Black Dyke Band - Low Brass Spotlight 2010

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Dave Thornton, May 10, 2010.

  1. Dave Thornton

    Dave Thornton Member

    Dear all,

    As part of the Black Dyke Brass Symposium 2010, once again we are running a Euphonium, Baritone and Tuba Spotlight Event. The event is on Saturday 12th June from 11.30am until 4pm, and held at Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingly Campus (LS6 3QS), James Graham Building, Ghandi Hall. Due to running costs this year there is a £5 contribution per participant.

    This event offers a series of sessions including chamber music skills, performance techniques and general tips to improve low brass playing. I was delighted by the success of last year’s event and I think we will have an even better day this time around. Maurice Bale has crafted an amazing transcription of 'Night On A Bare Mountain' which will sound unbelievable with this many low brass players! We will also be performing arrangements of Deep Harmony, William Tell and Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings/Tubas!!

    The event includes sessions which are:

    • aimed at players of any age or standard to participate or simply observe

    • led by Black Dyke soloists David Thornton and Joe Cook, and assisted by the Black Dyke Low Brass section – a team which boasts over 80 years of Black Dyke experience between them!

    • intended to inspire and stimulate players through practical classes on key skills used at contests and during concerts (including playing in the section and how to cope with nerves)

    • similar to last year – as well as a massed session, we will be splitting the participants into smaller ensembles, rehearsing separately and led by members of Black Dyke. The day will culminate with a performance from each group. These smaller sessions will also include masterclass aspects and opportunities for delegates to ‘pick the brains’ of our team!

    • followed by a Gala evening performance by Black Dyke Band, the programme will include the world premiere of Ian McMillan’s newly commissioned concert poem ‘Brass’ – performed by the poet and accompanied by the band. There is also a world premiere of a new euphonium work by Philip Wilby called ‘A Day In The Life’. Tickets are £10 and available from Leeds Town Hall Box Office Tel 0113 224 3801 (but free entry to Spotlight particapnts!)

    • Held at Leeds Metropolitan University - Headingly Campus (LS6 3QS), James Graham Building, Ghandi Hall.

    For more information or to register to take part please email David Thornton at

    Thanks and we hope to see you at the festival!

    David Thornton & Joe Cook