Archive for August, 2009

JLC:Ballroom Dancer

by on Aug.28, 2009, under General News

Those of you that have Sky TV may have spotted that Justin Lee Collins has a new series on Sky 1 and Sky HD: ‘Just-in at the deep end!’

JustinLee Collins & Karen Hardy

He has already tried his hand at: ‘Mexican Wrestling’, ‘Chicago’ (in the West End) and ‘High Diving’.

Episode 4 sees JLC try his hand at Ballroom Dancing!

Some of the filming at the start of the show was shot from the Winter Gardens, back in November 2008, during the British National Dance Championships. If you were taking part in the competitions, you may be on the television dancing to the sounds of the Empress Orchestra.

This show is being aired on Sky 1 and Sky HD on Thursday 3 September, at 10 p.m.

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Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Illegal Downloads

by on Aug.25, 2009, under General News

Having done a quick search of the internet I found a number of sites offering Empress Orchestra albums as free downloads. I can assure you that none of the companies offering this service have permission from the copyright holder to do so (namely me). Many of the companies, based in Russia, offer albums free for download when you pay a membership fee.

The companies know that what they are doing is illegal; but flout the law knowing that virtually no copyright holders will push for prosecution; it’s just too expensive.

Ironically, some of these sites warn you that it is illegal to download material without permission, as it may infringe copyright laws, this suggests that their sites are legitimate – NOT TRUE.

Some points to think about:

  1. You are freely handing over your credit card details to companies that are quite happy to break the law.
  2. Some of these sites contain malware, this is a spy-type software used to gather information from your computer.
  3. You are helping a company that hold no rights to any albums to make money through membership.
  4. None of the money you give goes to the writers or musicians of the albums that were made especially for your benefit as dancers and listeners.
  5. The orchestra albums made can cost more than a chart CD to produce with only a fraction of the returns from sales.

These are just a few of the many points I could raise. The decision is of course yours to make, needless to say, if you like the music that we have recorded for you, then please buy from DSI as we would love to make you another album in the future.

I welcome your comments and questions.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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by on Aug.14, 2009, under Website Changes

Our Testimonials page is now officially open and so we would like to share with you some of the wonderful comments expressed about the Orchestra.

As we are fortunate to provide music for at least five of the world’s most prestigious dance events, we have attracted comments from some of the world’s leading figures in Ballroom and Latin Dance.

The Testimonials page includes quotes from: Marcus Hilton MBE, Donnie Burns MBE, Peter Maxwell, Richard Gleave, Karen Hardy, Graham Oswick, Kenny Welsh and Bryan Allen amongst others.

There are still more comments to be added, so please bookmark us now and visit again soon.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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CD Review

by on Aug.07, 2009, under Articles

Hi All,

I wanted to share with you the recent CD review from ‘Dance Today’ (August 2009). As always, your comments are welcome should you wish to share them. I must admit, I wasn’t aware so many different bands/orchestras had appeared over the Blackpool Dance Festival’s history.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

Alan Parker reviews the new album from the Empress Orchestra.Dance Today - August 2009

Most people will immediately know the Empress Orchestra as the one that plays at the Blackpool Dance Festivals, mainly performing in the world-famous Empress Ballroom of the Winter Gardens. The mantle taken over by current leader, Ashley Frohlick from those giants of Blackpool past – Harry Wood, Herman Darewski , Bertini, Norman Newman, Larry Brennan, Charles Farrell, Tommy Jones, Charles Barlow, Ken Turner, and Irven Tidswell – brought with it great responsibility. That is, to preserve the distinctive sound from the arrangements of past leaders, as well as the reputation of the 80-plus years of history surrounding the festivals. Not only has Ashley Frohlick done this, but he has added in some new arrangements, some fresh and wonderful music that adds to the unique sound enjoyed by dancers all over the world.

Ashley started to think about the project in 2002 and the process of  introducing new compositions and orchestrations, brand new arrangements of established works and completely new tunes has taken time, careful thought and an incredible amount of work. The result is an exceptional dance music CD.

ALWAYS & FOREVER has 18 tracks covering all of the ten main Ballroom and Latin rhythms. There is almost 45 minutes of the most delightful music to inspire dancers, whether social or professional, both of whom are well served by this CD.

At the Blackpool Dance Festival I was able to enjoy hearing these fine sounds live, and now, through this CD, I – and very many others can re-live those moments. One of my particular favourites is “Unforgettable”, and it would have been a very suitable album title. However the foxtrot is just one of 18 tracks sure to move you around the dancefloor. We must thank Ashley for continuing tradition and for adding more outstanding music to the history of the very finest music for dancing!

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