All our music is in digital (PDF) format. When you buy a digital download, you'll receive an email (within a few seconds) with a link to download your music.
What if I lose my music?
When you make a purchase, you'll receive a download link that'll be valid for 12 months. If you need to download your music after 1 year, just get in touch and we'll send a fresh download link. We'd recommend you make a back-up of your music to a memory stick.
Can I make a back-up of my music?
Yes you can, and we would encourage you to make a back-up of any music you buy, either to cd-rom or memory stick.
Are my payment details secure?
I provide two payment options: PayPal, and credit/debit card payments through Stripe. For details of the payment security they offer, please read the following:
PayPal buyer protection and security
Stripe payment security
Your music seems awfully reasonable. (The Book for All Occasions is only £25 for 50 pieces). Am I still getting a quality product?
I invest a lot of time researching my arrangements, finding original scores, writing the arrangements, typesetting them to a high standard, and designing eye-catching artwork. However, I have a big enough customer base (many of them who have bought pretty much everything I've written over the last decade or so!), to ensure that I can earn a living selling my music at a price that is very affordable to my customers. As a one-man-band, I don't have the overheads of many of the larger brass publishing companies, so can afford to keep my prices low.
Do I need any special software to view and print my music?
All of my music is presented as PDF files contained within Zip folders. You just need a (free) copy of Adobe Reader (or Preview on a Mac) to view and print your music.
When downloading your music, you'll find it is compressed into a .Zip folder. Newer versions of Windows and Mac OSX will automatically un-zip this for you once the download is complete. Otherwise, you may have to download an expander programme (such as WinZip, Win Rar or StuffIt Expander) to access the PDFs.Windows help: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14200/windows-compress-uncompress-zip-files
Can I open my downloaded music on an iPad?
Yes... but you'll need to download it to a desktop or laptop computer first. iPads can't handle .zip folders, but once you've decompressed your music, you can transfer it to you iPad. The easiest way is to email the PDFs to yourself.
NB. the brass band arrangements are not compressed into .zip folders, meaning you can open them directly from the download link onto your iPad.
We use a different combination of instruments. Can the arrangements be adapted to suit our group?
If the instruments you use aren't covered in the plethora of transposed parts I provide, then I can usually tweak the arrangements, for a fee. Generally, I prefer to send you the Sibelius files, so you can tweak them yourself!
Can you provide Sibelius files of the music I've bought?
Generally speaking, yes. Please email me on [email protected] for more info.
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Who are we?
BigShinyBrass.com is a trading name of Matthew Kingston Music Limited (the “Data Controller”), a company registered in England & Wales No. 10684584, whose Registered Office is at: 67B East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3LB
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If you have opted in to receive communications we will use your email address to provide you with details of products, offers and promotions which may be of interest. Any such communication will carry a simple to use 'unsubscribe' device, allowing you to remove yourself from further correspondence. We will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected.
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We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to third parties. We use third party platforms to manage and deliver customer relationship management (CRM); email marketing campaigns; online advertising, customer analytics, events, couriers etc. In providing the services your personal information will, where applicable, be made available to the service provider solely to the specified purpose and in accordance with our instructions and in accordance with the law.
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We do not store any sensitive information regarding your PayPal or debit/credit card payment; these are handled securely by PayPal and by Stripe. Please see the following links about payment security:
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We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. Access to your personal data is limited to those employees and third parties who have a business need to know and are subject to a duty of confidentiality and data protection laws.
How long will we hold your personal data for?
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose it was collected for. Where you have consented to us using your details for direct marketing we will keep such data until you notify us otherwise and/or withdraw your consent by unsubscribing.
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You can click onto the "unsubscribe" link in any communication that we send to you by email which will automatically unsubscribe you from that type of communication. Please also note that you may continue to receive communications which are already on route to you for a short period of time while your relevant unsubscribe request is being processed.
You have the right to access any personal information that Matthew Kingston Music Limited holds and processes about you. You have the right to:
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above please contact us at:[email protected] or write to The Studio, Purcombe Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Bridport, DT6 6RL, UK
From time to time this policy may be updated and we will keep you updated if and when this policy changes.
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We hope you'll like our music. But we also realise that, sometimes, you won't! It may be too difficult, too easy, or maybe just not what you were expecting.
If you're not entirely happy with the music you've bought - for any reason - get in touch with us. We'll swap it for any other set of music you'd like from the choices on our website (of the same value or less), or failing that, you'll be entitled to a full refund.vUsually, we can find a happy medium - in the past we've transposed music to make it easier, added repeats, simplified it, adapted it to customers' requests. So do let us know if anything is wrong!
If you're not satisfied with your purchase, or feel it isn't as described on the website, please get in touch within 31 days of the transaction date.v
email: [email protected]
How many copies of my music can I print?
When you have purchased any of our music (or downloaded any of our free titles), you are entitled to print as many copies as you need for performance or rehearsal by your band or ensemble. Should any parts go missing, or if you need to print parts for new members then please go ahead!
What do I do if I want to perform or record a piece by Big Shiny Brass?
There's no need to get in touch; simply register the performance with PRS for Music (in the UK), or with your own country's royalty collecting agency (ASCAP, BMI etc.)
Can I upload a recording to YouTube?
Yes! Please do... and we'd love it if you could send us a link!
Can we include a Big Shiny Brass arrangement on our cd recording?
Yes, you just need to register the recording with PRS for Music or your local equivalent.
Big Shiny Brass was founded in 2009 by brass arranger Matt Kingston, as an online outlet for his growing output of arrangements.
We started off by focusing on Brass Band music, but were soon inundated by requests for Junior Brass music. Within a couple of years, we’d grown into one of the UK’s most popular resources for junior brass groups.
We’re constantly adding to our vibrant catalogue of music, which now caters for complete beginners (pieces using only three or four notes) through to more advanced junior players.
All our music is available as PDF downloads, giving you a dependable and varied repertoire at an affordable price! Our multiple transpositions also give you a huge amount of flexibility within the ensemble.
As well as junior band music, we also provide music for small (grown-up!) brass ensembles - mostly quintets and quartets.vAll our music is still arranged by founder, Matt Kingston. Matt is a versatile and prolific UK-based music arranger and composer. Largely self-taught, he began to compose around the age of seven.
In his early twenties, Matt worked as an assistant to the composer Jaz Coleman, gaining valuable experience of both the popular and classical music worlds, and working with artists including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matt's career as a brass arranger has seen him produce over 500 published arrangements, mainly for small brass ensembles and beginners. His music has been performed on six continents, in venues ranging from cathedrals to rugby stadiums, as well as appearing on numerous cd recordings, TV and radio broadcasts.
Matt's Music Marvels series of brass and woodwind beginner tutor books, co-written with brass teacher Steve Legge, are published by Warwick Music.