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.
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.)
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.
Our exclusive limited edition cover for this issue is shown below (preliminary design) - Price £8.95. [At this stage we intend to use with postmarks M10223 & M10024 unless any more are announced.]
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
Post Office FDC with any available postmark - Price £5.00 - if ordered by 27 September. After this date only the postmarks we have in stock will be available.
Presentation pack - £4.75. Postmarks - any postmark can be provided on a small white envelope - £1 + cost of the stamp. Postmarks can also be obtained on 1st class definitive stamps. Discounts available for larger quantities.
All prices exclude postage & packing. To order or any enquiries - please email us.
Some special postmarks announced for the Day of Issue are shown here (not to scale). Others will be added in due course.
The postmarks shown here cannot be obtained after 3 October 2006
| 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
| 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
| 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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