'Trip Across the Pond' inspires new Euphonium work.

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  1. Highams

    Highams Member

    Slough, Berkshire, England
    'Trip Across The Pond' inspires new work for Euphonium.

    Willson Euphonium artist Charley Brighton takes the stage in the beautiful setting of St. Mary's Parish Church, Slough on August 19th. in another marathon recital as part of his 40th. year celebrations of Euphonium playing.

    Following the visit of composer Joe Miserendino from Pennsylvania to the UK back in May, Major Mark Hill of the USAF in Yorktown, Virginia commissioned Joe Miserendino to write a piece for Charley as part of his 40th. year celebrations.

    '.........for Charley Brighton, who has brought solace and refreshment to our spirits throughout four decades of dedicated artistry and kindly mentorship.'

    "It came as a complete surprise to me, and was a wonderful gift"

    Mark and his son, Kevin (cornet), were pupils of Charley's whilst stationed at RAF Daws Hill in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

    The music is titled 'A London Nightscape', and is very atmospheric, certainly evoking the nightclub and late night London street scene.

    There are two premieres in the recital, both by American composers. The other work being the final movement of a brand new Euphonium Concerto by Kenneth D. Friedrich from Texas, which Charley has very much 'made his own'.
    Charley has already premiered the first two movements of the new Concerto and the composer has just completed a wind band score which Charley hopes to premiere in the UK soon.

    Whilst the majority of the programme will be performed on the Willson 2900 Euphonium, Charley will also use 2 vintage euphoniums from his collection in the recital, with plenty more on display.

    A tiny Highams 5 valve euphonium dating from 1891 and a slightly later Boosey Solbron 3 valve euphonium.

    Since starting this recital series in May of 2001, Charley has performed 22 recitals, playing 118 new solos for the instrument, by 87 different composers, from 13 different countries, with 104 on piano and 14 on organ.
    There have been 6 duets and an incredible 49 premiers, on 12 different euphonium models, to a total audience of over 1000 people.

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