Archive for July, 2009


by on Jul.29, 2009, under General News

album covers.gifI had a brief conversation with the team at DSI about our albums ‘Always & Forever’ and ‘Hushabye Outcast’ and thought it would be nice to offer a discount to those wishing to purchase both albums at the same time.

As ‘Hushabye Outcast’ is a limited edition CD and DSI are the only distribution company selling both albums, I wanted visitors to our website to hear news of this offer first.

If you’re interested, please click on the image to the left and go directly to the DSI website.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Blackpool Tower

by on Jul.16, 2009, under General News

Blackpool Tower ImageI’ve had dozens of emails recently asking whether the Empress Dance Band and Orchestra will be performing for dancing during the 2009 summer season from the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.

Unfortunately the answer is “no“.

This year Leisure Parcs has decided not to cater for dancers during the evening and has opted instead to put on ‘Legends’ for five nights of rock music.

I believe that you can dance to the resident organists in the Ballroom between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, but no dancing at all on Mondays and Fridays.

As ever, we welcome your comments should you wish to share them.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Dance Wing – Japan

by on Jul.01, 2009, under Articles

dw49For those of you who speak Japanese, or more importantly can read it; Volumes 49 – 51 of Studio Himawari’s magazine ‘Dance Wing’ is featuring three articles I was asked to write for its readers.

The magazine is packed full of information, adverts for dance-wear, shoes, jewellery, photo galleries of the hairstyles and fashions worn this year during the Blackpool Dance Festival and much, much more. I speak very little Japanese and am unable to read their beautiful writing, but it’s set out in such a way that even I (a non-dancer) can pretty much understand.

It also contains a delightful half hour DVD presented by Anne Laxholm, (former European Ballroom Champion) called ‘Keeping it Human’. The lecture and demonstration by Anne was filmed during the Ballroom Dancers’ Federation International UK Congress 2009.

The articles I have written are (as you might expect) about all things ‘Empress’: Our involvement with the Blackpool Dance Festival, the album ‘Always & Forever’, and amongst other things; an insight into what happens behind the scenes and offstage during the Festival.

‘Volume 49’ is available now and looks great (it oozes Asian culture). The articles have also been written in English for those that can’t read Japanese. If you’d like to see for yourself, please follow the link to Dance Wing where ‘Vol. 49’ should appear online shortly.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Dance Today

by on Jul.01, 2009, under Articles

Dance Today May 2009I just wanted to thank Katie Gregory (the editor of Dance Today) for featuring the Empress Orchestra in their May edition. The five-page article was a behind-the-scenes look at how our album ‘Always & Forever’ was recorded.

The piece, wonderfully written by Alison Gallagher-Hughes, captures the essence of a day in the recording studio with the boys and myself.

If you’d like to get hold of a copy of the May edition then you can do so through the Dance Today website. And if you have any questions about the whole recording process, then by all means pose a question below and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Empress Orchestra on Radio 2

by on Jul.01, 2009, under General News

Thanks to all who have emailed and sent congratulatory texts about last nights show on BBC Radio 2. The host, Malcolm Laycock, featured no less than three tracks from our recent album and gave it an excellent revue.

For those of you that didn’t catch the programme you can listen to it via the BBC iplayer (click the link) though you’ll have to hurry as it’s only there for another six days. After that, you’ll have to buy the CD to hear the tracks again.

(The programme starts around 1 minute and 25 seconds in to the audio clip)

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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