Hello Ian,Well Ian, your kindness was appreciated. The piece is beautiful and really works with the Band. Thank you!
Thanks very much for your message. It was so good to hear from you. I'm glad you and your band - and your listeners - enjoyed my Coventry Carol arrangement.
I've received many similar e-mails from bands all from over the world who downloaded and played it this Christmas. 62 bands downloaded it and I sent 20 more sets to friends in the band world. Although not all of them have contacted me I do know it has been played from Adelaide to Vancouver including bands from all over Europe, North America, New Zealand and Cape Town. And now the list includes Scotland!
I haven't made any money with it - that wasn't the point - but it has created a tremendous amount of goodwill - which was. It was for Christmas above all. My hope is it was "for the right reasons".../
/...I had a serious illness in 2001 that required several operations but thankfully I'm now almost completely recovered. I had to give up both conducting and playing. A blessing that came from that was that I had lots of time to devote to composing and arranging, and now teaching as well.../
/...So, as you can see, I've been blessed with a wonderful life in music and now I feel I should put something back. The Coventry Carol was part of that.../
Monday, January 16, 2006
The Coventry Carol
Olly plays in our Salvation Army band in Bellshill under the expert guidance of our good friend Ian Dickie. The band runs a website: www.bsab.co.uk and before Christmas a visitor to the website gave the band a tremendous gift - a new arrangement of the Coventry Carol. Until recently, we didn't know much about the person who gave this special gift, but Ian passed on an email from him that gives a bit of background to the gift: