The skill of the arranger is being able to adapt to any circumstance. With music by composers such as William Walton, Ravel or Zoltan Kodaly, the problem is to fit everything they wrote onto a 25-piece brass band. When working from original music for piano, the arranger has to much more inventive. In this episode we celebrate some of the most successful adaptations of glorious music from the opera house, the ballet and the concert hall plus we hear the occasional original masterpiece written for brass band.
Frank has important news about a change to the line up of our Young Brass Award, Processes with The Nobles, marks the 40th anniversary of a great player and plays a track from the latest CD By Brighouse and Rastrick.
How about music from 3 geniuses starting in 1786, moving on to one of the most innovative brass band voices of the last century, and ending with just about the most famous composer in American musical theatre. Frank also has some personal memories of a master musician whose death in 2007 robbed the band world of one of its most inspirational leaders.
8 have become 4 in this hour long special revealing and featuring the Finalists for the first BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award. They were selected at the Semi-Final held on January 13th in the Carole Nash Hall in Manchester. Plus, there’s music from one of our greatest arrangers, a well loved hymn tune gets deconstructed and Frank goes and ‘Tells it on the Mountain’.
We hear a brilliant Euphonium star from the other side of the world, celebrate the sound of the brass band of decades ago, and enjoy the truly classic sound of a world beating cornet star.
Brass Bands and Christmas go together like a horse and carriage. So as Frank wishes us all a very happy Christmas from BrassPass.TV, enjoy this unique collection of wonderful Christmas and seasonal music.
Frank Renton has the names of our BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award Semi Finalists who will trying to impress judges Katy Jones, Principal Trombone of the Halle Orchestra and conductor and cornet virtuoso Russell Gray on January 13th in Manchester’s Stoller Hall. Dear to his heart is Grimethorpe and they are his feature band. Foden’s have teamed up with star trumpet player Mike Lovatt and Frank has possibly the only solo recording from Euphonium legend Harry Mather
The first track from a new recording by trumpet superstar Mick Lovatt with Foden’s. From download to CD comes the brilliant Tom Hutchinson, an archive classic from Kenneth Dennison plus Virtuoso GUS in some of its many guises is the featured band .