night in June (King)
  3. From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific (Clarke)
  4. Rhapsody (Curnow)
  5. Beautiful Colorado (DeLuca/Roberts)
  6. Concertino No.1 in Bb (Klengel/Falcone)
  7. Fantasia di Concerto (Boccalari/Kent-Akers)
  8. Estrellita (Ponce/Lake)
  9. Atlantic Zephyrs (Simons)
  10. Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms (Mantia/Brasch/Maldonado)
  11. Flower Song from Carmen (Bizet/Harding)
  12. Auld Lang Syne (Mantia)

30 years of memories!

from Steven Mead

I have so many great memories of the Tribute CD. It was one of my very first collaborations with the Polyphonic company, with sound engineer Mike Moore and producer Philip Sparke. It was also one of my very first ever visit to the United States where the Brass Band of Battle Creek was in its infancy, and my friendship with brothers Jim and Bill Gray was quickly solidifying. It was just one year earlier when we discussed the possibility of me making a recording with the Michigan State University Wind Orchestra. The subject of Leonard Falcone was ever-present in our minds as I had been connected with the Falcone festival for the past two summers there. We wanted to find some music that Leonard used to perform, and we nominated some of his favourite solos. We decided also we would honour the legacy of the late great Simone Mantia and these two eminent gentlemen became the dedicatees of this Tribute album.

We managed to assemble all the music, with sincere thanks to the library at Michigan State and with the help of many others. The recording week was quite joyous, but really quite unusual at the same time. Recordings could only start at 10 pm on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of the recordings as many of the young musicians were involved in an opera production at the University. And so the band assembled around 10 pm each night and we worked until around 1:30 am. Then we went out to eat at the local Denny’s restaurant each night, getting to bed around 3 am. There were also some school clinics taking place at that time so the mornings for me were not free. As we finished our final recording session we then had to prepare for the rehearsals and concert to be given by the Brass Band of Battle Creek. From there we went onto the ITEC, my first one, in Lexington Kentucky! It was an immensely demanding but thoroughly enjoyable week, and looking back on this now with great fondness, working with friends and colleagues and with this beautiful and quite memorable music. Sadly we lost the conductor Kenneth G. Bloomquist last year, but I’ll be forever grateful for his patience, good humour and it was a great pleasure to witness the fantastic camaraderie between him and his young band. Thirty years have passed since this recording and listening to it again now, it comes back fresh. The passion and the energy is almost surprising not to mention some of the quick tempos!!

And to the photo on the front cover of the CD: it was suggested that we try to find an old uniform from the Michigan State marching band, and the one that they had in the museum there almost fitted me. Fortunately the photograph only goes down to the knees as the length of these trousers was around 10 in inches longer than my legs!!

It’s cemented forever my connection with Michigan, with the University, and all those associated with the recording. I hope you all enjoy listening to it!


Each copy of the CD sold now from April 21 onwards will be autographed by Steven Mead.

Virtuoso Music for Brass - Complete works for euphonium (Jules Demersseman)

£13.00 - £4.00
Reference:  CDBM15
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Premier Solo
  2. Premier Solo de Concert
  3. Deuxieme Solo de Concert
  4. Cavatine Op.38
  5. Cavatina
  6. Introduction et Polonaise Op.30
  7. Grande Fantasie Dramatique
  8. Grande Fantaisie sur ‘Don Juan' de Mozart
  9. Fantaisie sur ‘Le Desir' de Beethoven
  10. Introduction et Variations sur le ‘Carnival de Venise'
  11. Grand Duo sur les motifs de Guillaume Tell (Grand duet on themes from William Tell) ~ both parts played by Steven Mead


Additional Information

Thanks to Luc Vertommen for the inspiration behind this remarkable CD. The music of Jules Demersseman is certainly unknown to brass players at present. But this recording of his 'lost' works for the now extinct six valve trombone, a creation of the instrument maker Adolphe Sax in the early 19th century, is sure to put his music into the minds of brass players now. It is wonderfully inventive and spontaneous music which tests the ability of even today's players. How these virtuoso pieces were played on the trombone with 6 independent valves we just don't know, it seems too remarkable for words!! Enjoy this latest CD recording by Steven Mead and the brilliant accompanist Tomoko Sawano.

Jules (Auguste Edouard) Demersseman (1833-1866) was in his time a remarkable flautist and meritorious composer. Historically the most important works he composed were those for the new trombone with six independent valves developed by Adolphe Sax.

The works that Demersseman wrote for this new instrument could be easily subdivided into two main categories : the typical exam-pieces (Volume 1) and the themes and variations usually based on well known operatical themes (Volume 2). Both the typical ‘Solo de Concert' (the exam-pieces used at the Paris Conservatory) and the themes and variations breathe the Parisian musical taste of that era and the influence of romantism and salon music. They focus on the many technical difficulties and virtuoso effects a student should master and the emotional expression. This new and first complete edition for euphonium and piano was mainly based on the original 1865 editions published by Adolphe Sax himself and are suited perfectly for the modern day euphonium players.

World of the Euphonium, Vol. 1

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR01
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Sonata in F - Marcello/arr. Mead
  2. Partita Op. 89 - Butterworth
  3. Vocalise - Rachmaninov
  4. Soliloquy IX - Wiggins
  5. Fantasy for Euphonium - Hoshina
  6. Variations for Ophicleide - Kummer
  7. Sonata Euphonica - Hartley
  8. Après un Rêve - Fauré
  9. Weber's Last Waltz - Rimmer
  10. Heart in Heart - Bosanko
  11. Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman - Offenbach
  12. A New Carnival of Venice - Stevens

World of the Euphonium, Vol. 2

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR02
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. Concerto Gallop - Wilby
  2. Solo de Concurso - Yuste
  3. Fantasia - Jacobs
  4. The Swan - Saint-Saens/arr. Mead
  5. Fantasie Concertante - Castérède
  6. Song for Ina - Sparke
  7. Ransomed - Marshall
  8. Libesfreude - Kreisler
  9. Largo Elegaico from Concerto No. 2 - Golland
  10. Panache - Dewhurst
  11. Two Fauré Duets - Fauré/arr. Mead
  12. Ball of Fire - Smalley
  13. Hora Staccato - Dinicu/arr. Heifitz

World of the Euphonium, Vol. 3

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR03
Stock:  In stock In stock


  1. The Song of the Brother - Leidzen
  2. Flight - Wilby
  3. Romance - Elgar/arr. Wilson
  4. Party Piece - Sparke
  5. Song of the Seashore - Narita/arr. Kanai
  6. Fantasy Variations - Ito
  7. Sonata for Euphonium - Roper
  8. Im Tiefsten Walde - Schmid/arr. Bacon
  9. When You Wish Upon a Star - Harline/arr. Kanai
  10. Notturno - Rimsky-Korsakov/arr. Mead
  11. Concerto per Flicorno Basso- Ponchielli/arr. Hower

World of the Euphonium, Vol. 4

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR04
Stock:  In stock In stock



  1. Euphonium Concertos - Vladimir Cosma
  2. Cantabile - Paginini/arr. Richards
  3. Fever Fantasy - Nielsen
  4. Café 1930 - Astor Piazolla/arr. Mead
  5. Sonata for Euphonium - John Reeman
  6. By Gaslight - Tadeusz Kassatti
  7. Birthday Tribute - Sparke
  8. Es ist eine Rose entsprungen - Brahms/arr. Gotoh
  9. Pearls - Roland Szentpali
  10. Vissi D'Arte - Puccini/arr. Steven Mead
  11. Herbmaiden's Dance - Hugo Alven/arr. Olsrud



Additional Info


The fourth installment of the World of the Euphonium series. Jam-packed with material - you can't find a better representation of contemporary euphonium repertoire! Be sure to check out the other four volumes of the World of the Euphonium series.

World of the Euphonium, Vol. 5

£13.25 - £10.50
Reference:  CDPR05
Stock:  In stock In stock


1. Fantasy ... Hummel/Wilby (Winwood Music) 6.43

2-4. Euphonium Concerto Nr.2 ... Philip Sparke (Anglo Music Press)

2. 1st mov. Giocoso 4.26
3. 2nd Mov. Adagio 8.00
4. 3rd Mov. Molto Vivo 4.10

5. Prelude ... Ito (Studio Music) 4.04

6-9. Four Bagatelles ... Howard Snell (Rakeway Music)

6. Refrains and Choruses 2.16
7. Ballad 3.04
8. Improvisation 2.26
9. Galop 1.26

10. Absolute Reality ... Pete Meechan (Nordic Sounds) 5.18
11. Concert Piece Nr.1 ... Joseph Turrin (Manu) 6.16
12. Lokk from the Green Island ... T.A.Nilsen (Nordic Sounds)2.26
13. 4 Euphoniums for You (Four Euphoniums and Harp) ... Yasuhide Ito (Studio Music) 5.15

14-20. A La Suite Classique ... Yasuhide Ito (Studio Music)

14. Prélude 1.49
15. Allemande en forme de Tango 2.48
16. Sarabande en forme de Chaconne 2.25
17. Interlude l'imitation de Mr.L.Couperin 1.22
18. Gavotte en forme de Habanera 1.14
19. Menuet en forme de Musette (piano solo) 1.35
20. Gigue en forme de Zapateado 1.43

21. Dream Nocturne ... Howard Snell (Rakeway Music) 5.24
22. Danse Du Diable Vert (Dance of the Green Devil) ... Gaspar Cassadó Arr.Thomas Ruedi adapted by Roy Newsome (Obrasso) 4.08


Additional Info

As with the other albums in the series the new World of the Euphonium Vol.5 features Steve with piano accompaniment, but this time with a few surprises ! This highly versatile collection of mostly original euphonium repertoire presents a large number of new works as well as some premiere performances on this recording. The addition of harp in the Ito quartet, with Steve playing all four euphonium parts, is sure to be of interest, as is the new Euphonium Concerto No.2 by Philip Sparke, the A La Suite Classique (Ito) and the brand new Dream Nocturne (Snell). In all 79 minutes of great music and great playing, aided by the talented Japanese virtuoso pianist Tomoko Sawano.

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