New Wilby piece for EYMS

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by eymsbrassband, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. eymsbrassband

    eymsbrassband Member

    The East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band are pleased to announce that they have commissioned a major new piece of music, from the pen of Professor Philip Wilby. This commissioning follows a successful bid for funding by the Band, from the Wilberforce 2007 Project, organised by Hull City Council.

    The Wilberforce 2007 Programme is launched on 6th September 2006, and runs until 30th October 2007, and is designed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery - mainly due to the efforts of William Wilberforce - and also to draw attention to the fact that slavery in many forms still exists around the world today.

    Hull, along with several other cities including Liverpool and Bristol have launched major festivals, but Hull being the birthplace of Wilberforce as well as being the constituency he represented in parliament, is expected to take the lead. A full programme of events is taking place including a visit of Sir Willard White, the launch of Wilberforce Free Trade Coffee, book launches by William Hague and Richard Adams, the Yorkshire Day celebrations, several new compositions written for various musical groups, and the visit of the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu to deliver the 2007 Wilberforce lecture. The premier performance of Philip's new piece is expected to take place on the 30th October 2007, at the same event as John Sentamu's lecture. Given the profile of Wilberforce 2007, this will be a highly prestigious event for the Band to be involved in, and one which they are delighted to to part.

    The E. Y. M. S. Band have worked with Philip Wilby previously, in 1994, he conducted the Band on several occasions, including work on both the concert and contest stage. Both the band and Philip are looking forward to renewing their relationship, and to the success of this project. Obviously, at this early stage, the piece of music is still very much on the drawing board, but it is expected when finished to be a substantial work, reflecting the 'Pride, Freedom, Belief, and Change' themes adopted by Hull City Council for this project.

    This is the second piece to be commissioned by the Band in recent years, in 2002 they premiered 'The Deep' by Bram Wiggins, written in reponse to a commission by the Band, for the opening of the world's first submarium - The Deep - in Hull. This was also completed with the assisstance of a Hull City Council Grant. This piece has since been used as a test piece at several contests, and has recently been recorded by the Band on a shortly to be released CD. Philip has also written music in this style before - writing a Millenium Commission for Opera North, based on an original text by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. There is a link there to this new commission, as Archbishop Tutu has previously given the Wilberforce Lecture in Hull, and is a patron of the Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation.

    As well as this commission, the Band expect to be involved in several peformances throughout the year linked to the Wilberforcec 2007 project, but it is this new piece, and the opportunity to work with Professor Wilby that has excited and lifted the Band.
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