Composers Corner - Martin Yates

Martin has written music for all occasions including commissions for National Brass Band Championships, music for Symphony hall Birmingham, many bands and Orchestras as well as solo work not to mention music for the BBC Big Band Competition! Martin is an active composer and trombone player, playing in big bands, symphony orchestras and small ensembles.

More recently Martin has had one of his pieces added to the ABRSM Clarinet Syllabus and published a 'Learn to Play' book for the pBuzz which is very popular.

We put some questions to Martin to find out more about the man behind the music...

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration? A: Glen Miller & the players on Tutties Trombones

Q: Which musician, past or present, would you most like to meet? A: Pat Williams, George Chisholm, Urbie Green

Q: Where is the most unusual place that you have performed? A: Playing my fanfare to open Pershore Mid-Summer Brass for each point of the compass. At Pershore Abbey

Q: What is your favourite meal? A: Breakfast and Toast

Q: What hobbies do you have, other than music? A: Boats and Writing

Q: What’s one thing could you not live without? A: Music, toast

Q: What is your favourite piece of music to play? A: Take the ‘A’ Train

Q: How old were you when you first started playing an instrument? A: 7 years old

Q: If you didn’t have a career in music, what would you be doing now? A: Something creative in business

Q: If there’s one thing you could tell yourself when you were growing up, what would it be? A: Remember to enjoy every minute of each day,

Q: What’s your favourite joke? A: Two caterpillars on a leaf watching as a chrysalis opens. The shell splits revealing the beautiful wings of a butterfly ‘Wow, look at that!’ Said one of the caterpillars. The wings begin to open as spectacular colours glisten in the sun-light. Without warning the butterfly flapped it’s wings and took off! As the butterfly was flying into the distance, The second caterpillar looks up saying. ‘Forget it! You’d never get me up in one of those.’

Find all of Martin's music here

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