The Festival of Brass 2015

It’s a brand new year and with it comes an invigorated band having just made their first appearance of the year at the annual Festival of Brass event. The festival was held in the newly renovated concert hall at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester and ran over the last weekend in Janurary. A full review of the band’s performance from 4barsrest can be found here.

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Many thanks to Steve Probert for the above photo (the full gallery can be found here).

This years guest soloist was the internationally renowed performer and euphonium tutor Steven Mead. He had chosen to play the fiendishly difficult ‘Diamond Concerto’ (video here) written for him by Philip Sparke. Live recordings are available below:

Programme

Percy Fletcher – The Spirit of Pageantry
Edric Cundell – Blackfriars
Philip Sparke – Diamond Concerto for Euphonium and Band (Steven Mead)
Ernest Farrar (arr Richmond) – Heroic Elegy
Herbert Howells – Pageantry
Maurice Johnstone – Beaufighters

Recordings

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