05.04.2017 - 08.04.2017 — Hall: 11.1 Stand: B 65
Denis Wick is a very successful British company and makes one of the largest ranges of mutes and mouthpieces for brass instruments in the world. The very high quality of their products is internationally recognised and their mutes and mouthpieces can be found in practically every orchestra and band around the world. The company has won major awards, including the Export Initiative Award presented by Frankfurt Musikmesse and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
The Denis Wick factory is in Poole, on the south coast of England, where a combination of craft-based skills and state-of-the-art CNC technology are used to produce their much-respected products. They work with some of the best-known artists in world of brass-playing to produce original and exciting products for every kind of brass musician.
Denis Wick Products – a British Success Story
The Times, one of Britain’s most respected newspapers, reported in its Business Section on June 16th, 2016 under the headline ‘Striking the right note means concentrating on quality’:
“The best of British brass is booming. World-famous names such as Denis Wick Products, the mouthpiece and mute maker, are combining traditional craftsmanship and new technology to increase sales and – ironically, given the dominance of foreign brands being played by Britain’s children – boost exports.”
In the world of music there are many small family companies that started because a musician wanted to make a product which gave better musical results than anything that was currently available. This was the case with Denis Wick. He started making mutes and mouthpieces for brass instruments in 1968 in order to fulfil the needs of himself and his colleagues in the London Symphony Orchestra. At the time it was difficult to find mutes that played in tune and mouthpieces which created the right tonal qualities to cope with the notoriously difficult acoustics of London’s Royal Festival Hall.
From these small beginnings the company that he founded has grown to become one of the leading makers of brass instrument accessories in the world. The mutes that he designed are loved by brass players and bring a huge palette of different colours to any brass section. His mouthpieces have set new standards for tone, comfort and intonation and have become a vital part of every brass player’s equipment.
The Denis Wick factory in Hamworthy, Dorset employs skilled technicians and craftsmen to create these carefully designed accessories. Through a global system of distributors and dealers these items are sold to musicians across the globe. They can be found in orchestras, jazz groups, high school bands, British-style brass bands and military bands in every corner of the world. Their reach is truly universal. The sound of British brass-playing is much admired and much emulated throughout the world. Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces have helped create this distinctive timbre, and have come to represent an important part of our musical heritage.
Denis Wick Products is a British success story and continues to export and innovate, flourishing in the highly competitive world of the music trade.
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