Friday 17 March 2017

CD of the Month: Dances and Arias - the music of Edward Gregson

This new disc of Edward Gregson’s music is a milestone for several reasons. Firstly, it forms a fascinating retrospective of music spanning the composer’s creative life, from the early, concise and tautly constructed Patterns of 1974, to music that although not entirely new in conception, is certainly new to its brass...read more

Friday 17 March 2017

Concert: Nidaros Brass Band

The Stars align for Nidaros! British EveningNidaros Brass BandGuest Conductor: Robert ChildsSolo Euphonium: Steven MeadByscenen, Trondheim, Norway The non-contesting Nidaros Band, formed in 2003 by former top elite players from the region, invited two of the most significant people of UK brass history in the past 40 years, Robert (Bob) Childs and Steven...read more

Friday 17 March 2017

CD: Romance

Bastien Baumet’s third solo recording, this is the first to feature the euphonium with piano. Key to the CD is the sheer elegance and musical refinement that the soloist brings to what is largely romantic repertoire in its atmosphere and age. The one notable exception is, perhaps, Philip Wilby’s Concert Gallop, written...read more

Friday 17 March 2017

Instrument: Odyssey Tuba

John Gillam takes the Odyssey Premiere Bb Bass Tuba for a ‘test-drive’ and pronounces it ‘a welcome entry’ to the market. With an economy price, I was first impressed with the clean lines and detail of design. In bright silver-plate with gold/burnished copper valve caps and ends to tuning slides, it’s very...read more

Friday 17 March 2017

CD: Kaleidoscopie

Having heard about Lionel from last year’s National Swiss Youth Band course, I was looking forward to hearing this CD and, from the first track, you know you are in for something very special. Lionel is no ordinary soloist, demonstrating a technique that defies logic. The tracks chosen for this album display...read more

Friday 17 March 2017

Concert: Stonkin’ night with Wayne Bergeron

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading trumpeters, Wayne Bergeron is a ‘must see’ when he visits the UK and, judging by the audience, I would say that almost every brass player in London (and beyond, no doubt) would agree with me. It's been five years since his last...read more

Friday 17 March 2017

CD: Patrons’ Choice X

Patrons’ Choice X opens with an exciting composition by Venezuelan composer and trumpet player, Giancarlo Castro D’Addona. The irregular meter and fluid melodies make Grand Fanfare a perfect ‘opener’ and, from the outset, you can tell this is a band on form. Handel’s Aria Con Variazioni is a cleverly crafted arrangement by...read more

Friday 10 February 2017

Eb Odyssey Premiere Tuba

Tuba soloist, Carlton Sykes, road tests the new Eb Odyssey Premiere Tuba in BBW’s February edition, with surprisingly good results, given its low price point... Read this article by subscribing to BBW Digital. Alternatively, subscribe to the printed magazine delivered by post: £40 (UK); £68 (Europe); £81 (Rest of the World)...read more

Wednesday 8 February 2017

CD: Of Gods and Kings

Of Gods and KingsFoden’s Band Conducted by Michael FowlesDoyen: DOY CD367 For me, a good disc has to fulfil certain criteria. The music has to interest me; the programme notes have to offer insight into the compositions, so that I learn something new, and there has to be a strong vision behind...read more

Tuesday 7 February 2017

CD: Fantasque - Alexis Demailly

FantasqueCornet soloist: Alexis Demaillywww.alexisdemailly.com This is a fine CD of new music for cornet and string quartet. The ensemble fits rather well into that tradition of clarinet quintets, the most famous of which are the Mozart, Brahms and Weber. One might expect the balance to be difficult to achieve, given the strength...read more


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