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Keith Stead

Graduating from the Royal College of Music, after receiving outstanding tuition on the piano and trumpet, I began what has become a rich and varied musical career.

Whilst living in London in the early 80s I played the trumpet at major venues, which include the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey – performing in front of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother – before eventually moving to Birmingham in 1986 to become a music teacher by day, and working musician by night.

At this time I found myself doing a lot of session work around the West Midlands on the bass guitar, which I had taught myself as a hobby. Being able to both read music and busk proved to be a valuable asset. Playing in productions of Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar were probably the highlights of my work as a bassist.

Playing the piano has always been my first love, so when I was offered a lucrative contract in the late 80s accompanying Wendy Austin at The Copthorne, one of Birmingham’s most prestigious hotels, I jumped at the chance. Originally the contract was only for the Christmas period, but such was our popularity that it was extended to the following April.

It was while working at the Copthorne that I was introduced to Yolanda, another professional singer. Little did I know at the time that we were destined to form the duo ‘Silhouette’ and work together for a number of years. In 1990 we found ourselves in the Middle East, performing at the Holiday Inn hotel in Bahrain. However, August 2, 1990, we awoke to the news that a force of 120,000 Iraqi troops backed by 300 tanks had invaded Kuwait just next door. We were in a war zone! Not wishing to be rained on by missiles, or gassed, we made a hasty return home. Before long we were abroad again though, working on the beautiful island of Jersey for the summer. Following this we returned to Birmingham and performed at various places around the West Midlands.

I have always enjoyed ‘behind the scenes’ work and was once asked to reproduce some Vietnamese music from an extremely poor quality cassette recording. I was able to emulate the Oriental sounds using a synthesizer and create a convincing replica. A few months later, while watching the Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter, I suddenly heard the music I had produced accompanying a Vietnamese dance group. Even though no one else in the crowd knew that I was responsible for recreating the music they were hearing, it was tremendously satisfying.

From the very beginning composing music has always been a passion, but it wasn’t until after graduating from college that I began to take myself seriously as a composer. Receiving favourable reactions from audiences that heard my music spurred me on to write more and more.

CD Jacket Sometime Somewhere

In 2000 my first CD Sometime Somewhere… was released to wide acclaim, reaching number nine in the People Sound chart, an Internet company used by tens of thousands of musicians in Europe and America to promote their work. Many people have commented on the smooth relaxing sound, and in 2003 four tracks were chosen to be broadcast on digital radio throughout Asia.

I am currently based in Japan, after moving here in 1997, arranging, composing, performing, recording, and producing music …and more. It is my sincere hope that the music you hear on this site will bring enjoyment and pleasure.

 

 


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Just arrived on this site:

May 29, 2017. New this month is a selection of six Royalty Free Radio Jingles.

April 30, 2017. After a half-year break from adding new material to this site, I've added an article / review on Headphone Holders.

Sept. 29, 2016. In the final part of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I show the finished product, and provide further information on cost, construction time and more.

Aug. 30, 2016. In Part 4 of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I talk about stainng and varnishing.

July 12, 2016. This month, in Part 3 of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I detail the construction process.

June 16, 2016. This month, in Part 2 of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I look at the preparation needed..

May 30, 2016. This month sees the start of a series on how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk. Part 1 this month looks at the design process.

April 29, 2016. This month I have added a short article on Trumpet Psychology to the Musicians' Corner - an essential read for aspiring professionals.

March 29, 2016. This month the Selected CD Reviews section has been updated with four additional audio files.

Feb. 24, 2016. A new photo has been added to the Gallery of a Valentine's Day concert I played at this month, accompanying various artists.

Jan. 14, 2016. New in the Reviews section this month is a look at PMC's TB2 Nearfield Monitors.

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Sometime Somewhere...

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A relaxing Smooth Jazz CD. Listen to extracts of all 12 tracks now.

 

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