PLC puts Jack-in-a-Box for Bilton

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Smiling Sop, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Smiling Sop

    Smiling Sop New Member

    Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band is delighted to announce the premiere of “Jack-in-a-Box”, a new Xylophone solo by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, composed specially for their talented young percussionist, 12-year old Jack Fisher. The piece is due to be performed for the first time, by Jack, at the band’s Christmas Concert on Thursday 17th December 2009.

    Jack started playing with the Bilton Silver Band almost as soon as he could hold a pair of sticks, making his senior band contest debut, alongside his friend and mentor Antony Green, at the tender age of 8. He has been a member of the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain since 2007, following in the footsteps of cornet-playing sister Jodie.

    Bilton Silver Band secretary, Judith Hayes, said “Jack has shown an amazing talent and commitment that belies his years, and we felt it would be wholly appropriate to try to encourage him to achieve even more by commissioning a solo work from Paul, as a percussionist himself and a key member of the NCBBGB team.”

    Jack is very excited about playing the piece, saying "Since joining the NCBBGB, Paul has taught me so much. He is an amazing tutor, percussionist and composer and is so funny. I realise that I am very lucky to have the percussionist of Black Dyke Band, National Brass Band Champions of Great Britain, as my tutor, but to have a piece of music written just for me by him is just so exciting! I have been very busy practising and I hope that the audience will enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy playing it. I am very grateful to Bilton Silver Band for giving me this opportunity”.

    Paul added “It has been tremendous fun composing this piece, especially as it’s for such a talented young man. Jack epitomises what being a young musician is all about - hard work, a great attitude and to have lots of fun music making. And the piece suits him down to the ground as, like him, it’s cheeky and fun. I look forward to hearing him perform it.”