Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert

Silver Bilton Brass Band Nadine Platt Photography

If you have a child of early school age, who wants to learn to play a brass instrument where would you go to help him or her with their request?

If you live in the Rugby area, then the best solution would be to join a “MINI BRASS” for beginners and start your journey towards maybe becoming a professional musician. This group is a part of a community project, which helps children to acquire good musical taste and practical skills to play a brass instrument. You won’t have to pay for membership or instruments either – all this will be provided for your child free of charge.


While progressing with musical skills, your son or daughter will be transferred from “MINI BRASS’ to the “Training Band” for the next level, followed by joining the Evolution Band to be eventually invited to join Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band, which consists of very experienced players.


I felt privileged and fortunate to take photographs of this special concert, which took place in St. George’s Church in Rugby, in December last year. This was a pre-Christmas event, where three brass bands were performing classical and modern musical compositions. The modern architecture of the Church produces good acoustics and helps to accommodate a large audience.


St. George’s Church in Rugby Nadine Platt Photography

Children playing in both Brass bands truly enjoyed their performance.

They were definitely going through the learning curve, honing their instruments, being widely encouraged and “vigorously” supported by their admiring parents.


Bilton Silver Training Band


The bands were skilfully conducted by Diane Fisher (who is the Musical Director of both Bilton Silver Mini Brass and Bilton Silver Training Band and also a Repiano Cornet player with the Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band and her son Jack Fisher (Silver Bilton Brass Band).


Silver Bilton Brass Band Jack Fisher


Talented 18 years old Jack Fisher received the Bandperson of the Year 2015 award for his outstanding contribution to the Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band. He was the youngest recipient in the 35 year history of the award. Since then he has performed with the Band in different venues across the country, including the Royal Albert Hall. Later he became a Musical Director of Bilton Silver Evolution Band, followed by a position of the Band Master of Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band. His sister Jodie also contributed to the event, playing different instruments and helping with managerial duties.


The program included:

  • Improvisation No. 5 – Bryan Kelly, arranged by David Stowell

  • Hallelujiah (Jimmy Scanlon, Flugelhorn Solo) – Leonard Cohen, arranged by Alan Fernie

  • Do You Hear What I Hear – Nöel Regney, arranged by David Stowell

  • Gesu Bambino – World Premiére by Judith Hayes

  • Kingdom Triumphant – Eric Ball

  • Christmas Jig – David Stowell

The soloists were William Thomson, the Principle Cornet of Bilton Silver Evolution Band and Jimmy Scanlon, Flugel Horn of Bilton Silver Evolution Band. The Principle Cornet of Bilton Silver Training Band is Ben Murray although he wasn’t featured as a soloist on this occasion.


Silver Bilton Band Soloist Nadine Platt Photography



Silver Bilton Brass Band soloist

Silver Bilton (Rugby) Brass Band is one of the oldest music bands in the country, formed in 1893. The musicians of this band carried their professionalism through generations. Though the band comes from the village of Bilton, (Rugby, Warwickshire), it performs widely, participating throughout the year in different musical festivals such as summer fetes, Christmas concerts, Carol services, as well as in private events such as Weddings and other special occasions.


Musical Director of the Band Mark Allen has been passionate about Brass music since his teenage years, at first playing solo horn, later being involved into different activities of the Band such as European Tours, competing in the Albert Hall and Free Trade Hall and performing on the national radio.


“The band is a traditional contesting brass band. It was also placed in the First Section of the National Brass Band Championships, which is the Midlands Regional Second Section Champions for both 2012 and 2013”.

The band always followed its purpose – to serve the community and to introduce brass music to children, “en passant” keeping them off the streets.


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Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
Silver Bilton Brass Band Concert 2017
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Silver Bilton Rugby Brass Band
Silver Bilton Rugby Brass Band
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Silver Bilton Brass Band Nadine Platt Photography
Silver Bilton Rugby Brass Band
Silver Bilton Rugby Brass Band

From CanvasPop with Love!

October 22, 2015

Framed photograph

A large box has arrived with a pink sticker in a shape of a heart saying “Made with Love” and indeed it was. Being carefully packed in multiple layers of cardboard and three layers of bubble wrap a framed print has finally immerged. Quality and attention to detail is striking.

The print was carefully placed under the glass in a thin black wooden frame, ready to be hung on the wall by a solid metal string with two little buttons attached to the inside of the lower part of the fame to prevent it from touching the wall. The glass had one more plastic protection layer and the label on the back of it had the name of the quality controller.

One word comes to mind – perfection. I am not surprised as since 2009 CanvasPop has been absolutely obsessed with providing its clients with quality prints framed or on canvas.

This fast paced business has already acquired more than a hundred thousand lucky customers who enjoyed their prints. As an artist I can only say that any painting or photograph put in a frame looks somehow different, a frame serves as a “window” into another world of the image, which gives you a feel that you are there, inside, being part of this world…

Oh yes, another word can characterise this company – Generosity!

I guess the popularity of CanvasPop is also due to the fact that, in spite of high quality products they have always been generous, offering discounts up to 30% to new customers, running contests, giving and sharing , spreading their love across the globe.


They are always ready to go that “extra mile” providing their customers with a team of talented photo experts who would bring uploaded photographs to perfection, adjusting colours and contrast, if necessary removing red-eye and so on and all this at no extra cost.

Their solid guarantee of the quality includes reprinting your photograph should you feel not 100 percent satisfied or otherwise you would have their 100% Love Guaranteed.

Their Personal Designer is always there to make your special picture perfect.

This Tall Ship print, framed by CanvasPop, is now proudly decorates the wall in my living room above the fireplace. They can share their love with you, too! With a click of a button you can upload your favourite picture and participate in their new Contest to get a chance to win a free print from this amazing company.


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Being an artist and a photographer I have had to acquire experience in framing pictures and photographs, too, which I would like to share with today.

I will not talk about framing of oil or acrylic paintings on canvas as they will be framed by a specialist in one single frame. As for framing photographs and pictures on paper, such as watercolour, drawings, prints etc…one should have a different approach.

Here there are some tips of how to choose the right Mount and Frame for your Prints.

1. Choosing your Mount.

Every paper based picture should be mounted first. Mounts are light cardboard borders which surround the picture before glass and a wooden frame are applied.

Mounts vary in colours but for most pictures white, creamy, pale colours or sometimes black will make a good match. Some photographs or pictures might not need a mount at all as all this is down to your preferences. Mounts can be only complementary. If your print has pale colours you can match a pale mount, as darker mounts can overshadow the image, though for a picture with really dramatic colours this option might work.

2. Choosing your Frames

Nowadays you are spoiled for choice for frames. All you have to consider before choosing a frame is

 a) It’s material .

Frames can be made of wood, plastic with wood imitation, metal etc…

So, if you have an image which has more classical flair, then traditional wooden frame can go well with the theme of your picture. And vice-verso, for modern, even abstract images with bright colours more modernistic style of frames would be more appropriate.

Contemporary Art images may require black, bronze or metal frames as more classical themes go well with silver, gold or even plain wooden frames.

Here are some examples of modern framing for images:

  • Canvas wrap

  • Float frame

  • MDF Wall Block

  • Edged Hover Frame

b). The style of interior design of your room.

If the theme of your interior is more classical, then you can choose a piece of art or photography with a frame, reflecting and supporting this style.

If your house has modern look and you only buy contemporary photography or art then a frame should reflect the general modernistic style of your room.

c) Size and Thickness of your frames.

Photo Focus Studio Gallery-Shop online offers an interesting range of modern framing where photographs can be printed on a range of canvases.

Here are some examples of modern frames:


Canvas Wrap

Canvas WrapCurrently you can acquire a print on a canvas stretched around the frame – Canvas Wrap ( the name says it all…where the canvas is getting wrapped around a frame, stretched around it, allowing no frame to be shown or applied afterwards).

Float frame

floatCanvasnplattFloat frames (also known as the Box Frame) give a modern, minimalistic look to the traditional canvas.

This Box Frame is light and comes without glass. Float Frames are designed to hang flat on the wall giving a boxed floating effect to your image.

They are made from beautiful wood and painted with great care and are available in various colours usually matching the picture itself. The floating frames are placed spaciously around the print so your photo on canvas would really stand out.

MDF block.

MDF PringMDF block mounted prints will give your picture a contemporary look, ideal for your home or office. These stylish frames comes with 18 mm deep MDF wall blocks which include hand painted edges with all prints finished with either a matt or gloss laminate for protection before being mounted to the MDF block, finished with brass hangers.






Edged Hover Frame

Edged Hover FrameThis amazing ultra-stylish light weight innovative design places a print a few millimetres away from the edge of the frame giving the impression of hovering away from the frame edge and a few centimetres from the wall. The Edged Hover Frame is the statement of minimalistic presentation of a stylishly presented canvas wrapped around a wooden frame. The canvas is mounted to 5mm MDF before being embedded by a frame and printed on high quality photographic paper, finished with laminate. This new and modern way to display your prints will create significant impact in your home or office.




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 I like  photographing interesting events and parties.
One of such recent events was  Tall Ships Regatta (Falmouth, Cornwall)

The Tall Ships regatta, which took place at the end of August was an amazing, rare and unforgettable spectacle. Beautiful tall ships from all over the world arrive in all their glory to take breath during their long and intense race. This summer I went to Cornwell to immortalise this rare event with my camera.

Falmouth is a small pretty town,  acommodating a myriad of tall and small ships,  yachts with colourful sails and without,  boats and other vessels, in fact almost anything which could float on water. The small streets of the town itself were drowned in a river of tourists. There were around 200, 000 visitors this year who came from all over the world to witness this amazing event.



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Little shops with famous cornish pasties, atmospheric tea rooms, cafe shops, mini art galleries and boutiques hardly had time to take their breath during those three days.  Street musicians and actors together with thousands of colourful  large and small flags  created an atmosphere of fête and merriment. “Tall Guests” of the Falmouth harbour with high masts and spotless  manicured  decks felt the weight of hundrieds of curious viewers roaming up and down, backwards and forwards, from early morning till late evening.

The first day was gray and rainy. I went to take my first pictures but the sky was dull, people were hiding their faces underneath their rain coats and umbrellas but still  queueing stubbornly to be the first to pay respects to the slowly arriving “giants”.


Tall Ship with Flags

Tall Ship with Flags


I was using my camera and sometimes my mobile to “seize” those three unforgettable days.

The second day was sunny and allowed me to take better pictures of the tall ships. My husband and I sailed around the harbour on a fishermen’s boat. Locals were siezing the opportunity to make a “couple of shillings” offering guests of the town little trips around its harbour.

The carnival atmosphere lasted till late, when after a caramel  august sunset, the sky turned dark navy,  pierced by colourful fireworks – sending their farewell salutes to the honourable ships.

People were gathering around the pubs on the opposite side of the harbour trying to chose best points to see the fireworks.  There was lots of laughter that evening.

Next morning we all witnessed this majestic flotilla slowly leaving Falmouth, taking course for London’s Greenwich – the place of their final destination. The race was on…..

Flottila in All its Glory

Flottila in All its Glory


PS: To see more images please visit Tall Ships Regatta 2014 page.


History of Photography

April 25, 2014



Photography as a new way of capturing images appeared many centuries ago with the discovery of the principles of the camera obscura and related findings that the perception of some substances is visibly altered by exposure to light.

It is difficult to believe but the discovery of camera obscura can be attributed to Chinese philosopher Mo Ti and Greek mathematicians Aristotle and Euclid, who described a pinhole camera in the 5th and 4th Centuries B.C. In the 6th century a Byzantine mathematician Anthemius of Tralles used a type of camera obscura in his experiments.Camera Obscura

But it was only at the dawn of the 19th century when Thomas Wedgwood made the first properly documented attempt. He tried to capture an image using a device like camera obscura together with white paper treated with silver nitrate. What he actually succeeded in capturing were the shadows of objects placed on the surface in direct sunlight.

Photographer Nicephore Niepce

 Later, in 1816, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor and a pioneer in the field of photography developed heliography and in 1826 he produced the world’s oldest surviving photograph “View from the Window at Le Gras”,

First Photograph View FromThe Windowat le Gras

showing parts of the buildings and surrounding countryside of his estate. . He succeeded in actually taking the first shot which took him several days, which were required for the exposure of his camera to finally produce a quite rough first image. He used paper coated with silver chloride. His camera was much smaller than that of Wedgewood, but his photographs looked more like negatives. He struggled to stop photographs from darkening after being exposed to light for viewing.

Later in the century, Louis Daguerre developed the daguerreotype process, which only took minutes of exposure to produce clear and finely detailed images. This is why 1839 is officially accepted as the year where photography made its first step. In the same year, Sir John Hershel introduced a new word “ Photography” which was based on the Greek (“phos” meaning “light” and “Graphe” meaning “Drawing, writing”,  as “ Drawing with light”. )

Photograph of Boulevard du temple a daguerreotype made by louis daguerre 1838

Since then, photo cameras were getting better and better, requiring less and less time for exposure until it was reduced to just a fraction of a second. Photography became a new medium, more economical and convenient.

 1884 was a remarkable year for photographic development as George Eastman and Rochester from New York developed grey gel on paper, replacing photographic plates with film.

“You press the button we do the rest” was the market slogan of Eastman’s Kodak camera. Since July 1888 anyone could take a photograph and leave the complexity of processing to professionals. In 1901 photography became available for the mass market with the introduction of the Kodak Brownie. Later, in 1936 a new era in colour photography began with the introduction of Kodachrome film available for 16mm home movies and 35 mm slides.

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The next big step in photography was taken in the 1990s with introduction of computer based electronic digital cameras. Photographers moved away from messing with film and chemicals to develop it, cumbersome equipment to print photographs and so on. New digital technology left behind film-based photochemical methods, bringing more vivid colours, sharper details to the image. New digital photo cameras became more affordable to the larger population, giving people chance to capture any moment of their lives quickly, efficiently and with excellent quality.