Based in Castleton on the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors a group of musicians, Andrew Dyer, Barbara Anderson and Dave Chapman have formed Upper Esk Music Projects with the intention of publishing the many compositions, arrangements and musical productions which they have created over the years.
The publications span music for solo piano, instrumental ensembles and choirs, recorder groups and classroom music, incidental music for plays and fairy tales, musicals and instrumental tutors.
Classical music, folk music and jazz are all to be found in the group's repertoire.
In addition to establishing personal musical projects they are able to prepare and or publish your projects subject to acceptance.
Upper Esk Musical projects thus provides an opportunity for compositions and arrangements to reach a wider audience than that for which they were originally written, in the belief that there are just too many that are simply gathering dust on people’s shelves.
They also offer assistance to those who wish to obtain music pieces and arrangements suitable for personal or educational use.
UEMP is pleased to feature the compositions of other musicians.
Dan Maslen was born and raised in South West England where he attended Wynstones Rudolf Steiner School.
He was born into a musical family, and went on to study composition with Finn Mortensen in Oslo and Eurythmy with Else Klink in Stuttgart.
Dan teaches in a Rudolf Steiner School and during the long summers in Austria finds time for composition.
He is especially interested in writing for Eurythmy which he has done for various Stage Groups around the world.
Dan can be contacted at email@example.com
Soleira Wennekes was born into a long line of musicians. Her father, Christof Andreas Lindenberg, is an internationally acclaimed musician and composer in the Camphill movement.
"To me music is a survival tool for life’s many challenges, and is the great ice-breaker between many a relationship, bringing healing socially, and expression for and working with spiritual striving, reaching for the heights to understand the depths.
Where I live at the moment, in Botton Village where I am a Camphill co-worker, there is always more music needed, and we do a lot of singing, also with those with special needs. So there is plenty of opportunity and need and wish to work in this social realm, bringing people together to create harmony!"
These sentiments shine through in all her music, and can be felt in the four volumes already published by Upper Esk Music, one instrumental and three vocal and choral music. These represent only a part of Soleira's output, and more are to follow.
Jonathan Reid grew up with traditional folk music, with his musical ear first attuned to its modes rather than the conventional major and minor scales. His father Colin was an unassuming but influential figure at a time of renewed interest in folk music – the late 60s and 70s – and Jonathan was in the pubs and clubs of north Cumberland listening, and from the age of 16, singing. By the time he left for University, Jonathan, with his elder sister and parents were quite a well known act on the folk circuit, singing four part unaccompanied arrangements of traditional songs.
Jonathan went to live and work at the Camphill community at Botton Village in 1980 where, apart from a brief interlude, he has lived ever since. Here, the celebration of the Christian festivals is very important, and this creates many opportunities to make music. Nearly all his formal compositions have arisen in response to the wish to celebrate these festivals, frequently arising from a perceived need for a specific song. The are highly user-friendly as they are generally in units of no more than 12 bars; yet they have a special quality and depth which communicates itself to anyone singing or hearing them.