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Blaze Concert featuring new music from Iain Ballamy

by Administrator 20. September 2011 15:26


Saxophonist Edward Leaker will be performing with his ground breaking classical crossover group ‘Blaze’ at The Bishops Palace, Wells on 16th October 2011. The group, consisting of soprano saxophone and string quartet, draws influences from classical, popular, jazz and world music and has been hailed by the media as “..serene and instantly appealing.”

The group have recently been awarded funding from ‘PRS for Music Foundation’ to commission a new piece by internationally acclaimed composer and saxophonist Iain Ballamy. The new piece will receive its world premiere at the concert and will be the first date in a national tour.

'Blaze' features the following young professional musicians, all music college graduates and respected performers in their own right:
Edward Leaker - Saxophones
Lucy-Anne Allen - Violin
Naomi Rump - Violin
Iona Hassan - Viola
Alison Gillies - Cello

This will be an exciting concert featuring the saxophone in a unique setting. Please come along and support quality live music.

"Blaze blurs the boundaries between classical and jazz sensibilities to create genuinely contemporary music...”
(Quote from Iain Ballamy)

Tickets are priced at £12 adults / £10 concessions and are available in advance from:
Edward Leaker on 07773 350973 OR visit to buy online.

One of a kind euphonium on display at Cheltenham this weekend

by Administrator 20. September 2011 15:04

John Packer Ltd will be attending the Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham this weekend with some fantastic new products on display, including a unique ‘White Rose’ euphonium handmade by Paul Riggett of Sterling Musical Instruments.

John Packer Ltd has established a reputation  for innovation, following collaborations with Dr Richard Smith of Smith-Watkins, Michael Rath Trombones and Sterling Musical Instruments  These three highly successful partnerships have been significant to the brass market, with many professional players and teachers turning to the JP range for their high performance at a moderate price.

Instruments from the new line of JPSterling lower brass instruments will be available to try out at the John Packer exhibition stand, along with instruments designed by JPRath and the famous modular Rath trombones, JPSmith-Watkins and the professional range of Smith-Watkins instruments. A large selection of accessories will also be available. 

Feel free to come along and see our friendly staff, who can help with any musical enquiry – beginner, professional, or school queries welcome.

If you would like us to take anything in particular from our shop we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact or call 01823 282386 to arrange beforehand.

Look forward to seeing lots of customers there!

Flute Day Hosted by Internationally Renowned Flautist

by Administrator 5. September 2011 16:03

JOHN Packer Ltd and 4Flutes annual flute event will feature world renown flautist Paul Edmund Davies this Autumn.

Taking place on October 23rd at Plymouth University, Devon, from 10am-4.30pm the flute day is open to players of all ages and abilities.
Guest star, Paul is an astonishing player of great virtuosity and his reputation is at the highest level around the world, established as a flautist and soloist in the twenty years that he was principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, performing under the baton of many leading conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano and Andre Previn. He has performed on more than 50 film soundtracks, including classics such as Star Wars & Harry Potter. He is also Professor of Flute at the Royal College of Music.The flute day promises to be an exciting opportunity to listen and learn from one of the greats. Paul will even perform on the day in a final informal concert at 4pm.

4Flutes aims to bring opportunities to the southwest that are both affordable and accessible to pupils, parents and in general lovers of live music.

All places need to be booked in advance. Tickets cost £25 per person. For an application form or more details please see or contact: Ruth Ballantyne or Mike Nottage on: 01752 844017/ 07779 063948.

For more information about Paul Edmund Davies you can visit his website by clicking here.