Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Sounds of Britain (Europa) - 3 October 2006

The 2006 Europa series has the theme 'Cultural Diversity' with particular emphasis on youth. Royal Mail have chosen a musical aspect for this theme, entitling their set 'Sounds of Britain'.

The UK has long been a melting pot for musical ideas, ranging from jazz brought to Britain by American servicemen during the war and the music of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and India. British musicians have taken these influences, modified them and put them together again to create their own sounds.

Set of 5 new Europa stamps in the subject Cultural Diversity: Sounds of Britain, showing Sitar, Bass player, Maracas, Fiddle, and Saxophone, American Blues singers.

The preliminary stamp designs are shown above, descriptions and values below edited 1 July:
1st class - Asian, Sitar. "Bollywood and Bhangra"
42p - Caribbean, Bass guitar. "Africa and the Caribbean"
50p - Irish, Fiddle. "Celtic"
72p - Black American, Blues*. "Jazz and Blues"
[44p] 1.19 - Latin America, Maracas.

(*This is as originally described by Royal Mail: we have changed it in line with their new official description.)


Technical details:
Designed by CDT, the stamps are printed in lithography by Cartor Security Printing, size 37x35mm with PVA gum, in sheets of 25 and 50.
All images except our FDC are Copyright 2006 by Royal Mail.


Norvic Exclusive First Day Covers

Our exclusive limited edition cover for this issue is shown below (preliminary design) - Price 8.95.

Norvic Philatelics first day cover for Sounds of Britain stamps.

Also available:
Mint or vfu used set of 5 - 4.00
Stamp cards (enlargements), set of 5 - 2.25
Stamp cards serviced with the appropriate stamp on the front and 5 different postmarks - 6.00
Presentation pack - 4.75.



First Day Postmarks

Some special postmarks announced for the Day of Issue are shown here (not to scale). Others will be added in due course.

Official bureau postmark showing trumpeter (musician). Official alternative postmark from Rock, Kidderminster, showing dancers. Official non-pictorial postmark from Rock, Kidderminster. postmark showing musical notes and Union Flag. postmark showing musical notes and fiddle.
Ref FD635
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
Ref FD636
Official postmark, Rock, Kidderminster
Ref FD636N
Official non-pictorial postmark, Rock, Kidderminster
Ref M10224
Sounds of Britain, Rock, Kidderminster
Ref L10219
Sounds of Britain, Fiddlers Hamlet, Epping
postmark depicting a harp. postmark depicting Irish musicians. postmark depicting trumpet and notes. postmark showing sitar. postmark showing saxophone.
Ref N10229
Sounds of Britain, Harpswell, Gainsborough
Ref N10225 * The Influence of Irish Music in Britain, Dublin Street, Liverpool 3 Ref L10221
The Louis Armstrong, The Blues House Tavern, Dover
Public Houses
Ref L10220
Indian Way, London W12
Ref M10223
Sounds of Britain, Osbourne Road, Birmingham
postmark depicting notes on a stave. postmark depicting treble clef. postmark depicting trumpet and notes. postmark showing logo of the brindley. postmark showing Pudsey bear BBC Children in Need.
Ref N10228
Sounds of Britain, Sound, Nantwich
Ref L10222*
CDT Design Limited, London
Ref L10218
the Stables, The Laine Dankworth Centre, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Ref N10226
the Brindley, Runcorn, Cheshire, Halton's brand new purpose build Theatre & Arts Centre
Ref N10227
Pudsey West Yorkshire, BBC Children in Need Appeal
*Postmark Explanations:
N10225 - "Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann" - the Irish Traditional Music organisation, "Ceol agus Gaol" - Music and Relationship. (Link is to Ireland site.)
L10222 - CDT Design - designers of the stamps.

This page updated 16 September 2006
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