Never one to let the grass grow, David has reached back into his musical career and branched out in yet another direction. Have you ever noticed, in church, how high the hymns are? His latest publication is "Practical Praise", a collection of fifty traditional hymns in keys ordinary people can actually manage. It's printed in a generous A4 format for easy reading on the music stand, and should make everyday worship in church or school a more pleasant experience.
As one reviewer has already said, 'What a Godsend, in every sense of the word! Our congregation has found their worship enlivened by this sensible book, and far more enjoyable!' - Suffolk Churchman
It is published by The Choirmaster Press and you can buy it from Amazon.
"HOW TO OWN A STEAM ENGINE"
In 2009 a group of gentlemen, most of them retired and of mature years, bought a derelict steam locomotive. It was in bits, and they
spent the next ten years restoring it to working order. This slim volume is an entertaining account of their adventures, the disasters that befell them, the mistakes they made,
and the difficulties they encountered before finally achieving their goal - a powerful, working steam engine that
runs and can haul heavy trains full of delighted passengers!
Well illustrated and full of interesting anecdotes and clear technical explanations, this little book is a must for budding engineers and anyone who has a love of railways and is curious to know how they work.
"An excellent read. Loved this book. I have been a steam enthusiast for many years and seldom do you find a book on the subject that's both informative AND enjoyable. All too often you find writers who clearly know their stuff but their writings read like a poorly-translated instruction booklet for a German-brand washing machine. This book, however, provides a refreshingly honest account of a small troop's foray into the world of loco restoration and the joys and pitfalls they encountered along the way, written in an accessible manner. It also answered a few questions I had that I simply haven't been able to find answers to elsewhere. A real gem for those considering embarking on such an adventure and even those, like myself, who just wish they could" - PJB
Buy it from Amazon.
"TRAINING YOUR YOUNG CHOIR"
Before becoming a novelist David Bramhall had a long career in music, as a teacher, conductor, composer, arranger and adjudicator. He directed several outstanding choirs including the remarkable Harmony Girls' Choir, and the Suffolk Jubilee Choir, a children's choir that at its first competition took second place in the National Choir Contest at Peterborough, beating all but one of the adult choirs!
His book "Training Your Young Choir" sets out his methods - some of them quite unusual - with many musical illustrations and suggestions. Published by The Choirmaster Press, it has sold steadily all over the world and is available from Amazon.
"I've been running a school choir for several years, and found this book by chance. Never before has anyone explained to me the "tricks of the trade" that a choirmaster can use to achieve the highest standards with ordinary kids. A complete revelation. I keep it by my bed and read it every night. It's even quite funny in parts!" - 'Tyro'
"A complete revelation. I had never realised just how much detail it was possible to tackle when training childrens choirs. The little recorded excerpts on the choirmaster.co.uk website show that this author really does know how to produce the most stunning singing from young people. The book is not the easiest read, and takes some concentration, but my goodness theres such a lot to learn!" - Adie Parker
"COMPOSING IN THE CLASSROOM"
In two volumes ("Opus 1" and "Opus 2"), this classroom textbook was written thirty years ago but the entertaining and varied topics to introduce secondary school children to the art of musical composition remain fresh and useful. Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music, they have sold all over the world, are recommended by the Canadian government and, rumour has it, have even been translated into Greek! They can be found on Amazon but it might be cheaper to go direct to the publisher's website here.