Uk Music Productions

Uk Music Productions

A Brief History …

Uk Music Productions are based in Blackpool, well known and acknowledged as the 'Entertainment Capital' of Great Britain. The company, under the guidance of Greg Francis, have for many years provided entertainment and orchestra to major theatres and event organisers.

They have an enviable reputation for supplying just the right type of entertainment to match the customer's requirements.

In 2006, it was proposed to close the North Pier Theatre in Blackpool. Seeing this as an atrocity, director Greg Francis offered to provide musical variety shows at the theatre – at his own risk ! The shows he presented (The Kings of Swing and Legends of  Las Vegas) proved to be so successful, that the North Pier Theatre remains open to this day – 5 years on !

The company was started over 20 years ago by music orchestrator/conductor Greg Francis. The aims of the company have since become simply to provide the opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills playing big band and orchestral music.

If you decide to book one of our bands, orchestras or shows, you can expect a level of service which you would not normally experience in the music business these days. We will provide you with publicity (photos, posters, flyers etc.,) advice if you need it, and you can rest assured that every event will be supervised and performed in a totally professional manner.

Please do not hesitate to contact us whatever your requirements. We have almost 50 years of experience in the music and entertainment business.

Greg Francis - Conductor / Composer


Greg Francis

"The story so far…"

Greg was born in Cambridge on 6th January 1947. His father was a professional trumpet player and had played with the rising stars of the Cambridge music scene in the late 1940's ..Jack Parnell, Tony Osborne, Ken Thorne (film orchestrator and composer Superman etc). Greg was thus broughtup on the big bands and orchestras of the day. His 'hero' at the age of 7 or 8 was Frank Chacksfield,and this style of music left a deep impression on his later musical tastes.

Originally, he learned to play trumpet, but this was to be abandoned at the age of 21, after his father died following a long illness, and he set out to learn keyboards, with the sole intention of learning orchestration. He was self taught in this art, and says he is happily still learning...

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Sponsorship


The National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain conducts search for sponsors who would play their part

The National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain was formed with two specific remits: (a)to provide valuable work opportunities for graduate music students; and (b) to perform music repertoire which is commercially feasible and desirable.

The orchestra itself is basically fixed at thirty musicians and is expanded to forty-five musicians on occasion. The repertoire performed ranges from 'Popular Classical' to 'Light Popular' and a variety of concert performances, not limited to its recent Bat - the Symphony tour (the music of Meatloaf), Abba - the Symphony, A Festival for Christmas, which features the widest range of popular classical and Easy Listening.

The concert performances also include The Last Night of the Proms, which is given a more 21st Century approach (as were the highly successful BBC Proms 2007 with Michael Ball), The Vienna Proms, which are appreciated by a wider public than most orchestras realise and A Festival of Film, which plays the most popular film music from the American Billboard Top 100.

In 2008, the orchestra was the only professional British orchestra to perform a concert of music to celebrate the centenary of composer Leroy Anderson (Sleigh Ride, The Typewriter, Belle of the Ball, Blue Tango and twenty more very popular tunes) whilst in America and Scandinavia - almost every orchestra performed a concert of his music!

The sponsorship opportunity is for a person or persons, with a genuine interest in a wide genre of orchestral music, to participate in the development of the orchestra, its players (who are mostly in their early twenties) and in overseeing the presentation to a wider public of music repertoire other than the heavy classics.

"As Musical Director and Conductor of the orchestra", says Greg Francis, "my own experience has been in writing orchestrations and conducting some of the well known orchestras, including five years with various of the BBC (light) orchestras in the 1980s and the German Radio Orchestras (NDR and HR Frankfurt)."

"I have most recently orchestrated for and conducted two programmes of popular music for the RLPO (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) which have been extremely popular with the wider public."

"To sponsor one concert of any of the above music programmes would require an input of up to, but not exceeding, £5,700.00, to guarantee against any unexpected losses. We do not require sponsorship to purchase instruments or music parts. The orchestra has forward bookings for 2010 and into 2011".

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National Concert Orchestra

The National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain, was formed by its musical director Greg Francis approximately 2 years ago. At its inception, a conscious decision was made to make it the orchestra’s remit, to perform a wide variety of ‘Light Popular Music’. There has been a recent resurgence of interest in this genre of music worldwide and so, it appeared that there was a gap in the orchestra world, with an audience which was largely, being ignored.

Greg himself, was one of the major exponents of bringing popular music of the day, to the BBC Radio Orchestras in the early 1980’s. He also explored the potential of the larger concert orchestras, such as the Hannover Symphony Orchestra in West Germany, and the possibilities of orchestras such as these, to play music of a lighter genre, including film music.

In turning the age of 60, he decided that it was perhaps time to put thoughts into action and so, the orchestra was duly formed. Given Greg’s extensive knowledge of the best musicians around, he approached what he described as ‘Rock’n Roll’ players from the major orchestras. A great many of the musicians in the orchestra are former members of the Halle Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Leader of the Orchestra is Baz Barker, who Greg says is ‘the most highly experienced player of music in all styles, I have ever met’.

For more information on the National Concert Orcestra visit the official site

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Associates

Over many years Uk Music Productions has built up good relationships with many other companies working in the area of high end productions.