David Thornton is rapidly becoming one of the most influential figures in the development of the brass band and its young musicians. Frank got him on the business side of a Brasspass.tv microphone between their rehearsal and concert in Stoller Hall as they were preparing for that afternoon’s performance of a favourite piece of both soloist and conductor. As conductor of Brighouse and Rastrick, Head of Brass Band Studies at RNCM, brass teacher at Chet’s plus a flourishing solo career, David has his finger firmly on the brass band pulse. This is a conversation not to be missed and the performance of the Horovitz Euphonium Concerto is available to download from our website!
Frank Renton celebrates the first anniversary of his show with highlights from the many national and international competitions and unique events that BrassPass.tv have streamed over the last 12 months, and we’ve been to some great places together. So, enjoy again the winning performance of our Young Brass Award winner Siobhan Bates, expect the unexpected from SIDDIS, experience the uniqueness of a wet Whit Friday and listen to some of the finest bands we have in our own Best of Brass concert series including Cory, Black Dyke and Brighouse and Rastrick.
It’s time for a little stargazing. On board for the journey are Cory, Black Dyke, Manger Mussikklag and the ever-brilliant Philip Cobb as we swirl around a spiral galaxy, do a spot of planet hoping and come to rest by the light of the moon. Composer Carl Davies arrived in the UK in 1961 and just forgot to go home giving us his view of the Galaxies which, as arranged by Ray Farr, is as close as we’ve come to an original work for band from his inspired pen. And just when we thought all was well, the wind that folklore tells us devasted everything in heaven and earth blows us out as a finale.
A Musical Americana
Brass Band Columbus formed in 1984 by Paul Droste are considered by many to be the fathers of the brass band culture in America. They feature in a classic Sousa March, in this, a programme of music from, or about, the USA. The Brass Band of Central Florida were always hot favourites for the US Open title with their bright and innovative programming, that was until a new band was formed in Kansas when Fountain City Brass Band proved to be real rivals. Music from Hollywood, all the energy and excitement of Broadway and of course, a little jazz, all play their important part in this slice of musical Americana.
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.