B&R - RNCM Festival of Brass - 12:00 Sunday 29 January

Discussion in 'The Auditorium - Concert Details' started by agkenyon, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. agkenyon

    agkenyon New Member

    Brighouse and Rastrick announce full details of their contribution to The RNCM Festival of Brass concert series this coming Sunday – the 29 January. The band’s programme includes no less than 2 world premieres; along with two very different yet individually acclaimed “test pieces”.

    Brighouse’s professional conductor, James Gourlay, conducts the band with his feet firmly on home ground. (James is Head of Wind and Percussion at The Royal Northern College of Music). Their full programme will be:

    Butterworth Gonfalon
    Howells Pageantry
    Wilby Unholy Sonnets
    Michael Ball …all the Flowers of the Mountain…
    Simon Dobson Taliesen and Cauldron

    James and the band have gone for a programme that should offer listeners great variety (appealing to both traditional and more contemporary brass band audiences alike), as well as one that offers a great technical challenge for them personally.

    They begin with the premiere performance of “Gonfalon” (Op. 114), a newly released composition by Arthur Butterworth. This short, fanfare-like piece originates in ancient Rome – and should provide a rousing “Brighouse-Style” opening to the concert.

    Their next piece needs no introduction to brass band enthusiasts anywhere – Herbert Howell’s “Pageantry”. Written for the 1934 British Open, both the technicalities and music in this work have definitely stood the test of time, the piece still used as a true test for bands in contests today. It also offers the band a chance to look back with fond memories, as the piece was most notably last used for the All England Masters – which saw Brighouse and Rastrick crowned champions with a blistering performance in 2001.

    Philip Wilby’s “Unholy Sonnets” comes next – featuring the very talented and acclaimed vocal soloist, Fiona Scott, followed by the 2004 National Finals Test Piece “…all the Flowers of the Mountain…”, by Dr Michael Ball.

    Their finale will be Simon Dobson’s highly anticipated “Taliesen and Cauldron”, a piece commissioned by Brighouse and Rastrick, and their 2nd premiere of the day. Simon was the 4 Bars Rest Brass Band Newcomer of the Year back in 2002 – an award which he has since built on with numerous achievements, both compositional and conducting. Simon’s latest entry on his CV sees him conducting Cwmaman Institute Band at Yeovil Contest next month, and he will be present to hear the premiere of his work.

    Brighouse’s contribution to the festival will start at 12:00, on Sunday January 29, 2006 at the Royal Northern College of Music. (Haden Freeman Concert Hall). Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can book on-line at www.rncm.ac.uk, via telephone on 0161 907 5555, or in person at the venue’s Box Office.

    Andrew Kenyon
    Publicity Secretary
    Brighouse & Rastrick Band
  2. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    I'm looking forward to it.

    As a matter of interest, what was the reason behind the changes to last year's programme by B & R? I had been looking forward to hearing Ascendit in Coeli and Altitude, but it wasn't to be.