Thursday, 3 November 2011

Interview with James Douglas in today's 'Highland News'

In today's (Thurs 3rd November) edition of the 'Highland  News' paper, there is a centre page interview with Composer James Douglas, introducing the New CD: 'Land of the Lochans.' I am very grateful indeed to Margaret Chrystall and to the Highland Freetime section for featuring this and hopefully I will be able to find it online to allow some of our friends elsewhere to read it also! 

Katharine Douglas
If you would like to meet James Douglas in person, come to The Macphail Centre on Tues 8th Nov from 7.30-9pm! Copies of the CD can be signed in person.

Caritas Music Publishing / Eschenbach Editions

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

CD Preview: 'Land of the Lochans' by James Douglas

CD PREVIEW: Land of the Lochans by James Douglas
Composer James Douglas will launch his brand new CD: ‘Land of the Lochans’ at The Macphail Centre on Tuesday 8th November with a Party from 7.30-9pm. Everyone is invited to come along to this Free event, to hear some music from this new recording and to meet James Douglas, his friends and family too (phone 612236 for further details).

‘Land of the Lochans’ pays homage to the beauty and the majesty of the scenery of N W Scotland with music for Piano & Flute (performed by flautist George Gwilt & James Douglas, Piano). “Try it!” says James Douglas. The music also gives a graphic and atmospheric picture of the wonderful mountain Suilven and its surrounding scenery, as well as of Beinn Ghoblach rising above Loch Broom. The CD will be on sale on the evening and is also available from The Ullapool Bookshop from Monday 7th November. Further details:

Caritas Music Publishing / Eschenbach Editions

Friday, 1 July 2011

Need to source a piece of music?

I am finding that as our industry is competing with Amazon and more and more online retailers, people do not always know how to find a piece of music. Who do you ask? Recently I have found and received orders for some of the following queries:
I heard a piece of music in Desert Island Discs some weeks ago but who was it by?
I am singing in a particular version of this opera and need to find a CD to learn the music from, can you help?
I saw this piece of music on one of these digital channels, but I don't know who sang it but the title was...

Well, I am pleased to say that I found all of these CDs and the customers all bought the subsequent CDs or ordered them from their local bookshop who ordered it from me.

So, now you know, if you need some help either in your shop with finding a piece of music or if you would like to find that music that your choir are singing, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

To end this, if you are interested in supporting your local bookshop, visit: which lists lots of useful information about bestsellers and also how to support your local church too.

Katharine Douglas
Caritas Music Publishing / Eschenbach Editions

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

'Music inspired by the melody of the land...'

This summer I am going to try to write the occasional blog about pieces of Music by Composer James , to introduce more people to his music. Kenny Mathieson in the Inverness Courier wrote: 'Music inspired by the melody of the land' to describe James Douglas' music. Not only is this quote quite humbling, it also could be quite true.

James Douglas himself says: 'I read a lot of books, see photos and paintings...and then I write music.'

Imagine always remembering a particular piece of music at a particular time in your life. Say at a wedding, a concert, a church service or even a funeral. That music and moment will always be with you for ever.

For me, I will always remember being at a Concert in St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. I was sitting in the Choir stalls, not far from the actual organ consol and I then heard, as part of that Concert, 'A Vision' by James Douglas. The final toccata  section began with a long low note on the pedals, then a higher one and then this magical sound errupted from the Organ. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck, I was entranced. I will always remember this music and where I heard it first. Magical. What about you, do you have a piece of music that always has stayed with you for some reason? I'm sure we all do, that is what is so special about Music and the affect that it has on people.
Katharine Douglas
Caritas Music Publishing

(a clip of 'A Vision can be heard in our Music Store:

Buy the CD 'A Vision' by James Douglas (Caritas Records, ABZ110CD) for £9.99 from the Caritas Music Store

Caritas Music Publishing / Eschenbach Editions