As to the composer, as you may already know, he is one of the leading composers in Australia, with five symphonies, two concertos, overtures and other works to his credit. In 2000 he held the position of Associate Professor and Reader/Coordinator of Composition at the University of Melbourne. Amongst his other works for brass are a number written for The Salvation Army, including "Born to Battle" (written for the New York Staff Band) and "Rhapsody" (using the same tune of St Aelred), both of which are on "Essays for Brass, Vol 3" by YBS. He also wrote "A Vision of the Lost" for the Melbourne Staff Band's visit to the UK in 2001.Brenton Broadstock said:When I was asked to write a work for the Yorkshire Building Society Band I wanted to write something that had some socio-political connection, as this is an important aspect in all of my music, and something that had some relevance to Yorkshire. While not programmatic, "Winds of Change" comments upon the major changes that have swept through English society in the last 15 years, driven by economic rationalisation, causing many of the great industries of the Yorkshire area - the mines, mills and factories - to close. "Winds of Change" uses the hymn tune "St Aelred" (Aelred was a monk who spent most of his life in Yorkshire) as the expression of traditional society, and it can be heard in different contexts throughout the piece. In conflict with the tune is a savage fanfare accompanied by metallic percussion (representing the factories) and a triplet scherzo - the winds of change - and eventually these swallow up the tune and emerge as an almost triumphant fanfare. The work also uses tapping on the instruments and vocal sounds, not as gimmicks, but to represent the traditional workers. The work finishes with a brief arrogant and smug coda - the triumph of change! "Winds of Change" is dedicated to David King and Peter Graham and the YBS Band.