These are all reviews received from within the world of brass, before the publication date...

Edward Greyson - former principal of the RNCM and world renowned composer:
"Alex Hoekstra is clearly a talented young musician. In this collection of short pieces based on animals of various kinds and dimensions, he has an intuitive understanding of how to turn their various characteristics into musical pictures. I look forward to seeing how he develops in the next few years, but he undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him."

Mark Wilkinson - principal cornet Foden’s Brass Band, cornet tutor at Salford University and visiting tutor with the NYBBGB and RNCM:

"Lord Alex’s Musical Menagerie is a welcome addition to the brass tutor repertoire made up of pieces that are fun and challenging to play both technically and musically. The book is well put together including solos and duets and comes highly recommended! "

Andrew Berryman - international trombone professor, former principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra  (1988-2008) and Ulster Orchestra  (1984-1988), MD NSO Symphony Orchestra:

"These short fun pieces offer the beginner brass player something interesting and challenging to play. They have been well thought out and introduce key elements to the beginner brass player. The quirky and memorable titles will bring you back again and again. Bravo Alex! "

Owen Farr - international tenor horn soloist and clinician; tenor horn tutor at the RNCM, RWCMD and Birmingham Royal Conservatoire; former solo horn with the Cory Band and Williams Fairey:

"What a great book this is, packed with great instruction, fun and laughter! This is a must have for any brass enthusiast!"

"Lord Alex's Musical Menagerie" has now been printed and login labels produced.  Published under ISBN 978-1-9996066-0-2 by Hoekstra Publishing, available through the eBay shop (lord_alex, what else...) @ £9.99 including p&p (mainland uk only).  There is also a quantity discount for the education sector ("Contact Us" for more info).

Alex also met Wouter, the illustrator, in Amsterdam on Saturday 2 June and they both signed a copy of the book in front of the Concertgebouw.  A copy has also been sent to the British Library for safekeeping.  Further copies have also been deposited in Oxford and Cambridge libraries and also one in Edinburgh and Dublin.

All books have now arrived safely from the printers (with thanks to Andrew Baker from Morthanveld and RiverDigital) - all we need to do now is stick all the login stickers in (thanks to Ted Waddington at Alan Northrop Ltd) and start selling...