Frank Looks ahead to SIDDIS, recalls getting the call to conduct James Shepherd Versatile Brass containing some of the best musicians in the country, and invites us all to ‘chill’ to a modern classic.
Frank launches the new BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award and a complete series of exclusive concerts Best of Brass, all taking place in the fabulous RIBA winning Stoller Hall in Manchester. Plus, of course, the 2nd in his series of soloist features including a tenor horn player who has simply re-written all the rules, some classic tuba playing and a quartet of soloists that simply ‘blow the roof off’
The spotlight finds some wonderful soloists and the varied music they’ve chosen to record. Expect the exciting from Ian Williams, the captivating bass trombone of Ingvild Rosenberg, the legendary sound of John Clough and the passion of a current superstar, Glenn Van Looy.
With the 166th British Open Brass Band Championships on the horizon Frank considers some of the runners and riders and assesses how they might do. There’s music from Black Dyke, Eikhangar, Foden’s and Grimethorpe but be sure to visit the playlist for the complete details.
On Holiday with some time to spare Frank’s thoughts turn to a subject that has fascinated him since he first played in a brass band, and that is the enormous value that musicians who haven’t spent the whole of their lives steeped in the brass band tradition bring to the movement. A look at the full playlist reveals the names of Edward Elgar, Colin Davis, Malcolm Arnold, Howard Snell, and Elgar Howarth amongst these unique talents
I’m in holiday mode for this one which is my Italian special. No pasta or pizza but still a feast of great Italian music. Try the Overture La Forza Del Destino played by the Italian Brass Band, the classic Torna A Surriento with Philip McCann and the magical pen of Howard Snell in his arrangement of Respighi’s The Pines of The Villa Borghese from The Pines of Rome for starters. Look up the full playlist for the details
This weeks music includes a little march from yesterday, something by one of our greatest ever Euphonium players and music by a man who might have written a significant piece for brass band, but never did plus the Fairey Band occupying the featured band slot.