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10th anniversary repertoire for NCBBGB

Published in Events on 2013-07-23 by Empty Chairs

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On Jul 27th 2013, at Repton School

The National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBBGB) has confirmed its concert programme for its 10th anniversary celebration concert. which is to be held near Derby on 27 July.

The band will be performing a range of music and arrangements, as well as giving three world premieres by two British composers, Dan Price and Jonathan Bates, specially written for the concert.

Bates has composed In London Town, which is based around the number 10. The 10 minute long composition is largely based on 10 notes heard at the outset. The music features 'olde-English' style court music and contemporary dub-step/dance music. There are sections where the performers will use bird whistles to represent birdsong in parks and will sing in four-part harmony.

One of Price's new works bears the name of the famous, record-breaking steam train, Mallard 4468. Mallard is famous for holding the world speed record for a steam train of 125.88mph. The record was set on the Stoke Branch stretch of line north of Grantham on 3 July 1938, making 2013 the 75th anniversary since the record was broken. The music derives from the engine number 4468 and is translated into a melody using intervals of fourths, a major sixth and an octave. The music follows the journey of its record breaking run ending as it disappears from sight through Stoke Tunnel.

Meanwhile guest soloist, trombone virtuoso Peter Moore - a former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, who was the band's first ever 1st trombone player in 2003, will give the world premiere of Price's Roller Coaster. Moore will also play Gordon Langford's Rhapsody for TromboneBill Geldard's arrangement of I'm Getting Sentimental over you and Arthur Pryor's  Fantastic Polka. The remainder of the programme includes Paul Lovatt-Cooper's Young Legends and Eric Ball's Star Lake.

The band's concert will be held at Repton School, the culmination of a five-day residential course held at the school, led by course director Nicholas Childs, the music director of the NCBBGB and the world-famous Black Dyke Band.

Nicholas Childs commented: “It is always an exciting time when you can showcase the very finest brass stars of tomorrow, even more so when celebrating the 10th anniversary.  With world premiere performances from exciting composers Jonathan Bates and Dan Price, together with star soloist Peter Moore, we are guaranteed a concert not to forget.”

The 60 strong band, which draws its players from across the UK, will prepare for the concert coached by some of the UK’s leading brass and percussion players, including Black Dyke Band’s Richard Marshall, Paul Duffy, Sheona White, Gary Curtin, Brett Baker, Matthew Routley and composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Tickets are available priced £12 each and £10 for concessions. Tickets are available through Philip Biggs on 01223 234090.

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